BG, We Barely Knew Ya: Gaine's Best And Worst Moves

Landry Locker
June 07, 2019 - 8:37 pm

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Brian Gaine, we barely knew you. 

The Texans dropped a total news bomb today when they announced they had fired GM Gaine just 18 months after hiring him to run their football operations.

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Gaine’s short tenure was interesting to say the very least, but most people would consider it uneventful. Gaine didn’t have a 1st or 2nd round draft pick in his first draft, never landed a top-tier free agent and despite originally saying a long-term contract with Jadeveon Clowney was a goal, he never paid No. 90.

It’ll be interesting to see how this thing shapes up, but in the meantime here are the best and worst moves Gaine made during his time as Texans GM.

 

No. 1 Best Move: Drafting Justin Reid In The 3rd Round, No. 68 Overall In The 2018 NFL Draft

If they re-did the 2018 NFL Draft Justin Reid would likely be a first-round pick. However, Gaine was fortunate enough to land him in the third and looked very smart in doing so.

Pro Bowls are in Reid’s future and the second-year safety goes down as not only a steal, but the best pick of the short Gaine era.

 

No. 2 Best Move: Signing Tyrann Mathieu To A One-Year $7 Million Deal In 2018

Regardless of how you felt about potentially committing big money to Mathieu long-term this offseason (I was against it), the one-year contract with the Honey Badger was well worth it in 2018.

 

No. 3 Best Move: Drafting Keke Coutee In The Fourth Round, No. 103, In 2018

Coutee had two 11-catch games in seven games in 2018. There’s no doubt Coutee is an impact player when healthy, but now he just needs to stay on the field.

 

No. 1 Worst Move: Signing Aaron Colvin To A Four-Year $34 Million Contract

Aaron Colvin was a great slot-corner for Jacksonville, but had never played on the outside at a high-level. That didn’t stop Gaine from giving Colvin $18 million guaranteed and a four-year $34 million contract.

Colvin was a disaster from the beginning and struggled to stay healthy. The salt on the wound was Colvin being a healthy scratch at the end of the season for Shareece Wright, who was constantly burned as the $34 million man watched on the sidelines in street clothes.

 

No. 2 Worst Move: Signing Matt Kalil To Compete For The Starting Left Tackle Spot In 2018

After making the Pro Bowl in his rookie season in 2012 Matt Kalil’s career has been on a steady decline. He’s considered one of the biggest busts in Minnesota Vikings history and was released by the Carolina Panthers after two seasons.

After a failed tenure in Minnesota Kalil signed with Carolina in 2017 and received a five-year $55 million deal despite injury concerns.

How did Kalil’s injury concerns play out in Carolina? Kalil missed the entire 2018 season with a knee injury and had undergone arthroscopic surgery on the same knee in 2017.

Given the Texans concerns on the offensive line it was mind-boggling to see Gaine bring Kalil in to compete for the starting left tackle spot.

Kalil is yet to be cleared to practice and I’m on record saying if Kalil is an effective player in 2019 I’ll send Gaine a Chick-fil-A nugget tray. I will hold true to that promise despite Gaine’s departure.

 

No. 3 Worst Move: Changing His Tune On Jadeveon Clowney

Gaine originally said signing J.D. Clowney long-term was a goal, but 18 months into his tenure Clowney remains unsigned and absent from OTA’s. I’m still not sure what exactly changed here and it becomes even more confusing when you consider how much cap space they have remaining.

 

No. 4 Worst Move: Not Adding Interior Pass-Rush Help This Offseason

Gaine has acknowledged interior pass-rush help is needed but didn’t do anything to address it this offseason. He didn’t pursue Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh and didn’t spend a premium pick on an interior pass-rusher.

The Texans have good run-stopping defensive linemen, but not many guys who can get after the QB from the inside, which Gaine acknowledged, but still ignored.

 

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