On January 13th, our Houston Texans officially hired the third general manager in franchise history. Brian Gaine had worked for the Texans in the past, but spent the 2017 season working for the Bills as their VP of Player Personnel. No one’s quite sure how the possible continued presence of Rick Smith in the organization will play out, but Gaine, already fairly familiar with the franchise and front office, hit the ground running. Gaine discussed with the Mothership what he’s done so far and what he plans to do in the future.
In his first month on the job, the Texans had the opportunity to coach one of the teams in the Senior Bowl, giving a team woefully lacking in first and second round draft picks prime access to those players who might be available in later rounds.
Gaine’s also taken the time to analyze the play of the men currently on the roster, looking at what works, what doesn’t work, and how to address fourth down and special teams play.
His third focus is on preparing for free agency and draft meetings. If the Texans are to rebound from the dumpster fire that was last season, restore a roster deficient in talent in a number of positions, and regain their place atop the AFC South (which finally looks like something other than the worst division in football), Gaine and company will need to succeed on all fronts.
Obviously, it’s early, but have you seen anything from Gaine that gives you hope? Concern? Anything you’d like to see him and his team do as we move into the quasi-post-Rick-Smith-era in Houston?