By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Houston Texans have appointed Jack Easterby as the team’s new interim General Manager, according to the Houston Chronicle. He was the Texans Executive Vice President of Football Operations before Wednesday’s announcement.
Easterby takes the role from former General Manager and Head Coach Bill O’Brien, who was fired on Monday. O’Brien was let after guiding the team to an 0-4 record to begin the season.
There’s also speculation that O’Brien got into an argument with star J.J. Watt and defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver, according to the Houston Chronicle, before his firing.
Texans owner Cal McNair intends to hire a General Manager first. Then, give this person the power to make the decision on a new head coach.
The Texans will use a search committee with McNair leading the group to find the next General Manager.
“We’ll search for a general manager first, find the right guy, and then we’ll hire the coach,” McNair said. “Jack’s agreed to be the interim general manager while we conduct our search. Once we find the right GM, Jack will return to his position as executive vice president of football operations.”
“We’re going to do this the right way. We’ll start the interview process after the season and follow the league’s protocols. We’re going to work hard to get the best possible people for our organization. I think within the next couple of weeks, we’ll start the process internally.”
O’Brien became the General Manager of the Texans when Rick Smith took a leave from the team, as his wife was dealing with cancer. He made some very questionable decisions that has hurt the franchise for years to come.
He traded superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for often-injured running back David Johnson, who has had just one 1,000+ season in his career. He was a very lopsided deal in favor of the Cardinals, despite draft picks being involved.
“We’re going to hire a search firm to get us started and get their expertise,” McNair said. “We’re going to cast a wide net, take our time and make sure everybody’s aligned with where we want to go. We want to get as many good candidates as possible for both positions.”
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