Bill O’Brien Eyes NFL; Top 5 Landing Spots For Penn State Head Coach

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Top 5 Landing Spots For Bill O'Brien

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The NFL's regular season is starting to wind down, as 15 weeks worth of action is officially in the books. Moreover, as the regular season comes a close you must remember that the infamous "Black Monday" is also upon us. Of course, "Black Monday" refers to the first Monday after the regular season in which at least three head coaches loss their jobs.

With that being said, it's never too early for NFL pundits to start speculating over which head coaches will be removed on that infamous Monday. Furthermore, the latest speculation involves a certain college coach that has never been a head coach for an NFL team -- Bill O'Brien. The current Penn State Nittany Lions leader has done a wonderful job taking over Joe Paterno's job and reportedly has his eyes set on the professional game.

O'Brien's name has already made the rounds as teams like the Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans are supposedly sold on the former New England Patriots' offensive coordinator. If you can recall; O'Brien was very close to accepting a head coach job with the Philadelphia Eagles last year, but the Eagles wound up going with Coach of the Year candidate Chip Kelly instead.

At the end of the day; O'Brien is a hot commodity right now and these five NFL teams are all potential landing spots for this Bill Belichick disciple.

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No. 5: New York Giants

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Tom Coughlin is done. The New York Giants' team of free agents simply quit on Coughlin and it's time to pass the torch along in the Big Apple. Besides, what better way for O'Brien to start his career then with a team that beat his New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Talk about bringing it all full circle.

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No. 4: Minnesota Vikings

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Leslie Frazier's hot seat is incredibly hot. With so much uncertainty in Minnesota the Vikings would be best served to give Bill O'Brien a call. Besides, O'Brien is a quarterback coach by nature, and the Vikings surely could use some help under center.

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No. 3: Washington Redskins

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The Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III relationship is a dumpster fire. And the Washington Redskins have made it clear that Robert Griffin III is the franchise player, so what better way to appease RG3 then to surround him with a college coach?

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No. 2: Houston Texans

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The Houston Texans are the only team on this list with an interim head coach. Houston has enough talent for a rookie head coach like Bill O'Brien to win and with all of the success first-year head coaches have had in 2013 -- the Texans could do much worse.

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No. 1: Detroit Lions

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Jim Schwartz did his job. He took over the Detroit Lions and brought them from the underground to the basement, but the Lions are in a position where the basement just doesn't cut it anymore. Therefore, Bill O'Brien is the ideal candidate to strip the Lions of their "bonehead" identity and create a Super Bowl winner in Detroit. And if anyone can clean up the Lions -- it's someone from the Bill Belichick tree of coaching.