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O'Brien's work with quarterbacks should make him a prime target of the Redskins.
While his previous venture into the college ranks was unsuccessful, Snyder shouldn't be deterred from looking again.
From Jim Harbaugh to Chip Kelly, former college coaches are having success on the NFL level.
Judging from what Bill O'Brien has done in his short stint at Penn State, he very well could be the latest to do so in the NFL.
Replacing a legend like Joe Paterno wasn't even the biggest obstacle O'Brien faced after being hired by Penn State in 2012. Sanctions coming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal left O'Brien's Nittany Lions short on talent, as scholarships were lost and players were permitted to transfer without penalty.
And what did O'Brien do? He led Penn State to an 8-4 record in 2012 and a 7-5 record in 2013.
Even with such success, the main reason Washington should pursue O'Brien is his work with quarterbacks.
In his first season under the helm, O'Brien transformed a lightly regarded quarterback in Matt McGloin into one of the nation's best quarterbacks.
While McGloin went undrafted, he parlayed his successful campaign under O'Brien into a starting gig with the Oakland Raiders.
In addition to his work with McGloin, O'Brien has coached Big Ten Freshman of the Year Christian Hackenberg and a guy named Tom Brady in the NFL.
That's right, O'Brien has experience coaching in the NFL as well. During his lone season as the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator, the Pats were second in the NFL in total offense.
From his tutelage under the tight-lipped Bill Belichick to his work with the aforementioned quarterbacks, O'Brien could be an elixir to the circus that followed the Redskins in 2013.
Question is, would O'Brien be willing to leave Penn State?
With ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reporting that O'Brien is seeking to reduce the NFL buyout in his contract, it's possible that he may be willing to do so.
In the event he is, Snyder would be wise to gauge his interest. If he can turn McGloin into an NFL starting quarterback, what could he do with a talent like Griffin?
This is certainly a question Snyder might want to find an answer for.