Espn Penn States Obrian Texans Working On Deal

12.30.13 | Bob Price

Bill O'Brien has emerged as the overwhelming favorite to become the next coach of the Houston Texans, and the two sides are working to get a deal in place within the next week, league sources told ESPN.

O'Brien met with the Texans this week after Christmas at his home in Cape Cod, resulting in intensified discussions they hope will culminate with a finalized contract, the sources said.

O'Brien, 44, just finished his second season at Penn State, where he was the Big Ten coach of the year in 2012, followed by a 7-5 season this year while playing with a freshman quarterback and amid heavy sanctions placed on the Nittany Lions after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The Texans, who lost their 14th straight game Sunday to finish 2-14, are searching for a replacement for Gary Kubiak, who was fired earlier this month.