Bill O’Brien bans Texans from using segways


Bill O’Brien is making some big changes with the Houston Texans heading into the 2014 season. We know the former Penn State coach is going to implement a new offense, but does he really need to take away the toys? Segways are no longer allowed around the Texans’ facility.

According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, O’Brien was recently asked if players will still be using segways to travel to the practice field and throughout the halls of NRG Stadium.

“No,” O’Brien said with a straight face.

O’Brien was then asked if players would still use the cart that transported them from the stadium to the practice field. He then pleaded with the media to not make a huge deal out of nothing.

“I mean, don’t make — we’re going to practice,” O’Brien said. “We go in the locker room. They put their stuff on, they grab their helmet, they walk out the door, they go right down to the right and they walk over that bridge over the highway and then get to the practice field and we start practicing.

“I mean, come on now, guys. Don’t make that a big deal , please. That is not a big deal.”

From the sound of it, O’Brien is taking the Charlie Strong approach with the Texans. That’s a little more risky with professional athletes, but he’s the boss. Arian Foster is not going to be happy about this.

Bill O’Brien got tired of the ‘Joe Paterno people’ at Penn State

Bill O'BrienBill O’Brien did all that he could and then some with a Penn State program that was reeling in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The former New England Patriots offensive coordinator compiled a 15-9 record through two seasons with a program that was banned from postseason play and stripped of several scholarships. So why did he leave?

For starters, O’Brien enjoys coaching at the professional level. That became even more obvious about a month ago, when O’Brien vented to David Jones of PennLive.com after longtime Penn State assistant coach Ron Vanderlinden left the program. O’Brien was asked if he was worried that the departure of Vanderlinden — a Paterno hire — would be met with resistance. He unloaded with a series of powerful quotes that Jones chose not to print until this week.

“You can print this: You can print that I don’t really give a s— what the ‘Paterno people’ think about what I do with this program,” O’Brien said. “I’ve done everything I can to show respect to Coach Paterno. Everything in my power. So I could really care less about what the Paterno faction of people, or whatever you call them, think about what I do with the program. I’m tired of it.

“For any ‘Paterno person’ to have any objection to what I’m doing, it makes me wanna put my fist through this windshield right now.”

O’Brien then went off about how he had been accused of making excuses every time he reminded folks that he is doing the best he can with a program that essentially faced the death penalty.

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Bill O’Brien is the new Texans head coach

Bill O'BrienBill O’Brien has reached an agreement to become the new head coach of the Houston Texans.

Reports have said that O’Brien was the favorite for the job, even though the team interviewed other candidates such as Lovie Smith.

O’Brien gained national respect after going 8-4 in 2012 as a first-year head coach at Penn State. He took the job when the program was hammered by the Jerry Sandusky scandal. O’Brien followed up his 8-4 season by going 7-5 this year.

Prior to Penn State, O’Brien spent five years as an offensive assistant with the New England Patriots, working his way from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.

This is one of the first dominoes to fall in the coaching game as Penn State will need to find a new coach. Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, who was just fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, could be a top candidate for the Nittany Lions job.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen first reported the news of O’Brien to the Texans. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the official announcement will be made on Thursday.

Texans share report about Texas reportedly having interest in Bill O’Brien

Bill-OBrienThe Houston Texans have begun their head coaching search, and one name that is now being thrown around is that of Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien. Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith is believed to be one of the top candidates for the job, and the Texans may have already interviewed him. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, O’Brien is another top choice.

On Thursday, Rapoport reported that O’Brien and the Texans have agreed to an interview. That would mean the interview has either already taken place or likely will in the near future. O’Brien’s buyout at Penn State was reduced from $13 million to $6.5 million in March, which would make it easier for him to jump to the NFL.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this story development is that the Texans official Twitter account linked to a story about Rapoport’s report on Friday morning. The story they linked to is one from the Texans’ official website. Typically, a team’s Twitter account and website would have the best interest of the team in mind and would not fuel speculation about a potential coaching hire.

If nothing else, this is somewhat of a first.

Did Bill O’Brien drop F-bomb on air? (Video)

Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien may or may not have cursed during his postgame interview on ESPN Saturday.

Following his team’s 24-21 overtime win over Wisconsin, a worn out O’Brien appeared to call his team a bunch of “f—ers.”

“They fight hard,” O’Brien continued. “They’re a bunch of great kids. It’s been a memorable year. We’re not an undefeated team, but we’re a hard-working, tough football team. At the end of the day, that’s what Penn State’s all about.”

Penn State finished 8-4 in their first season under O’Brien, and they closed the year 8-2 after losing back-to-back games to Ohio and Virginia to start the season. But back to more important matters, what did O’Brien say? In that context, both “fighters” and “f—ers” would make sense.

What do you think, did he curse or not?

Bill O’Brien: ‘Hell no!’ he wouldn’t recruit the Penn State players (Video)

When Lane Kiffin shamelessly began recruiting former Penn State running back Silas Redd, who eventually transferred to USC, most people said that that is something all college football coaches would do. Not Bill O’Brien, man of morals that he is.

The current Penn State football coach, who took the job while the school was being investigated for potentially covering up the actions of pedophile Jerry Sandusky, says he’s above such reprehensible conduct (comments at the 7:00 mark in the video above).

“Hell no!” O’Brien said. “That’s not the right thing to do in my opinion. So I wouldn’t do that.

“I’m not fighting for my career, I’m fighting for Penn State,” O’Brien said. “For what’s right about this football program and so at the end of the day, like I said, these coaches are playing by the rules. That’s what they’re doing.”

I love the way that O’Brien is trying to make himself into a martyr who is leading Penn State football through its “dark ages” where they feel they must stick together to persevere. This man willingly accepted a job at a school he knew was going to be punished. He didn’t care about the culture of covering up child rapes to protect the program that exists/existed at Penn State; he just cared about taking over a program with a winning tradition. In many ways what he has done is much worse than any coaches poaching his players who, by the way, are free to transfer elsewhere.

Helmet smack to Dr. Saturday

Bill O’Brien Yelled at Tom Brady and Is Now Penn State’s Coach

Want me to let you in on a little secret? Many of the big time people running college athletic programs don’t have any more of a clue than me or you. You honestly think anyone at Penn State had heard of Bill O’Brien a month ago? No way. Not a chance. But dude throws a hissy fit on league MVP Tom Brady after an interception against the Redskins in Week 14, and all of a sudden he becomes a head coaching candidate. Go figure.

That brings me to another point: When are folks going to learn that it’s Tom Brady who makes the Pats’ offensive coordinators look good, not the other way around? How great have Josh McDaniels and Charlie Weis been without Brady? Yet this dude is a hot candidate because he freaked out on Tom on the sidelines? Really? Is that all it takes to get a coaching job these days? Shoot, I’ll pick a fight with Tommy Boy if that’s what it means.

You’re also lucky I chose this angle for the story. I really don’t think Penn State is in any position to be searching for new head coaches. If there was a cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse occurring within the school, football program, and state, they shouldn’t have a football team.