Bill O’Brien on ‘short lists’ of Browns, Eagles

We’re less than 24 hours from the beginning of “Black Monday,” and the rumor mill is churning at a frantic pace.

Appearing on Sunday NFL Countdown, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien is on the “short lists” of the Browns and Eagles.

Only one year removed from the NFL, O’Brien appears to be drawing more interest than Oregon’s Chip Kelly, who’s similarly been linked to Philadelphia in recent days.

Mort cautions that O’Brien “would not necessarily jump” at an NFL opening, and it would qualify as a “surprise” if he made the leap.

O’Brien, the former Patriots offensive coordinator, was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in his first season with the Nittany Lions. He’s done a nice job rebuilding a program rocked by the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The only certainty surrounding this report is both the Browns’ Pat Shurmur and Eagles’ Andy Reid will be issued pink slips. Whether O’Brien fills one of those impending voids remains to be seen.

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