Penn State Football: Time to Back-Channel a Familiar PSU Face

Aaron McKinneyCorrespondent IIIJanuary 3, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Penn State Nittany Lions speaks to the media after losing to the Ohio Bobcats at Beaver Stadium on September 1, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Bobcats won 24-14. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Everyone in the state of Pennsylvania and Penn State alumni all over the country love Bill O'Brien. Let me ask you this: can you blame him for listening to certain NFL teams?

Let's set some things straight first. He should really only consider the Philadelphia Eagles. They are a big fish in the world of NFL football. The Cleveland Browns may be interested, but he's probably not. He will likely only go to the City of Brotherly Love.

They have pieces in Philly. There are Pro Bowl-caliber players at more than a few positions on both sides of the ball. Not counting Michael Vick, there are three starters on offense, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy, that could play on any team.

The offensive line is a mess, but there is also a choice between molding the young Nick Foles or trying to revitalize (again) Michael Vick.

Not too bad.

I'm not going to say he's 100 percent gone if Jeffrey Lurie calls, but he's a fool not to consider it. I'm going to see the percentage at 50. He has lots to weigh in this decision. Also, I'm not sure how much he wants to be compared to a guy like Nick Saban in the matter of employment decision making. 

If, however, he decides to jump halfway across the state, Penn State leadership should be moving right now to get a guy who we believed before may be the guy: Mike Munchak.

Munchak is in a very difficult position right now. If his Tennessee Titans don't make some tremendous strides, he may be unemployed about a year from now. The rope you get to work with in the NFL is short. Just ask Jon Gruden.

Penn State will almost assuredly be limited to current assistants or former players who are now coaches. In light of the NCAA sanctions that were dealt before Bill O'Brien was hired. No coach with high aspirations would be willing to play this hand. There's where Mike Munchak enters. 

I'm not sure how he feels about his Titans team, but it doesn't seem like a playoff team, even with almost wholesale coaching upgrades and both offensive and defensive line help.

Yes, he has a young, developing quarterback in Jake Locker, but its starting to look more and more like he'll be nothing more than Vince Young with with mental toughness. He also has Chris Johnson, but the offensive line is below-average at best. 

Last year when all of this transpired, his Titans had narrowly missed the playoffs and there were definitely positive thoughts on their chances.

Now, the offense will have its third coordinator in less than one season. 

I would say Al Golden, but his position in Miami seems to be safer than Munchak's. All I'm saying is that it wouldn't hurt to have a "safety valve" in case the current savior decides to bolt for the big leagues.