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O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:13 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 10:25 am
 
Tom Brady looks better every day. Every day, that is, an assistant gets hired away from the Patriots.

It’s a great thing to work for the Pats, at the top of your profession, chasing Super Bowls each season. A stark reality set in when Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini and Josh McDaniels left. They don’t necessarily get better. Their former franchise just keeps chugging along.

Freeman: Penn State should quit whining over good hire

See a pattern here? No. 12. He’s still there winning games without them.

With that, we present Bill O’Brien as the new coach at Penn State. O’Brien is the Patriots offensive coordinator. He is most famous to a large part of the population at the moment for getting into a sideline spat with Brady. For that transgression he was allowed to live.

Now he goes to Happy Valley where his career could die.

Maybe that’s not fair, but the one conclusion we can draw from this convoluted coaching search is that Penn State didn’t have a clue. If there was ever a time to hire a search firm, this was it. It didn’t. Instead, it looks like there were warring factions inside the search. What did Penn State want? We’re still not sure.

At least the school made a swift, definitive and convincing statement. Swift if you consider it was 45 days between Paterno’s firing and O’Brien’s reported hiring. Definitive if you consider that everyone but Knute Rockne turned down the job/used it for a raise/laughed into the phone when contacted.

Convincing if you consider that O’Brien, 42, may be nothing more than a sacrificial door jamb in big, cosmic coaching-go-round -- a go-between while Penn State football rights itself and the next Urban Meyer comes along. It’s only been a couple of days since he passed but let’s not forget that it was the late, great Gene Bartow who taught us never to be the guy to follow the guy.

Until his unsightly downfall, Paterno was college football’s Wooden. Paterno’s legacy is stained forever. But when the dust and lawyers settle, O’Brien will eventually be asked match a long, successful legacy that produced a .749 winning percentage.

Contract details have not been announced but if O’Brien doesn’t get at least a seven-year contract, he should fire his agent. The job was toxic before O’Brien took it. It’s going to take a while to clean it up. O’Brien is not the sexy hire that is going to talk undecided recruits in off the ledge. But the school couldn’t afford a sexy hire image-wise. That would have been sending the wrong message for a program that obviously has been worshipping at the altar of Paterno for too long.

During these 45 days, Penn State aimed high, scoured low and came up with a guy who is supposed to do what? Deconstruct and rebuild the program? Win the Big Ten next year?

Penn State would prefer to win quietly, out of the spotlight. That, of course, is impossible.

Fans with thousands invested in personal seat licenses aren’t going to stand for a de-emphasis of football. Winning the Big Ten anytime time soon seems impossible, too. There will be a faction of recruits who stay away from Penn State for obvious reasons: They don’t want to shower in the same place where a youth may have been sodomized.

There is still another faction of recruits who will always go there because they believe they can get to the NFL. That may sustain the program. O’Brien will say the right things and try to restore faith in football, school and community.

Time, then, for introductions all around. O’Brien has been New England’s OC since 2008. He has 14 years college experience as an assistant but none as a head coach. The Duke teams he was associated with went 1-22.

There are cautionary tales all around him: Weis parlayed the promise of seven games at Notre Dame into a 10-year contract. He is currently at Kansas trying to rebuild the Jayhawks and rehab his coaching image. Crennel is 26-41 as an NFL head coach. McDaniels lasted less than two years as coach of the Broncos. Magini is doing TV analysis.

O’Brien’s future awaits. Ironically, he needs a quarterback at Penn State for starters. Suddenly, for him, there are no Tom Bradys in sight.
Comments

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:35 pm
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Hey Real Zeel. I hope you are in your 20's bro, because by the time Penn State "turns it around", you'll be as old as Joe Pa. By that time, you'll be watching Lion games from your couch at home because you won't have the stamina to walk down the steps. By the way my man, the front row behind the bench is the absolute worst seat in the house.



Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:29 pm
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Well when you have the Greatest QB in NFL history...EVERYONE looks great. Welker, Hernandez, Gronk and Belichick. 



