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Updated Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:52 PM CT


Challenges lie ahead for GM-less Texans (Photo: Jack Easterby)

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December 1, 2019

No GM for Texans: Easy now, hard later

Jack Easterby joined the Houston Texans as executive vice president of team development in April 2019. In his role, Easterby provides leadership for Football Operations as well as directing the overall culture of the organization. Easterby is the team’s de facto G.M.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL reports that the Texans currently don’t plan to hire a General Manager in 2020,  a reversal of their plan to hire Nick Caserio away from the Patriots. After being hit with tampering charger for recruiting Caserio for the G.M spot, they decided to stand-pat. It seems that owner Cal McNair is fine with the arrangement since the team is 7-4.

That’s good news for coach Bill O’Brien (who is mostly running the show) and for Easterby (who is O’Brien's right-hand-man). 

The success of quarterback Deshaun Watson has a great deal to do with that, as opposed to how the "GM" is running the team.

But as Rapoport mentioned, questions still linger regarding the moves made as the season approached. Giving up a third-round pick for a stop-gap running back remains a significant price to pay for a position that can easily be addressed in the later rounds of the draft (or, as the Texans learned with Arian Foster, not in the draft at all). Giving up two first-round picks for tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills without signing Tunsil to a long-term deal will result in a much bigger contract for Tunsil than what he would have gotten on Labor Day weekend. Waiting too long to trade Jadeveon Clowney resulted in a limited haul β€” along with a requirement for the Texans to pay $7 million of his 2019 salary.

The moves that left the Texans without a pair of first-round picks and without more than a third-round pick to show for a dominant-when-healthy defensive player and the $7 million in cash and cap space they burned to accommodate the deal left them with little money to hire a legit GM.

The moment the 2019 regular season ends, O’Brien and Easterby will be strategizing to come up with a timeline and a negotiating strategy for extending Watson’s deal. 

This is when the rubber will hit the road for the GM-less Texans.


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