According To Reports, Texans Will Have GM By Committee in 2019

The Texans Will Not Hire A General Manager Ahead of The 2019 Season

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July 10, 2019 - 7:38 pm

It’s only been about five weeks since the Houston Texans decided to make the brazen move and fire general manager Brian Gaine after only one season on the job, and now they’ve reportedly settled on the idea they don’t need one at all for the upcoming season. 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday afternoon that the Texans are not planning to hire a GM for the upcoming season and will instead split GM responsibilities amongst the current front office staff.

According to the Schefter report, among the staff that will handle GM duties going forward, include Matt Bazirgan, James Liipfert, Chris Olsen and Jack Easterby. 

For a little background on the GM by committee going forward, Matt Bazirgan has a background with Houston in the scouting department, James Liipfert spent last season with the Texans as director of college scouting while Jack Easterby joined the Texans just recently after serving as the Patriots’ character coach for the past six years. Chris Olsen of course has been with Texans for the past 12 seasons, during which much of that time Olsen has worked as the teams capologist, managing the salary cap and negotiating player contracts. 

The way the Texans have handled the offseason has been met with much criticism. From letting defensive back Kareem Jackson walk in free agency to drafting left tackle Tytus Howard with the 23rd overall pick to tiptoeing through free agency without at least kicking the tires on a number of veteran offensive and defensive linemen to the firing Gaine back in early June. 

Following the firing of Gaine, reports of the Texans targeting Patriots personnel man Nick Caserio surfaced. 

The Patriots, unwilling to relinquish a key man in their organization that easily, filed tampering charges against the Texans. That struck enough fear into the Texans and thwarted any chance of a seamless transition from one GM to another. The Texans of course later agreed to nix their pursuit of Caserio, in exchange of the Patriots dropping the tampering charges. 

Now, with a looming personell move still looming (Jadeveon Clowney) and the potential for much more roster tinkering to do, as training camp is just over two weeks from beginning, Texans owner Cal McNair is primed to enter the 2019 campaign without a lead personnel man for the first time in franchise history, and a head coach in Bill O'Brien, entering his 6th season that has a lot to prove in such a pivital season.