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:10 pm
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

The job may be toxic to most, but it's not true that nobody wanted the job.

Tom Bradley is at least as qualified as O'Brien, handled himself remarkably well when he took over for Paterno and would have rallied the greater community (students, alums, local residents) around the school.

Instead, they hired a guy with one big name on his resume, but an overall track record that is pretty poor. 

Moreover, they are trading an emphasis on defense for an emphasis on offense, which seems questionable when you're expecting the next few recruiting classes to be weak. 



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:10 pm
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Hernandez is 6'3.5'' according to his combine measurements.

Wrong again Jethro, even on the second attempt.

Undersized

http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles



/aaron-hernandez?id=497244
Just because you have turned out to be the dildo I thought you were.



The Patriots list him at 6'-1" 245 lbs but he seems taller than that to me. Interestingly, Florida carried him as 6-2, and the combine reported him as 6'-31/2":



Doubt he got shorter when he joined the Pats. Indeed, as the youngest player in the NFL this year, he could still grow taller before he's done.
I don't care either way. Have fun defending the hiring of the successor to Joe Paterno, legend and child molester enabler. You sure talk a lot about inbreeding with that perty mouth. Why don't you don't you do PSU some good and keep Sandusky company with it. <!-- / message -->



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:55 pm
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

A negative story about Penn State!  Another original article from Dodd.  I guess since everyone else has failed from the Patriots it should be automatic that O'Brien does.  In any team sport such as football, players make the difference.  I'm sure Meyer contributes alot of his sucess to Tewbo as does Bilichick with Brady.  The real story should be how Brady cried to management after getting yelled out on national tv. 

Too much work for that story . . . lets pick an easier topic that Dodd can write in 5 minutes.




Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:52 pm
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Anyone who thinks RichRod had a lack of "Alumi support" for his football program, stay tuned, this is gona be downright ugly.




Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:23 pm
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Hernandez is 6'3.5'' according to his combine measurements.

Wrong again Jethro, even on the second attempt.

Undersized

http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles

/aaron-hernandez?id=497244



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:23 pm
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

I love how every column writer thinks they know what's best for Penn State. How they can't hire a big name coach cause they can't put emphasis on the football program. That's BULL. Fact is Penn State wouldn't be Penn State if it weren't for the football program. Noone would even know who Penn State is. If you want to wipe out all remnants of the past football staff by all means do so, but don't punish the present and future teams for it. Penn State football isn't about coaches it's about the players and the fans. Punish the guilty not the innocent. Could Bill O Brien be a flop..sure, but he might not be. Until everything plays out in the years to come stop thinking you know exactly what is going to happen unless you can tell the future in which case call me cause I would like to know.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:18 pm
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

Is this the HOME RUN hire most Penn State fans have been talking about?  Yikes!!!



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:17 pm
 

O'Brien hire shows Penn State didn't have a clue

I can live with his opinion on O'Brien but what was the point of throwing Paterno under the bus yet again. I'm pretty angry that so many have thrown Joe down and beaten on him lately. Nobody in the meeting knows what actually happened. I've read the grand jury report and the conclusions that the media has come to about Paterno are vicious and unfounded at best. If you have read them I have a more likely scenario that played out. Joe went to his superiors first with McQueary. They later met with McQueary alone. It was stated by McQueary in the report that he told Joe he "may" have seen something but was not graphic in his account. Could these superiors bought McQueary's silence with a guaranteed job? It says a week later Joe followed up with his superiors. How did that conversation go? Did they tell him the authorities had been notified and they had taken away Sanduskies keys to the facility while an investigation was going on? Who knows what was said!! I find it very hard to believe that a coach of 46 years with an unquestioned moral fiber is so immediately turned upon. I would imagine Paterno is as sickened as I still am after the molestation charges came out. Not one former player has anything negative to say about Joe. I wish the facts would all come out so we would all know the truth. I have more of a character issue with McQueary. If he saw this happen, why did he not immediately call 911 and then attempt to rescue this boy. It does not add up, not one bit.


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