On Sunday, reports surfaced that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien was 'on the verge' of replacing Joe Paterno as the next head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions. O'Brien himself has not commented on the matter.
Once Patriot player that hopes that these rumors are not true is quarterback Tom Brady. O'Brien has been both Brady's quarterback coach and offensive coordinator since 2007. Simply put, Brady hopes O'Brien stays with the team for the long haul.
"I don't know what's going to happen," Brady said. "I hope he's here for a long time. I told him that, too." (via WEEI)
Earlier in the season, Brady and O'Brien got in a heated confrontation on the sideline during the team's game against the Redskins in which O'Brien had to be restrained by players and coaches. When Brady was asked about it at the end of the game, he praised O'Brien as a great coach and friend.
"He's been a great coach and friend," the QB said. "We have a great relationship. Probably a very unique relationship in that we communicate all the time. I always enjoy working with him. He's done an incredible job with this team and this offense. He expects nothing less than our best." (via WEEI)