Minnesota Vikings Rumors: Bill O'Brien Top Candidate to Replace Leslie Frazier?

By Andrew Fisher
Bill O'Brien
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The latest rumors have Leslie Frazier getting the axe at the conclusion of 2013. The Minnesota Vikings have regressed this season after winning 10 games a year ago and it’s clear that some changes are needed. Frazier is likely to get a lot of the blame for the Vikings’ failures and as a result, he’s a very good candidate to be shown the door at season’s end.

On top of the Frazier getting fired buzz, rumors have also emerged as to who the Vikings are interested in to replace him. That man would be Bill O’Brien, current head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions.

O’Brien is of course no stranger to the NFL. He worked for the New England Patriots from 2007-2011 as an assistant, wide receiver and quarterback coach. He was also promoted to be the team’s offensive coordinator in 2011. Over the past two seasons, O’Brien has been navigating through a difficult situation at PSU. However, despite numerous NCAA sanctions against the school, he’s kept the program relevant and respectable.

As for his possible employment with the Vikings, that’s all going to boil down to whether he wants to leave college. He’s making about $3 million a year at PSU and his team is only a year or two away from having its Bowl and scholarship restrictions lifted.

On the other side of things in the NFL, O’Brien would inherit a pretty good team in Minnesota. He’d have the league’s best running back and many Pro Bowl caliber players at his disposal. It’s unclear where the Vikings are headed at QB next season, but it’s worth noting that O’Brien was a coach in New England when Matt Cassel played there.

Who knows if he’ll be interested in the Minnesota job if it becomes open this offseason, but one thing is for sure about O’Brien – the Vikings won’t be the only NFL team interested in him.


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