Texans' Pursuit Of Patriots' Caserio For GM Job Could Spark Friction
The Texans have "officially requested permission to interview" Patriots Dir of Player Personnel Nick Caserio for their GM opening, according to sources cited by Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. Losing Caserio "would be a significant hit to the Patriots." It is "hard to imagine" the team would grant the Texans permission to interview him; they "denied permission the last time the Texans requested it" in '18 (ESPN.com, 6/12). In Houston, John McClain notes the Patriots are "making every effort to keep" Caserio. The Texans "sent a formal request to interview Caserio a few hours" after firing former GM Brian Gaine on Friday, and they are "still waiting for a response." Depending on how this "plays out behind the scenes, it could get ugly publicly" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/12). In Boston, Tom Curran wrote it is not known "definitively whether Caserio desires the job" or whether Patriots coach Bill Belichick "would be inclined to stop him." Curran: "What we do know -- because Belichick himself has so often told us -- is that Caserio is one of the most valuable employees not just to the Patriots but to any team in the NFL" (NBCSPORTSBOSTON.com, 6/11). Also in Boston, Ben Volin writes even if the Patriots "do let him pursue" the Texans job, Caserio "should think twice about taking it." He "undoubtedly is getting restless in Foxborough and wants to be in charge of his own team." But he has a "good thing going in New England, and the Houston job comes with significant question marks" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/12).
FULL TEAM EFFORT: In Houston, Aaron Wilson noted Texans coach Bill O'Brien is "part of a search committee" for a new GM that includes Chair & CEO Cal McNair, Senior VP/Football Administration Chris Olsen, President Jamey Rootes and Exec VP/Team Development Jack Easterby. O'Brien said, "We're still in the process of executing Cal's vision." Easterby's influence within the organization has "grown considerably since he was hired in April following his successful run with the Patriots" (HOUSTONCHRONICLE.com, 6/11).
PAIN & GAINE: In Houston, Jerome Solomon wrote if Gaine "wasn't good enough" to be the Texans' GM, that is "on them, not him." For the Texans to "portray him as incompetent or not up to the task now that he has been fired in classless." If he is a "better personnel man than a GM, the Texans should have figured that out before hiring him." The Texans "don't get kudos" for firing a GM after a year and a half on the job because they were "smart enough to see he wasn't good" (HOUSTONCHRONICLE.com, 6/11).