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Report: The Houston Texans to name new GM by Friday

Power structure expected to change

June 11, 2019 - 10:30 am

By John P. Lopez 

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The Texans expect to have the fourth general manager in franchise history in place by Friday, with Nick Caserio likely the choice, an NFL source told Sports Radio 610.

In addition, the power structure within Texans football operations is expected to be redefined, with Texans senior vice president Jack Easterby taking on as powerful a role as the GM, if not more so. Under the new football brain trust, Easterby could well have final say on all football-related decision before they go to Texans owner Cal McNair, the source said.

Easterby, who played a decisive role in the firing of former GM Brian Gaine, has been the Texans executive vice president for team development since April 2. He was integral in evaluating all football-related aspects of the organization at the behest of Cal McNair, who initiated the evaluation after taking over day-to-day operations in the wake of his father's death.

Moving forward, McNair expects O'Brien, Easterby and the new GM to have well-defined, compatible roles in terms of on-field, scouting, and off-field operations. While the threesome are expected to work together equally, Easterby ultimately will oversee decisions and settle disputes.

In essence, with Gaine's departure, Easterby has become one of, if not the most powerful voice in the building not named McNair.

While the Texans have interviewed at least two potential GM candidates already, without question their priority target is Caserio. Barring a breakdown during negotiations, Caserio should be considered the heavy favorite to assume the role. The relationship between O'Brien, Caserio and Easterby has long been a long and strong one, dating to their days with the New England Patriots.