According to Ian Rapoport, the Texans don’t plan to hire a general manager for 2020 after the conclusion of this season.
While many believed Houston would take another crack at recruiting Patriots exec Nick Caserio as their future GM once his contract expired with New England this offseason, Rapoport says the current plan is to maintain Houston’s unique organizational structure moving forward.
Texans HC Bill O’Brien has the final say on personnel matters and works alongside EVP of team development Jack Easterby to run Houston’s football operations. Texans VP of football administration Chris Olsen manages player contracts and the salary cap, while Matt Bazirgan is in charge of player personnel.
Rapoport adds that while several of the moves Houston made under the current structure received criticism at the time, like trades for RBs Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde and OT Laremy Tunsil, they have played out well on the field and helped justify the Texans’ spread-out front office structure.
Houston reportedly identified Caserio this offseason as their prime target for general manager after firing Brian Gaine. However, the team dropped their pursuit of Caserio after New England filed tampering charges.
The Texans interviewed a few other candidates, but ultimately elected to go into 2019 without a general manager.