ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Live that the Texans' head-coaching contract with Penn State's Bill O'Brien is "imminent," and expects it to be finalized "in the next 24 hours."
O'Brien is leaving Happy Valley, as expected. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain earlier reported the Texans were "closing in" on the onetime Bill Belichick assistant, and Mort's report essentially confirms it. The Texans already satisfied the Rooney Rule by interviewing Lovie Smith prior to Week 17.
Ahh yeah, my favorite time of the season is nearly here. Reports that aren't really reports but guesses that turn out not to be true 99% of the time, but what in the hell, I'll make a new thread for them every time. You're welcome.
Ok, now I feel a little better about this thread creation. A real reporter is on the beat -
"Teams who fired coaches might be checking on Bill O’Brien and find out he’s closing in on a new job in Houston,” McClain wrote.