February 23, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has proposed a college football rules change that would slow down hurry-up offenses, by allowing the defense at least 10 seconds to substitute, before the next play is run. Obviously, if college football goes that way, there's a chance the movement will spread to the NFL, where teams such as the Eagles have been known to make playing uptempo a key component of their approach. Eagles coach Chip Kelly hasn't spoken to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine, but one of Kelly's friends, who has a similar mindset, said yesterday he doesn't much like the idea, particularly in the pros.
January 5, 2014 |
Bill O'Brien says he understands how some people feel let down because he left Penn State after only two years as head coach, but he wants them to know that he didn't want to pass up a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity presented to him by the Houston Texans. O'Brien was introduced Friday as the Texans' new head coach at a packed news conference inside Reliant Stadium in Houston. And he made sure to reach out to his former players and Penn State fans during his opening remarks. "I want to thank Penn State for the opportunity they gave me to be their head football coach," he said.
January 3, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - He showed up as a no-name coach, but in two seasons, his dimple-chinned face became familiar to the blue-and-white faithful, and he did more than just keep a program afloat in an arduous scenario. Much to the chagrin of Penn State fans, however, Bill O'Brien will not be back for a third season. The 44-year-old will become the next head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans, ESPN reported Tuesday night, and an introductory news conference is expected today. Rumors of O'Brien's potential departure from Penn State swirled for a few weeks, but really gained steam Saturday, when ESPN reported that O'Brien, a former New England Patriots offensive coordinator who spent 5 years under Bill Belichick, was the "overwhelming favorite" to land the Texans job. He will take over a Houston side that won the AFC South in 2011 and '12 and has a core group of talent that includes defensive end J.J. Watt and wideout Andre Johnson.
January 2, 2014 |
After guiding Penn State to two winning seasons despite crippling NCAA sanctions, coach Bill O'Brien has reached an agreement to become head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans, according to several news outlets. The news was first reported late Tuesday night by ESPN, which quoted league sources. The Houston Chronicle said the agreement would be announced formally on Thursday and that O'Brien would be in attendance. There was no word on the length of the contract nor how much it will pay O'Brien, 44. The coach is on the hook for a buyout of close to $6.7 million, presumably to be taken care of by Houston, to get out of his Penn State contract, which still had 31/2 years left to run. The NFL Network quoted sources that said O'Brien agreed to the deal right at the deadline the Texans had set. O'Brien led Penn State to a 15-9 record in his two seasons, with his final game an upset victory at Wisconsin.
January 1, 2014
The Eagles' home opponents for 2014 will be the Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Rams, Seahawks, Jaguars, Titans, and Panthers. Their road opponents will be the Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, Cardinals, 49ers, Texans, Colts, and Packers. Information in Monday's editions was incorrect.
January 1, 2014 |
Penn State's Bill O'Brien could be offered the job of head coach with the Houston Texans as early as Tuesday, ESPN reported Monday. The network quoted sources as saying the hiring of the Nittany Lions' coach was "imminent. " Reports indicated that Texans chairman Bob McNair wanted to wrap up negotiations with O'Brien by Tuesday, even though he said Saturday that the organization had a long way to go in its search for a successor to Gary Kubiak, who was fired on Dec. 6. The path for O'Brien was made clearer on Monday when a source told the NFL Network that the Texans would not interview San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, one of their reported targets, because of his involvement in the Chargers' playoff preparations.
December 31, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State's season has been over for a month, but a potential loss has fans on the edge of their seats. Bill O'Brien has been in talks to become the Houston Texans head coach, and was reported to be the "overwhelming favorite" for the job, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. It is the second straight year rumors of the Nittany Lions head coach bouncing to the NFL have surfaced, as he had discussions with the Cleveland Browns and the Eagles at this time a year ago. O'Brien has not said anything publicly since Penn State's last game - a win at Wisconsin on Nov. 30 - and when the ESPN report surfaced on Saturday afternoon, it sent the Penn State fan base into a frenzy.
December 30, 2013 |
After two years as head coach of Penn State, helping successfully lead the Nittany Lions in the wake of crippling NCAA sanctions, is Bill O'Brien ready to head to the NFL? Citing unnamed league sources, ESPN reported Saturday that O'Brien has emerged as the "overwhelming favorite" to become the head coach of the Houston Texans, and that a deal could be worked out by later this week. According to the report, O'Brien and his agent, Neil Cornrich, met with Texans officials Thursday at O'Brien's home on Cape Cod. Both sides decided to hold "intensified" discussions in the next week that they hope will lead to an agreement.
December 26, 2013 |
What would they have done if they lost? The 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-24, Monday night in the last game at Candlestick Park and some San Francisco fans commemorated the event by filling a few of the city's jails. Police said they made 30 arrests during the game, and an additional 81 people were ejected. Most of the arrests were for public drunkenness, though one person was taken into custody on suspicion of trying to steal a seat from the stadium (just one?). Police had to take the miscreants to smaller lockups at district stations because the hoosegow became so full at one point, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
December 14, 2013 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 15. Watch 'em roll Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots at Dolphins. Rob Gronkowski's absence is bad news for Tom Brady's owners, but Vereen's stock gets another boost. Especially in PPR leagues, his versatility will be integral to the Patriots' game plan. With the vulnerable Dolphins defense up next, Vereen should pile up the yards both rushing and receiving. Ben Tate, RB, Texans at Colts. He's coming off a surprisingly mediocre outing against the surging Jaguars, but the Texans' workhorse has an excellent chance to rebound against the dismal Colts run defense.