Report: Texans hope to hire Bill O’Brien this week

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Penn State Nittany Lions Head Coach Bill O’Brien appears to be very interested in coming to the NFL in 2014, and after he agreed to interview with the Hosuton Texans earlier this week, ESPN’s Chris Mortenson is now reporting a deal between the two teams may be near:

And this report comes from ESPN:

"Bill O’Brien has emerged as the overwhelming favorite to become the next coach of the Houston Texans, and the two sides are working to get a deal in place within the next week, league sources told ESPN. O’Brien met with the Texans this week after Christmas at his home in Cape Cod, resulting in intensified discussions they hope will culminate with a finalized contract, the sources said."

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.