In all likelihood, Bill O’Brien will be a head football coach again one day, whether it’s in the NFL or at the college level.
But the former Penn State head coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator’s chances of returning to the pros for 2022 appear to have taken a hit.
O’Brien was interviewed by the Jacksonville Jaguares earlier this month. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reported that the team is about to begin its second round of interviews and said he “wasn’t getting the vibe” that O’Brien is what the team wants.
In seven seasons as coach of the Houston Texans from 2014-20, O’Brien went 52-48 overall and won the AFC South four times, albeit never making it past the wildcard round. Before Houston, O’Brien played a central role in keeping Penn State football respectable after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, overcoming NCAA sanctions to go 8-4 in 2012 and 7-5 in 2013.