Reports: Texans to pursue Patriots Nick Caserio for GM job

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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.

One name to watch for the #Texans GM opening: #Patriots de facto GM Nick Caserio. Houston put in for him last time and is expected to do so again, per me and @TomPelissero. We’ll see if the Texans get permission.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 7, 2019

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.

Texans EVP of team development Jack Easterby has quickly become an important figure in the organization, as a confidant of Bill O’Brien’s. He won’t be the GM. But my sense is he’ll have influence on who is.Should also note that he was at the Patriots’ ring ceremony last night.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 7, 2019