A common figure in recent GM searches, Nick Caserio looks set to come up in another one. The Texans requested an interview with the longtime Patriots executive in 2018 and are expected to pursue him again, according to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter).
The Patriots denied the Texans permission to interview Caserio and college scouting director Monti Ossenfort last year. The Texans fired Brian Gaine on Friday afternoon and will begin a replacement search immediately.
Caserio and Bill O’Brien are close, and the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain tweets this is almost certainly an avenue the Texans will explore in their effort to replace Gaine. O’Brien, who is set to coach alongside a third GM in Houston, spent five seasons as a New England assistant.
Caserio and Josh McDaniels pulled out of the 49ers’ GM/HC searches two years ago and remain key Patriots decision-makers. Caserio has worked as the Patriots’ player personnel director since 2008, serving as a central figure in the Bill Belichick-run operation.
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