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Texans not planning to hire a GM

Jan
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1/13/2020 2:38:19 PM
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In his end-of-season press conference, Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien suggested the team will not hire a general manager this offseason according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

"The way I see it right now, it stays the way it is," O'Brien stated on the organization's infrastructure. The Texans' head coach has been acting as the de facto general manager since Houston parted ways with ex-GM Brian Gaine in June, leveraging the team's long-term assets to save his own job in the short-term. O'Brien, for example, swapped a third-round pick for Duke Johnson, shipped two first-round picks and a second-rounder to Miami for LT Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills, sent another third-rounder to Oakland for CB Gareon Conley, and essentially gave away Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks for little return all in the span of six months.

The Texans proved in Sunday's debacle at Kansas City that they have major holes to fill, especially on a defense that had 41 unanswered points scored on them after going up 24-0 in the first quarter.  But they have no first-round pick in 2020 and no first or second-round pick in 2021 to fill those holes.  They have a talented core of All-Pro level players in DeShaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and J.J. Watt but they were selected by the last two since-deposed GMs.  Executive VP of team development Jack Easterby has also reportedly had a say in the team's final decisions, but it's clear the Texans have handed O'Brien far too much power for an individual with just two playoff wins in his six-year tenure.

Unfortunately for the Texans, there seems to be no one left with the power in the orgaization to eventually fire O'Brien other the owners.  And it seems almost inevitable that those owners will eventually realize that the primes of Watson, Hopkins, and Watt have all been squandered.


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