O'Brien a strong candidate at Penn State

The chances of the New England Patriots losing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien this offseason are increasing.

Not only is O'Brien being mentioned for head coach openings in the NFL. But according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, O'Brien is a strong candidate for the Penn State job.

O’Brien's name is on the rise after doing a masterful job working with quarterback Tom Brady and New England's high-powered offense. A recent sideline spat between O'Brien and Brady only raised his profile more nationally.

Many of Bill Belichick's former assistants have gone on to land head coaching jobs at the pro and college level. Among them are Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis.