Romeo Crennel moved on to be head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Charlie Weis moved to the college ranks to be the head coach of Notre Dame, Eric Mangini left for the New York Jets' head coaching job, Josh McDaniels agreed to the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos and now New England's offensive coordinator, Bill O'Brien, is set to be the next Belichick disciple to take a head coaching job elsewhere.
O'Brien joined Belichick's coaching staff back in 2007 as an offensive assistant, and was then promoted to the team's quarterback coach and play-caller in 2009. He was ultimately named the team's offensive coordinator prior to this season.
O'Brien will replace the legendary Joe Paterno after JoePa was fired midseason by Penn State trustees after the arrest of Jerry Sandusky, his longtime assistant who faces child sexual abuse charges.
Even if the O'Brien-to-Penn State transaction falls through, the current New England offensive coordinator's contract expires this season. He will likely be a hot commodity for the multiple head coaching jobs opening up across the NFL and college ranks.
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