Houston Texans Plan To Continue To Operate Without General Manager

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The Houston Texans plan to continue this offseason and beyond with their current personnel structure rather than hire a true general manager in title. Head coach Bill O’Brien has the final say but he works with the team’s executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby to be in charge of football operations.

This offseason, the Texans courted New England Patriots top executive Nick Caserio but fell short. The thinking had been that Houston would hire him after the draft. That is no longer the plan.

In addition to O’Brien and Easterby running things, Chris Olsen (VP of Football Administration) does contracts and manages the salary cap and Matt Bazirgan handles player personnel. The structure is unique but it hasn’t halted the team’s progress.

The Texans have made a number of moves this season to win now. They moved a conditional fourth-round pick that turned into a third-rounder for running back Duke Johnson. They traded reserve offensive lineman Martinas Rankin for running back Carlos Hyde. They moved Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks for a third-rounder and two players, which they turned into cornerback Gareon Conley in a trade with the Raiders. And in their biggest acquisition, the Texans sent Miami two first-round picks, wide receiver Kenny Stills and more for left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

All and all, the Texans have found the structure they feel that fits, they’re 7-4 and in first place with an important game tonight at home against the 10-1 New England Patriots.