Houston Texans: Rating the Nick Caserio hire as new GM

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Nick Caserio, Houston Texans

New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans hire Nick Caserio as new general manager.

The Houston Texans, for the first time in over a year, have finally filled their major void at the general manager position with the hiring of Nick Caserio, who formally was the Director of Player Personnel with the six-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Caserio spent 20 years within the Patriots organization, serving a variety of roles as he eventually ascended the ranks to become Bill Belichick’s right hand man and a significant leader within the organization.

Although the Houston Texans made Caserio’s hire as general manager official late this week, the news of his hiring spread Tuesday night. The initial reaction to the news of Caserio’s hiring was not received very positively as many Texans fans, and media members ripped Texans CEO Cal McNair’s decision to hire the former Patriots exec.

Adding more fuel to the very negative reaction to his hiring, the night that the news was released, Houston Texans starting quarterback Deshaun Watson posted a cryptic tweet stating:

“Some things never change…”

That tweet by Watson could be interpreted in many different ways, but there was an overall negative reaction by Houstonians to the news.

Next, we will be analyzing the Caserio hire as we discuss the positives and negatives of his presence on the Houston Texans front office.

Positives of Nick Caserio’s football resume

New Houston Texans GM Nick Caserio was one of the most experienced and knowledgeable general manager candidates available. His resume is certainly very impressive and difficult to overlook. He spent 20 years helping build one of the most formidable and legendary dynasties in NFL history.

Caserio played a key role in assembling the Patriots roster and making a plethora of key front office decisions that were critical to their several Super Bowl wins and their dominance within the league for the past two decades.

An important strength about Caserio is his vast experience within the NFL. After joining the Patriots in 2001 as a personnel assistant, Caserio steadily rose up the ranks in both executive and coaching levels.

From an executive standpoint, Caserio grew to become an area scout to the Director of Pro Personnel and then to the Director of Player Personnel in 2008, a post that he held until 2020. From a coaching standpoint, Caserio went from being an offensive coaching assistant in 2002 to a wide receivers coach in 2007.

This experience clearly shows how Caserio is strong in both an executive level and a front office capacity to the coaching realm as he will be able to talk and communicate with his players.

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