Bill O'Brien was rightfully near the top of the Eagles head coaching list. But shortly after the Eagles secretly interviewed the Penn State coach yesterday, he dropped out of NFL consideration, at least for this year. In a brilliant piece of maneuvering, O'Brien parlayed interest from the Eagles, Browns, and others into a $1.3 million raise and power to restructure the athletic department (perhaps even choose the AD). Now he gets money, leverage, and praise from alumni, fans, players, and recruits who are happy to see him stay in Happy Valley.
Great scoop by David Jones of the Patriot News.