How will losing Bill O'Brien affect Pats?

Updated: January 9, 2012, 8:36 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A touchdown's worth of thoughts on New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien's agreeing to become head coach at Penn State:

1. Could this be a distraction to the Patriots? If any team is equipped to handle it, it's New England. The Patriots have been through something similar before, when Charlie Weis was hired as Notre Dame coach during the 2004 Patriots season. While few of the same players are still around, the same structure is in place and Bill Belichick, ...

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