Reports: Texans to pursue Patriots Nick Caserio for GM job

Andy Hart
June 07, 2019 - 8:55 pm

The Texans made a surprise move by firing GM Brian Gaine after just one season on the job and according to NFL Network Houston will pursue current Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio to fill the opening.

Caserio obviously has a relationship with Texans head coach Bill O’Brien from their time together in New England where the coach ascended from low-level assistant to offensive coordinator before moving on to Penn State and then Houston.

The Texans actually tried to speak with Caserio for their GM job prior to hiring Gaine, but were denied permission to do so by the Patriots.

Caserio has been with the Patriots since 2001, working up from personnel assistant and spending time as the team’s wide receivers coach before taking over the personnel department for Bill Belichick in 2008. He’s had a number of opportunities over the years to leave New England, and interviewed with the Dolphins in early 2014 for the Miami GM job, but has always chosen to remain in Foxborough.

Another reported note out of Houston regards the fact that former Patriots character coach Jack Easterby, who left New England this offseason, has quickly bonded with O’Brien in a new role with the Texans and has become a valued confident of the coach. He will apparently somewhat surprisingly have a voice in the search for a new GM for the team.

Easterby was actually at the Patriots Super Bowl LIII ring ceremony, along with Caserio, at the home of Robert Kraft on Thursday night.

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