Bill O’Brien has two jobs, and this may be the most important few days of the year for both of them.
Not only is he the Patriots’ offensive coordinator against the Giants in the Super Bowl, he's the head coach at Penn State where tomorrow is National Signing Day. How does he juggle the two responsibilities?
“I’ve been asked that question a million times, and it’s really about the people at both ends,” O’Brien said. “Bill (Belichick) has really helped here as far as the offensive staff and some administrative people that have helped me in New England when I haven’t been here, and then I think I’ve put together one of the best staffs in the country at Penn State, and they’ve hit the ground running up there.”
O’Brien said he’ll be kept up to date on the signings via fax tomorrow night.
“I already have a pretty good idea of who they’re going to be,” he said of his recruits. “Again, it’s really more about the Patriots and making sure we’re ready for today’s practice, tomorrow’s meetings and Sunday’s game. So it’s day-to-day.”
O’Brien became a little emotional when discussing his departure from the Patriots. But he spoke about why he decided to make the move.
“In coaching, when opportunities arise, you never really know when that’s going to happen,” he said. “So when the Penn State job was offered to me, or we first started talking about the job, I just realized right away what a special place that was. I felt like I could go in there and have an effect with our staff there and have an effect on some 17-year-old guys and watch them grow into 22-year-old men and graduate with a great degree. So at the end of the day, my wife and I and our family, we decided it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”