Report: O'Brien an NFL head coach candidate in '12

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Report: O'Brien an NFL head coach candidate in '12

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has had his fair share of success coaching the great Tom Brady, but how would he fair in the big boy chair on a new team?

We may soon find out.

NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports that O'Brien may be emerging as a potential NFL head coaching candidate across the league, and specifically names the Chiefs as one suitor.

O'Brien, of course, has experience working with Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, now with the Chiefs.

La Canfora also lists other former Patriots coaches Romeo Crennel and Josh McDaniels as possible head coaches going into the 2012 season.

Crennel is the interim coach for the Chiefs now, but could get that interim tag lifted.

O'Brien is one of many names that Penn State has put together for it's head coaching job, according to a La Canfora source with knowledge of the situation.

Brissett’s injured thumb looking good in Patriots' locker room

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Brissett’s injured thumb looking good in Patriots' locker room

FOXBORO - Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett made his way through the locker room Tuesday morning without any splint, tape or cast on his right thumb.

"Never seen so many people looking at my hand," Brissett joked as he passed.

Brissett said he wasn't addressing the media en masse on Tuesday but when asked if he's feeling "tip-top," he answered, "Oh yeah."

Brissett injured the thumb Thursday in the second half of the win over Houston.

We reported it was a "minor" injury that wouldn't need surgery.

Brissett, for what it's worth, was carrying a binder in his right hand.