The Houston Texans are getting ready to build a new football team for 2022. Hopefully this team will be better than the four-win team we just watched in 2021. Nick Caserio is looking at the third overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Deshaun Watson still sitting on the roster, dead cap space from players released or traded affecting the team’s ability to spend, and is trying to find a new head coach for the Texans. There are numerous plates up in the air that Caserio is trying to juggle.
Caserio went on Houston’s Sports Radio 610 with Seth Payne and Sean Pendergast yesterday to discuss the state of the team. Caserio talked about having the third overall pick, Laremy Tunsil’s status, whether Watson will play on the Texans again, the current head coaching search, and, of course Jack Easterby. You can catch it below.
#Texans GM Nick Caserio spent about 20 minutes with @SethCPayne & @SeanTPendergast discussing the head coach search, Deshaun Watson, Jack Easterby, Laremy Tunsil, the draft and more.— SportsRadio 610 (@SportsRadio610) January 18, 2022
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If you don’t want to listen to the entire interview, you can catch the highlights from Rivers McCown. Here’s Caserio discussing Jack Easterby:
Nick Caserio on Jack Easterby: "Have lots of respect and appreciation for the job that Jack does ... not a lot of people probably understand enough ... I don't see that really changing going forward ... Jack's been a punching bag since he's got here ... everybody has an opinion." pic.twitter.com/STuYu7dMoH— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) January 18, 2022
The injury that Tunsil sustained last season, why he didn’t play, and being non-committal about Tunsil playing for the Texans in 2022:
Nick Caserio on Laremy Tunsil: "The injury that he sustained, whatever it was, was a legitimate injury ... in the end, it didn't work out ... we'll go through our team whenever we do get the head coach in place ... Laremy would fall into that category just like everybody else." pic.twitter.com/jeeK2qiD1b— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) January 18, 2022
Waston being more than likely not to play for the Texans again, and the team’s mindset as they explore trade options:
Nick Caserio on Deshaun Watson returning: "That more than likely would not be the case, but to your point ... we just have to be open-minded, and just take the information, and process it, and ultimately make the decision we feel makes the most sense for everybody involved." pic.twitter.com/jyRetO3tuH— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) January 18, 2022
And Caserio being on the headset in-game to help his head coach make decisions, continuing a similar role he had in New England:
Nick Caserio on being on the headset: "When you're in the press box for 17, 18 of 20 years ... this year, it was more just listening, observing ... Gets a little bit magnified because of my "title," ... I know what my role and title is but I don't really look at it that way." pic.twitter.com/JxMeQFzj8v— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) January 18, 2022
Caserio has been a good interview since coming to Houston. At times he can say a lot without getting to much of anything, but today, he provided actual responses to questions to better illuminate things as the Texans enter the offseason. To his credit, Caserio has made himself available to the media far more than his predecessors did.
Unlike last year, when the Texans were missing draft picks and lacked cap space, this will will be an interesting offseason in Houston. Caserio has now provided a background and setting the team will be operating in.