Earlier this week, Albert Breer of Monday Morning Quarterback fame went on Ryen Russillo’s podcast to discuss the NFL. That conversation led to Breer talking about Jack Easterby. You can listen to the entire podcast here. Steph Stradley has bookmarked the parts you, as a Houston Texans fan, should really pay attention to.
20:00 thoughts on Dabo in NFL— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) October 19, 2020
22:25 Easterby topic (“should be more of a national story”). (me: YES!!! This is NOT NORMAL).
23:55 “a lot of personnel people in the league wouldn’t trust him”
26:50 “if I’m a #Texans fan I’m scared”
27:45 Easterby connection to McNairs https://t.co/VGYxQVxZ20
In this clip Rivers McCown pulled, Breer talks about the influence Easterby has in Houston.
Albert Breer on Jack Easterby's influence on HOU on Rusillo podcast: "And I don't want to trivialize this at all, but the religious angle I don't think is insignificant here ... built in that way, it makes sense that Easterby was able to saddle up to Cal McNair, right?" pic.twitter.com/JUx79jwVk5— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) October 19, 2020
In this clip, Breer discusses Easterby’s ascension from working as a quality control guy in New England to leaving for the Colts with Josh McDaniels (whoops!) to heading to Houston, where he allegedly aided in the firing of Brian Gaine and the botched attempt to bring Nick Caserio to Houston. Breer also discusses the relationships Easterby has with Dabo Swinney, people in New England, and Cal McNair.
Albert Breer on Jack Easterby's rise on Rusillo podcast: "If you talk to people who worked with him in New England ... they were all sort of suspicious of him ... A lot of personnel people in the league wouldn't trust him at this point ... clearly he has the ear of the owner." pic.twitter.com/eoPBKvzxU1— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) October 19, 2020
We’ve known that Easterby has been a shadow figure in Houston whose job title and responsibilities has grown significantly these last two seasons. What he exactly does at NRG Park is unknown. As the Texans search for a new general manager and head coach, how much influence Easterby has could decide who the Texans try to find to lead a new regime charged with building around Deshaun Watson.
Hopefully for someone with such a minuscule football background, any influence is small and the reports are overblown. For now, it does seem like Easterby is playing a significant role in Houston’s decision-making process.