Interviewed Candidate No. 2: Matt Bazirgan
Matt Bazirgan is an in-house candidate for the GM position, as he is currently the Director of Player Personnel for the Houston Texans. Interviewing him isn’t a surprise to many, as the Houston Texans are, hopefully, exploring all options available.
This is more of a statement that says, “We are intently looking at our options despite the fact that majority of serious candidates are currently working with playoff teams and will be hard to access, and we will get a start on accessible candidates in the meantime.” Don’t be surprised if the Texans decided to do something similar for the head coaching position as well.
Bazirgan joined the Texans when they hired former Texans GM Brian Gaine, and despite the fact that Gaine was fired, Bazirgan proved worthy to the Texans as he remained a part of the organization.
Prior to joining the Texans, Bazirgan had gone through a variety of scouting and coaching positions with the New York Jets and spent 14 years working his way up in the Jets organization. He has a lot of experience that can be proved valuable to the GM position.
The main concern about Bazirgan is how much he was involved with all of the roster moves that have been made over the past several years. From overpaying for many players to approving some of the worst trades in NFL history, it’s a concern to me that there’s a possibility that Bazirgan could have had a bigger involvement in previous moves than originally thought.
In all honesty, anybody from the O’Brien years needs to be gone, and there needs to be a fresh start in the management. Anybody who approved of that Hopkins trade or failed to speak up doesn’t need to be there.
I love the experience Bazirgan brings, but some things are just unforgivable.