Texans Won’t Hire GM

The Texans’ offseason is underway and they won’t be hiring a new general manager to manage things. On Monday, head coach Bill O’Brien confirmed the team’s previously rumored plans to keep the current structure in place without the addition of a new GM (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle). 

I feel like where we are right now it stays the way it is,” O’Brien said of the team’s current front office. “We have a great group of people.”

The Texans have taken a committee approach to roster management since firing Brian Gaine back in June. Since then, executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby has run the football operations department with O’Brien having final say. Meanwhile, VP of Football Administration Chris Olsen handles contracts and salary cap matters with Matt Bazirgan running player personnel.

When Gaine was forced out, the Texans were denied the chance to hire top Patriots executive Nick Caserio to serve as their GM. After their plans were thwarted, the belief was that they would wait until after the 2020 draft, then hire Caserio away from New England. Apparently, that’s no longer the plan.

The Texans’ unorthodox setup has not prevented them from staying active. The Texans traded for running backs Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde, giving them the quality backfield that they sorely needed. They also swung a blockbuster deal for Laremy Tunsil and moved Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks for a third-rounder and two players. That third rounder later turned into former Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley.

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16 comments on “Texans Won’t Hire GM

  1. crosseyedlemon

    The committee approach works great until someone urinates in the pool.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I’m saying that even when evidence of a mistake is obvious nobody on a committee ever accepts the responsibility for it happening.

  2. amk3510

    What has Bill O’Brien ever done to get all the keys to an NFL franchise? Does he have naked pics of Texans ownership??? This is beyond comical.

  3. DarkSide830

    this is only because they dont have another Clowney situation to botch again

  4. madmanTX

    Maybe going without a front office will get them street cred next season when they blow it again. Owner pushing O’Brien to win it all or die trying, I guess.

  5. puddles

    Smh. They trade all their picks to go all in, blow it in incredible fashion, and plan to make exactly zero changes to the structure…

  6. bippy boy

    Team has a great chance to take a step way back and have already traded 1 and 2 in 21

  7. Michael Chaney

    I’m not a fan of a head coach having so much personnel control. (Gruden is a different case because he signed a ten year deal.)

    Coaches have different objectives than the front office does, and if a coach is trying to keep his job then he’ll ignore the future and focus too much on win-now pieces. It’s how the Texans have pretty much given away all their future draft picks. Once their core gets more expensive and off their rookie deals, they won’t have any cheap reinforcements to replace them.

    • crosseyedlemon

      George Allen was probably the ultimate “win now at all cost” HC and coined the phrase “The future is now”. I’d rather have the power with someone like that than with a bunch of front office people whose prime objective is to avoid accountability and make excuses for under achievement.

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