Bill O'Brien interviewed with Browns this week, according to report


First-year Penn State coach Bill O'Brien may replace Pat Shurmur in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Browns interviewed Penn State coach Bill O'Brien earlier this week, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Browns are looking to replace Pat Shurmur, who was one of seven NFL coaches fired Monday.

O'Brien spent this year coaching the Nittany Lions in his first season at the helm. O'Brien replaced Joe Paterno, who had coached the team since 1966. Despite starting the season 0-2, Penn State finished the year with an 8-4 record under the leadership of the Massachusetts native.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora indicated Thursday that O'Brien was likely to leave Penn State for a head coaching job in the NFL. The Eagles also remain an interested party.

According to USA Today, any team who hires O'Brien would have to pay $18 million to Penn State because of a buyout clause.

O'Brien moved to Penn State from the New England Patriots, where he was the offensive coordinator for one season. He also spent time in New England as the wide receivers and quarterbacks coach.

Shurmur coached the Browns for two seasons. Cleveland went 5-11 under Shurmur this season, finishing fourth in the AFC North. Over the last two years, the Browns went 9-23 and did not make the playoffs.

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