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Texans Fire GM Brian Gaine

Friday news dump! The Houston Texans announced they have fired general manager Brian Gaine.

Gaine was hired in January 2018, replacing GM Rick Smith, in what was seen as a win in a power struggle by head coach Bill O'Brien. One division championship and 17 months later, he is out. Nobody is quite sure why. Before hiring Gaine, the Texans attempted to interview Eagles exec Joe Douglas, a candidate for the open New York Jets general manager position, but were blocked. Maybe that's part of it? Maybe letting the Eagles snipe them for Andre Dillard in the first round?

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14 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2019, 11:34am

2 Re: Texans Fire GM Brian Gaine

What? Why? With some semblance of rational planning having arrived in Cleveland, are the Texans aspiring to fill the open Browns continually reshuffle the deck slot? Surely Mr. Gaines had not now already shown he was not up to the job.

4 Re: Texans Fire GM Brian Gaine

I have no idea if this is the case, but (without explicitly saying it anywhere) the short article on Sports Illustrated seems to strongly imply that it was a Bill O'Brien power struggle (again, I guess?).


9 Re: Texans Fire GM Brian Gaine

There is a suggestion that this relates to a lawsuit against the Texans by a former employee who alleges that Gaine fired him for racially discriminatory reasons. The Texans deny this, but it's at least plausible based on timings.

Also noteworthy: Jack Easterby, the Texans' new éminence grise, is alleged to have approached Nick Caserio about the position at the Patriots' ring ceremony the day before Gaine was fired. So perhaps they (Cal McNair? O'Brien? Easterby?) simply concluded that an upgrade was available and they wanted to take it.

10 Re: Texans Fire GM Brian Gaine

PFT makes an interesting case that the lawsuit had nothing to do with it, as an employee would defend the team better than a former employee -but it seems plausible, yes.

As for the Caserio angle, if that's what they planned, they got seriously screwed by Mr. Caserio. There's no way he wouldn't know his contract forbade him from interviewing with other teams. Makes you wonder what his game was. Probably used the Texans to raise his stock or something. Not very classy.

11 Re: Texans Fire GM Brian Gaine

Latest report is the Texans will not have a GM. This just keeps getting weirder.