The last time Bill O’Brien was in the NFL he was the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. Then in 2012, he left the Patriots to take on the head coach job at Penn State replacing legendary coach Joe Paterno and now just two years later, O’Brien is returning to the NFL. According to ABC News on Jan. 2, the former Nittany Lions coach has been hired to coach the Houston Texans.
O’Brien will replace former Texans’ coach Gary Kubiak, who was fired after a very disappointing season for the team. He will be the third coach in the history of the Texans since their expansion season in 2002. After a 2-14 season, the Texans are a team looking forward to a change and a fresh start. O’Brien is enthusiastic about the opportunity.
He told reporters following the hiring:
“In your lifetime, you only get certain opportunities so many times. This is a great opportunity to work with an owner like Mr. (Bob) McNair and an organization like the Texans. It is a very exciting time for myself and my family.”
Bill O’Brien hopes to instill the winning attitude he adapted from his time with the Patriots and Penn State to an organization that has only had a brief taste of winning and certainly has the talent to compete again right away.
Although O’Brien is happy to be moving on, he is proud of his time with Penn State and has left the team in a better position than when he first took over the job following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.