Secure in the warmth of five years of guaranteed compensation, Brian Gaine and Bill O’Brien press on in their efforts to remodel the personnel management arm of your Houston Texans. The latest example is the organization’s decision to cut ties with its Director of Football Operations, Jason Lowrey.
To the extent there’s a single sentence in the linked article that could lead some to speculate why the Texans made this move, it’s probably this:
Lowrey worked under and was close with former Texans general manager Rick Smith, who’s now on a leave of absence while his wife battles cancer.
Of course, it’s not fair to declare that Lowrey lost his job purely because of his relationship with Rick Smith, especially because the Texans promoted and extended Chris Olsen, who was Smith’s longtime right hand man when it came to contract negotiations.
If you’re wondering what a Director of Football Operations does exactly, Lowrey’s bio in the team’s media guide declared he was responsible for “...all aspects of team travel, including the planning, lodging, and transportation needs of the organization.” It also mentions he handled the day-to-day football operations budget and was in the coaches’ booth on gamedays.
Best of luck to Mr. Lowrey as he searches for new employment, whether it’s in the NFL or elsewhere.