Texans GM Nick Caserio on first-year failures: 'We knew this was a massive undertaking'

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(SportsRadio 610) - Texans general manager Nick Caserio acknowledged Tuesday this has not been a good year for the first-year regime.

The team is 2-10, with the worst offense in football. The Texans rank last in offensive DVOA, with both the least efficient running and passing attacks.

Caserio joined Payne & Pendergast on Tuesday and said he knew this would be a massive undertaking in rebuilding the team.

Still, the results speak for themselves.

“The bottom line is collectively, we haven’t performed well enough,” Caserio said. “All of us have to take responsibility and we’re all accountable. I’d say the reality is, if I’m being candid, I knew that was a pretty massive undertaking when I took over in January, that there was a lot of work to be done.”

Caserio was asked about the message to Texans fans who are frustrated with the on-field product.

“The fans want teams that win and produce. And from a fan perspective, you can certainly understand their frustration,” Caserio said. “We haven’t won enough games to their liking. But our focus is on trying to build a team, put this team together. It’s not necessarily about our words, it’s about our actions. My commitment to this organization, to our fans, is I’m going to work as hard as I can. We’re going to work our ass off to try to put together the best team as possible on a year to year basis. It’s going to take some time. Sometimes, the results happen quicker than others.

“But I would say I’m not discouraged. Hopefully, they’re not discouraged. But that’s why they’re fans. They’re passionate about football. They want to support their team, especially in this state. That’s the beauty of the fans and we appreciate their support. They have the right to express their opinion and our job is to go out there and try to play good football. That’s what we’re going to try to do. … We need to do a better job organizationally and that starts at the top with me. My commitment is to everybody in the building to do that, including the city of Houston, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

Caserio was also asked about head coach David Culley’s future. The general manager did not want to get into whether Culley would return next season.
“Our focus right now is on getting ready for the Seahawks,” Caserio said. “My responsibility, I’ve been put in charge of the football operation and oversee all aspects of it. So anything that we do in the offseason, from evaluating our scheme to evaluating where our program is headed, we’ll have those conversations after the season. My responsibility is to our coaching staff and to support them to the best of my ability and that’s what I’m going to do on a daily basis.”

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