Houston Texans: 5 possible general manager candidates to replace Brian Gaine

Stephen Forsha
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs stands with general manager Scott Pioli during player warm-ups prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs stands with general manager Scott Pioli during player warm-ups prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: The Dallas Cowboys logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: The Dallas Cowboys logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

5. Will McClay

The Houston Texans hiring Will McClay away from the front office of the Dallas Cowboys would be very tough to do, but anything is possible if the timing is right and the offer is good enough. McClay is currently the Vice President of player personnel for the Cowboys and has done an excellent job in his roles within their franchise.

The last time the Texans tried to interview McClay was the last time the Texans were hiring a general manager. A little over a year ago McClay declined the interview, so that isn’t a good sign, but things change as the Texans just showed that in firing Brian Gaine after less than two full seasons.

Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com posted an interesting bit of information about McClay declining the Texans interview in an article from Jan. 2018, writing the following:

"“Will McClay would pass on the chance to interview for the Texans General Manager position, but McClay responded to it by saying there had been no official decision because he hadn’t heard from the Texans yet.”"

The Texans must think highly of McClay, as do the Cowboys,as he is an important part of their scouting department, so maybe the Texans can become the team that takes McClay away from the Cowboys as more than one franchise has tried in the past to do so.

Yes, McClay has spent nearly two decades with the Cowboys organization, but being he’s the vice president of player personnel for a franchise that has a nice roster, maybe he wants to take the next step and be the general manager for one of the Cowboys’ rivals.

From the looks of the situation, right now the GM spot for the Cowboys isn’t changing any time soon, so maybe McClay will look elsewhere if he wants to become a GM in the NFL.

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