Bill O'Brien, Jack Easterby get promotions in Houston, which likely closes door for Nick Caserio

Ryan Hannable
January 28, 2020 - 5:21 pm
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It appears the Nick Caserio to Houston rumors can go away once and for all.

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On Tuesday, the organization announced Bill O'Brien has officially been named general manager in addition to head coach, and Jack Easterby has been promoted to executive vice president of football operations.

This doesn't come as much of a surprise given it was reported after the year O'Brien would see an increase of power.

“Preparations are underway for the 2020 season and I thought it was important to update titles, roles and responsibilities for Bill O’Brien and Jack Easterby so they more accurately reflect the way we have been operating for the past eight months,” chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “I was encouraged by the progress that our team made on the field this year which was due in part to our new structure, operating approach and the leaders within our football operations group.

"I am proud that we provided our fans with many thrilling victories at home, including a playoff win, and we delivered another double-digit win season. Our fans deserve that, but now it is time for the organization to get back to work toward our pursuit of a world championship for the city of Houston.”

Caserio had been rumored to Houston ever since last summer when the Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans for trying to get him to be their general manager while he was still under contract.

The current Patriots director of player personnel is set to be a free agent after the NFL Draft, but things are trending towards him re-upping in New England.

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