CBS is ranking the coaching hires this offseason, from worst to first.
Coming in at No. 23 (out of 26) is … Bill O’Brien at Penn State:
O’Brien will be under more scrutiny this fall than perhaps any other new head coach. O’Brien has to attempt to replace legendary coach Joe Paterno as the school continues to recover from both Paterno’s recent death and the never-ending Jerry Sandusky saga. O’Brien’s first head coaching job won’t be easy. “We’re going to work extremely hard to uphold the standards of excellence that [Paterno] set there and blaze our own trail there,” O’Brien said. “It’s a new era of Penn State football.” O’Brien, 42, spent the past five seasons with the New England Patriots, but does have college experience. Before his NFL stint, he spent 14 seasons as an assistant at Georgia Tech, Maryland and Duke.
This summary doesn’t really say he won’t be a good coach; it just says it’s a very hard job. I’m not sure that makes him one of the four worst hires of the offseason.
Or, as we noted, O’Brien is likely destined to fail (though no fault of his own).