Texans team president Jamey Roots, someone most people never knew existed, came under scrutiny this week during the promotion of his new book, where he wrote that he was proud of the fact the Texans made money, sold seats, and were financially excellent even when the football itself wasn’t.
During a Zoom call with season ticket holders—to promote his new book, of course—Rootes discussed Rasputin, the wolf in lamb’s cloth, that great stinking mash behind the pulpit, Jack Easterby. Easterby has taken over the general manager role in Houston since the firing of Bill O’Brien. Before that, Easterby was integral in the decision-making process that led to Houston’s embarrassing pursuit of Nick Caserio, the trade for Laremy Tunsil, the trade that sent DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona, and other true genius personnel moves, like trading Eli Ankou for a seventh round pick despite Eli never playing a snap in Houston.
There were rumblings earlier this week of Romeo Crennel coming back for another season, which led to rumblings that Easterby was the man behind this in a naked attempt to keep his seat upon the general manager throne. Fans were scared and upset. Sportswriters were traumatized, thinking they’d have to continue to cover this mess.
This fire has been tamped since Rootes’ conference call. During it, he stated the following:
“You’re right,” Rootes said in response to a question that pointed out Belichick’s quote (Belichick stated Easterby was not a personnel person earlier this week). “Jack would be the first person to tell you he’s not a personnel guy. Jack will not be the general manager of the Houston Texans. Jack realizes we need personnel expertise to put together the best football team. He doesn’t have enough time in the day. He’s working on sports science, working on nutrition. Spread the word. Jack has no intentions of being the general manager.”
“We gave Bill complete autonomy relative to personnel and that did not work out. We admitted it. We’re cool. Hope will spring eternal in January when we introduce a new coach and new general manager.”
“I can’t be more clear on that, and this is from Jack: He has no intentions on being the general manager.”
So there you have it. Easterby will not be the Texans’ general manager next season. He’s learning about science, nutrition, things of that nature. The Texans still plan on hiring a general manager once the season ends and then a head coach after that. We will finally embark on a new iteration of Houston Texans football.
Like all things Houston Texans football, however, what is said is seldom the truth. We’ll have to wait and see. Nothing is official until it happens. Jack Easterby, like all monsters, could still rise again even after he’s cold, powerless, and laying on the floor. Until a new Texans general manager is finally hired, no one can be sure it won’t be him.