Houston Texans GM Nick Caserio must stay the course during rebuild

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Texans general manager Nick Caserio has a plan, and he must stick to it for longterm success.

Nick Caserio is the GM of a rebuilding Houston Texans team. I’m sure you’re not shocked by that statement. When teams are rebuilding, it can be very frustrating for all involved. Fans are impatient, it’s just a fact.

It would be easy for owners and GMs to listen to fans too much and sacrifice that longterm success for some early wins, but when a plan is working, it is best to stay the course, and that needs to be the case for Caserio and the Texans.

Right now, Houston fans are struggling. It’s hard to trust the front office. It’s hard to keep supporting the team. It’s also hard to project this team as a winning team as we look at it just before the start of training camp.

Many fans have already started calling for panic moves to be made, but that would be a huge mistake for Caserio. Caserio has stayed with a plan to rebuild the Texans through the draft, and not only is this the right way, it is the best way.

A youth movement for the Texans

Top picks in the NFL Draft can be busts. There’s no doubt about that, but staying young gives Houston a much better chance at sustained success over the long haul.

The rumors of the Texans being interested in San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would go directly against everything that Caserio has been doing since becoming the general manager of the Texans. If Caserio would make a trade for the 49ers quarterback, that would be a panic move which is a huge mistake.

Nothing against Garoppolo, because he is a solid NFL quarterback, and let’s say he could get this team to seven to eight wins in 2022, that is losing ground on the longterm future of this franchise.

Having a veteran quarterback in Garoppolo, who is only signed through this season, on a rebuilding team doesn’t help this future of Houston. A trade like that is just the opposite, as seven to eight wins means picking around the 15th or 20th pick, and for 2022, that’s moving a step or two backward.

If the Texans start Davis Mills and he fails, then they have a top 5 pick to get the next quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft. If Mills helps the Texans win seven or eight games, then it’s progress for the young quarterback and young roster.

As hard as it is to watch and endure, all fans  must be patient. If Texans fans want to have a team that is a serious contender for an extended period, then they’ll let Caserio stay the course.

Do you want one failed playoff run, or years of sustained success? You choose, but for success, patience and seeing Caserio complete his plan his way are a must for the Texans franchise.

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