Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien is one of the many coaches from the college ranks who many teams in the NFL will try to lure into the next level.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, O'Brien could be open to the possibility to jump to the NFL, stating:
...sources say teams that have gauged his interest have been informed by a third party representative that when O'Brien accepted the task of being the late Joe Paterno's successor, he was told by school officials that the Jerry Sandusky scandal was a criminal matter, not an NCAA concern. That proved to be bad information as Penn State was dealt a four-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions as part of its penalties.
Mortensen did reiterate that other sources have claimed that O'Brien, "would not leave Penn State for just any NFL job."
However, Sports Illustrated's Peter King has tweeted out that O'Brien is seriously considering interviewing for an NFL Head Coaching position:
Happy Valley alert: I hear Bill O'Brien is strongly considering interviewing with an NFL team.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) January 1, 2013
Teams are still reaching out to O'Brien, who is reported to be on the shortlist of many NFL teams. CBSSports.com's Jason LaCanfora even tweeted out four teams who could be interested in O'Brien.
CLE, AZ, PHI and SD all interested in Penn State's Bill O'Brien according to pro and college sources. Pursuit begins this week— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 1, 2013
Despite the teams in pursuit, O'Brien has always publicly said he will stay at Penn State. But if he does have a change of heart, here are some teams that the former New England offensive coordinator could immediately help.