When the Houston Texans fired Gary Kubiak a few weeks ago, most presumed that it was in an effort to get a leg-up in the coaching search. In the weeks ahead, there will be coaching vacancies that Bengals staff members Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden might be looked at for filling, but the Houston Texans job likely won't be one of them.
Connection between Titans and Jay Gruden
The Cincinnati Bengals have a handful of coaches on their roster that could become head coaches in the NFL. Jay Gruden is one.
According to a report from ESPN NFL Insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien appears to be the Texans' target. So much so, that the two sides seem to be working on a deal as we write this. O'Brien has done a tremendous job the past two years resurrecting a highly-limited Nittany Lions squad, after the sanctions placed on them from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Previous to his job at Penn State, O"Brien was another member of the Bill Belichick coaching tree. He was assistant coach and eventually became their offensive coordinator. Unlike other members of the Patriots family, O'Brien has had some success as a head coach, though he hasn't been tested in the NFL yet.
Texnas owner Bob McNair was said to have been enamored with former Bears head coach, Lovie Smith, but that seems to have cooled off with the potential availability of O'Brien.