The Houston Texans may be in the market for a head coach in 2016 per Jason La Canfora who says Bill O’Brien may be interested in the open coaching job at Maryland. O’Brien coached running backs in Maryland from 2003-2004, so he is familiar with the school.
With a rough second season, and apparent rifts between he and general manager Rick Smith, it makes sense that O’Brien would be growing frustrated with his position in Houston. Making matters worse, Texans owner Bob McNair seems to favor Smith, who has never been held accountable for his countless draft blunders.
Per La Canfora, O’Brien is gaining a reputation for leaving jobs quickly. He took the Houston job after only two seasons at Penn State, and if he did decide to coach the Terps, he would again be out after just two seasons.
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This reputation could work against the coach, as apparently some in Maryland are not fond of hiring a guy who would simply leave in a year or two. Another sought after candiate by the school could include Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Reich was also a student and quarterback at Maryland.
With Houston sitting at 3-5, they still have a shot at winning their division, due to a poor start by all four teams in the AFC South. If they are able to get to the top of their division, it may entice O’Brien to stay.