Bill O’Brien is making all of the decisions for the Houston Texans, as he’s officially the general manager.
Houston Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair announced with a statement on Tuesday that head coach Bill O’Brien has officially been named the General Manager of the franchise, and Jack Easterby has officially been given the title of Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
O’Brien was basically the acting GM this past season, as he was also the head coach of the Texans who won a playoff game, finished 10-6 in the regular season and won a second straight AFC South championship.
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All of those accomplishments still left a void for the Texans as they blew a 24-0 first-half lead to the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Texans had issues when it came to being a complete team compared to the top teams in the NFL.
Remember last year the Texans wanted Nick Caserio, the Director of Player Personnel of the New England Patriots, but were never officially granted permission to interview Caserio by the franchise.
In the statement released by the Texans, McNair said the following:
"“Preparations are underway for the 2020 season and I thought it was important to update titles, roles and responsibilities for Bill O’Brien and Jack Easterby so they more accurately reflect the way we have been operating for the past eight months,” said McNair. “I was encouraged by the progress that our team made on the field this year which was due in part to our new structure, operating approach and the leaders within our football operations group.”"
McNair continued in the statement released on Tuesday:
"“I am proud that we provided our fans with many thrilling victories at home, including a playoff win, and we delivered another double-digit win season. Our fans deserve that, but now it is time for the organization to get back to work toward our pursuit of a world championship for the city of Houston.”"
That said, the question is: Was this the correct decision made by McNair and the front office of the Texans? As Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells used to say, “If I’m going to be asked to cook the meal, I’d like to be able to pick the groceries.”
Houston’s head coach O’Brien is now officially the shopper and the chef, and the good, bad and ugly will now all be on the shoulders of O’Brien and Easterby, so there will be no more excuses from anyone.
Remember, the Texans don’t have a first-round pick for the next two drafts after trading for Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills with the Miami Dolphins. They also traded a second-round pick in the 2021 Draft as a part of that same deal.
Re-signing Tunsil has to be at the top of the list for the Texans, as they can’t afford to lose him to free agency after all they traded. There is also a contract extension waiting for quarterback Deshaun Watson, and there are others who will need contract decisions made, too.
There is a lot ahead for the Texans this offseason, and now with the Texans knowing who is officially running the show, all of the chips have been pushed to the middle of the table. The Texans are all-in with the decisions they’ve made and the personnel McNair has picked to lead the franchise in 2020 and beyond.