Ozzie Newsome Atop Texans’ GM Wish List

The Texans have interviewed or requested interviews with several NFL staffers and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick thus far. This search could approach 20 candidates. However, one may hover above the rest.

Houston is interested in former Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome, with Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reporting the ex-Ravens Super Bowl-winning exec is “at the top of the Texans’ wish list.” Because Newsome stepped down as Ravens GM after the 2018 season, giving Eric DeCosta personnel control, he would be free to interview with the Texans. Newsome currently serves as Ravens executive vice president.

However, Newsome has spent his entire executive career with the Ravens (and Browns 1.0 before that). He remains heavily involved in Ravens operations, though DeCosta oversees the franchise’s roster. Some close to the 64-year-old exec do not expect him to leave the Ravens for another NFL team, with La Canfora adding a role at his alma mater (Alabama) would be of interest before an NFL gig. But the Texans are genuinely interested in prying him from the Ravens, JLC adds.

This would be quite the upgrade from Bill O’Brien yet quite the fixer-upper project for someone as accomplished as Newsome, given the shape O’Brien left Houston’s roster in. The Hall of Fame tight end spent 23 seasons as Ravens GM, winning two Super Bowls and drafting Hall of Famers Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

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11 comments on “Ozzie Newsome Atop Texans’ GM Wish List

  1. M Haworth

    That would be a great get if they could convince him to take the job.

  2. Ak185

    Ozzie stepped away from GM duties in Baltimore, a franchise bearing his signature. I doubt he did that because he wants to continue running a team. His presence in the franchise indicates that his stepping was not done due to a desire to get away from it all, because Newsome still works actively with the franchise.

    If Newsome has taken a year off from football entirely and got the itch again, maybe I could see it. But his continued presence in Baltimore and his past career there make this a difficult proposition. Can’t blame Houston for trying, though.

    • Jcool90

      Exactly hes not leaving. The dumbest rumor I’ve seen in a long time. Haven’t seen it on any other site.

  3. bigeasye

    Aside from Desaun Watson and JJ Watt, what on earth is the appeal of the Texans job? It’s going to be at least three years until they’re competitive again.

    • Ak185

      Total control over the franchise, I suppose. There’s no one there to stand in your way if you’re GM, as the coaching staff will all be gone (unless you believe that stuff printed about Easterby, I suppose). It’d be a blank slate, with Watson as your QB. If a coach wanted to make a name for himself, he could do it by “fixing” the Texans.

      I personally agree with you, that I’d stay away if it were me, but I think that’d be the appeal. Especially since Watt is on the way out and there really isn’t any long term youth to build on anywhere n the team other than Watson and Tunsil. The Texans aren’t old exactly, but none of their stars other than those two are really young either.

    • bestno5

      Some people like the challenge of fixing a franchise that is a total mess

    • Tatsumaki

      Watson sucks as well, watt also is injury prone and old. Nothing to like about the job, colts and Titans are both built much better in the short and long term

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