It’s the unofficial official end of a long dumb saga. The Texans hired Jack Easterby from New England to be their director of player personnel, fired Brian Gaine, satiated the Rooney Rule, tried to poach Nick Caserio from New England like some mystical albino jungle cat from the swaths of Myanmar, were accused of tampering, and then backed away completely once Houston either remembered or found out Caserio had a clause in his contract that prevented him from signing with another team that the Patriots might not have been able to enforce to begin with. As a result, Houston will not have a general manager for 2019, and instead the role will be split up among multiple men like the Articles of Confederation.
ESPN and Adam Schefter typed up the exact details yesterday afternoon:
“The Houston Texans are not hiring a general manager for the 2019 season and instead will divvy up those responsibilities among existing front-office members such as Matt Bazirgan, James Liipfert, Chris Olsen and Jack Easterby, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Houston has been without a GM since June 7, when they fired Brian Gaine. He had been in that role since January 2018 after signing a five-year contract with the team.
At the time of Gaine’s firing, the Texans said their football operations would be led by Olsen, the team’s senior vice president of football administration, while they searched for a new GM.
One potential GM candidate was New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, who is under contract with the Patriots. When Houston attempted to interview him, New England filed tampering charges against the Texans, which they ultimately dropped last month.
Former Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer and San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew were among those the Texans did interview for the vacant GM job.
Houston finished last season 11-5 to win the AFC South but lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round.”
The Houston Texans are not hiring a general manager for the 2019 season and instead will divvy up those responsibilities amongst existing front-office members such as Matt Bazirgan, James Liipfert, Chris Olsen and Jack Easterby, per league sources. But no GM in 2019 for Houston.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 10, 2019
This has been reported by the local media before, but the first time it’s been confirmed by the big bad national media. On a slow NFL news day yesterday, this was the big news. Even the big guys have to fabricate content. Houston won’t have a GM this season, as you probably already know, and next season, look for the team to make another run at Caserio as the Texans further and further keep trying to be the Patriots.