The Houston Texans don’t know whom they are hiring as their next general manager, but they seem to have a pretty good idea who it won’t be.
The man in question is interim GM Jack Easterby, who replaced Bill O’Brien. Earlier this season, O’Brien was fired from his dual role as GM and coach after the Texans opened 0-4.
Yes, the Texans need a coach, too. But let’s focus on the mess at the top for now.
According to Texans president James Rootes, Easterby doesn’t even really want the GM job.
“Jack would be the first person to tell you he’s not a personnel guy,” Rootes told reporters on a Zoom call. “Jack will not be the general manager of the Houston Texans.”
In the event that’s not enough comedy for you, Rootes continued.
“Jack realizes we need personnel expertise to put together the best football team. He doesn’t have enough time in the day,” Rootes said. “He’s working on sports science, working on nutrition. Spread the word. Jack has no intentions of being the general manager.”
What Rootes leaves out is the fact that Easterby is indeed currently serving as the team’s GM.
Team owner Cal McNair took it a step further. He made it sound as if Easterby may not even be with the team next season.
“There’s no decision made on Jack until we can talk to the next general manager,” McNair told reporters. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
The Texans are 2-7. They have fallen on hard times one season after finishing 10-6. They went 11-5 two years ago.
But given the weird things going on in the front office, is it any wonder the men in uniform can’t seem to produce?
The Texans hired an interim GM. They insist he’s not a GM. And pro football in Houston is worse off for it.