The Houston Texans are going to entering the 2019 season without a general manager according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Texans dismissed general manager Brian Gaine and attempted to hire New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio. After the Texans failed to hire Caserio due to tampering allegations, the team is now opting to move forward with a vacancy at the general manager position.
The Texans will split up the general manager duties between current front office members Director of Player Personnel Matt Baziergan, Director of College Scouting James Fiipefert, Senior Vice President of Football Administration Chris Olsen, and Executive Vice President of Team Development Jack Easterby.
Senior VP of Football Administration Chris Olsen is the interim general manager for the Texans according to CEO Cal McNair. Olsen helped former general manager Rick Smith pull the Texans out of cap hell and build contracts in favor of the organization to pay players accordingly. Most importantly construct deals where there are early exits with minimal damage to the cap space to continue moving forward to build the roster.
As for personnel, Bazirgan joined the Texans in May of 2017 after opening 14-season with the New York Jets. Bazirgan was hired by Brian Gaine hire, and the two spent time with the Jets. His current role saw him supervise and lead both the pro and college scouting departments for the Texans while focusing on the organization pro personnel operation. Bazirgan has a grip on the NFL side of things.
Liipfert joined the Texans in 2018 as the director of college scouting. Liipfert runs the college scouting operation in its preparation for fall scouting, all-star games, the NFL Combine, pro days and the NFL Draft.
Easterby is in his first season as the Executive Vice President of Team Development. Easterby joins the Texans after serving as the Team Development Director/Character Coach for the New England Patriots from 2013-18 where he was a part of winning Super Bowls 49, 51 and 53.
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