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Houston’s Loss Is Buffalo’s Gaine

The Texans have lost a member of the front office, and Rick Smith’s tree has grown a branch.

Miami Dolphins 2008 Headshots
Farewell, sweet prince.
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Brian Gaine’s name has bounced around teams that are looking to fill their empty general manager positions, with the Bears, Eagles, and 49ers, heretofore unsuccessfully mentioned as possible landing spots for the Texans’ Director of Pro Player Personnel. Today, however, the Texans’ luck at keeping Gaine in-house finally ran out.

The Buffalo Bills announced that they are hiring Gaine to serve as their new VP of Player Personnel. Gaine had recently interviewed with Buffalo for their vacant GM position, but lost out to Brandon Beane for the job. For his part, Beane has already hired Joe Schoen, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, where he served as Director of Pro Personnel, to serve as his Assistant GM.

The move from Houston to Buffalo, at first glance, appears to be a lateral move. Gaine served the Texans as Director of Pro Player Personnel and will serve as Vice President of Player Personnel in Buffalo. Word on the street is that Gaine will have a stronger say in player roster moves than he enjoyed in Houston, and he wanted to take on the challenge of a rebuild (something that would put him in good stead for future GM opportunities).

For the Texans, Larry Wright currently serves as Assistant Director of Player Personnel and could make the move into the Directorship with this move.

How do you feel about the loss of Brian Gaine? Will it make little to no difference to the Texans?