Penn State’s Bill O’Brien interviews with Texans; Impact on Bengals

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Apr 20, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien answers questions from the media following the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions Head Coach Bill O’Brien appears to be very interested in coming to the NFL in 2014, and now he’s agreed to interview with the Hosuton Texans, according to’s Ian Rappaport. Not surprisingly, O’Brien, a former Bill Belichick protege, is being considered one of the top candidates for several NFL openings.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio doesn’t think it’s automatic that he leaves Penn State, as the school has done everything in their power to ensure O’Brien remains in Happy Valley.

If he does take the Texans job, or any NFL head-coaching gig for that matter, that’s one less place for Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer and Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden to leave for. The likelihood that one of them leaves this offseason is very high, and the Bengals need to avoid losing both of them in the same offseason.