Penn State Football: 8 Replacements for Bill O'Brien If He Bolts for the NFL

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Penn State Football: 8 Replacements for Bill O'Brien If He Bolts for the NFL
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To say that Bill O'Brien has done a phenomenal job at Penn State this year is an absolute understatement.

While many (including me) doubted his hiring in the first place, O'Brien has done everything he's been asked and then some on and off the field.

On the gridiron, it's astonishing what he's done with a Nittany Lions offense that's been stagnant and predictable for the past decade or so.

Taking a former walk-on quarterback in Matthew McGloin under his wing, O'Brien has engineered and coached up arguably the Big Ten's best offense.

In conference games this year, the Lions led the Big Ten in total offense (437 ypg) and were second in scoring (32.6 ppg) and pass offense (283.1 ypg).

Off the field, it's remarkable how he sold current players to stay with the team and how he successfully conducts recruiting upper-echelon high school players such as Christian Hackenberg and Adam Breneman. 

And even after losing proven performers like Silas Redd and Justin Brown to sanction-prompted transfers, O'Brien was still able to lead the Lions to an impressive 8-4 record.

With all that he's done, of course the thought of him potentially leaving for an NFL job is at the forefront of this offseason.

Even though in my opinion (for what it's worth) I think O'Brien stays in Happy Valley, let's have some fun and pick some coaches around the country who may be considered if O'Brien were to bolt to the NFL.

 

Disclaimer: This slideshow is based purely on my opinion and not any confirmed rumors.

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