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Sources: Texans to hire O’Brien of Penn St.
- Updated: Jan 1, 2014
O'Brien Agrees With Texans
Penn State's Invoice O'Brien has reached an settlement to turn out to be the new coach of the Houston Texans, in response to league sources.
The deal is anticipated to be introduced no later than Saturday.
Texans owner Bob McNair wished a coach who had both NFL expertise and head coaching expertise.
O'Brien, a protégé of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, was a New England assistant from 2007 till 2012. He finally turned the offensive coordinator for a Patriots crew that lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
He left the Patriots two years in the past to take over Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.
Regardless of a bowl ban and relaxed switch guidelines that allowed gamers to leave Penn State immediately, the Nittany Lions went 15-9 beneath O'Brien, together with 10-6 within the Huge Ten. He was the conference coach of the year in 2012.
Earlier than becoming Penn State's coach, O'Brien, 44, was an offensive assistant with the New England Patriots from 2007 to 2011, and took over the function of offensive coordinator earlier than transferring on.
The Texans have been the first crew to create a training vacancy this season when they fired Gary Kubiak on Dec. 6, and they're the primary to make a brand new rent.
Houston has reached an agreement to make Penn State's Invoice O'Brien the subsequent head coach of the Texans, according to sources.
Despite Tremendous Bowl aspirations and what Texans owner Bob McNair referred to as the most proficient roster he'd ever had, the Texans went 2-14 this season after winning back-to-again AFC South titles the earlier two years.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took over as interim coach as soon as Kubiak was fired, and he was one of three candidates the Texans interviewed for the position, together with O'Brien and former Bears coach Lovie Smith, who did not coach during the 2013 season after being fired after the 2012 season.
O'Brien met with the Texans the week after Christmas at his house on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, sources stated.
As a situation to returning to Penn State for 2012, O'Brien and the school agreed to an amended contract that lowered his buyout to affix an NFL workforce from $19.33 million to $6.forty eight million. There had been conversations to additional reduce the NFL buyout.
Incoming Penn State recruit Thomas Holley, the school's second-highest ranked recruit in 2014, advised ESPN.com that he had a dialog Saturday with O'Brien, who told the defensive lineman that he means staying with the Nittany Lions.
However, Holley backtracked from those feedback on Sunday.
The Texans will decide first total within the 2014 NFL draft and are anticipated to focus on a quarterback for the longer term.