You may have noticed the Texans are going down in flames. While there’s plenty of blame to go around, the presence of Jack Easterby, hired two years ago as executive vice president of team development and later promoted to executive VP of football operations, has no doubt accelerated Houston’s remarkable implosion.
Easterby’s inexplicable rise from team chaplain and character coach (positions he held with the Chiefs and Patriots, respectively) to becoming a key cog in the Texans’ front office has astounded many with players and coaches alike wondering what qualifications make Easterby capable of running an NFL franchise. It’s been suggested Easterby was a driving force behind DeAndre Hopkins’ departure in 2020 and also played a role in the Texans’ falling out with Deshaun Watson, the result of Easterby ignoring Watson’s input in hiring both GM Nick Caserio and coach David Culley earlier this offseason.
With their team in freefall, Texans fans have predictably turned on the former youth pastor, pinning the blame for Houston’s organizational dysfunction squarely on Easterby’s shoulders. Even area restaurants like Tex-Mex staple Chuy’s are beginning to show their displeasure with Easterby, who many feel is running the Texans into the ground. Based on this photo passed along by Yahoo’s Charles Robinson, Easterby is no longer welcome at the popular Westchase establishment.
Easterby probably won’t be too fazed by this slight—there are plenty of other places he can get his burrito fix in Houston. But in the court of public opinion, the disgraced Texans exec is losing by a landslide.