The Houston Texans introduced its new general manager on Friday, but questions continue to swirl around its star quarterback and a top executive’s role.
Nick Caserio, a longtime front-office executive with the New England Patriots, was introduced as the Texans’ new GM by owner Cal McNair via a videoconference with local media.
McNair hopes that Caserio’s addition can put the team back on the winning track after a disastrous 4-12 season, coming off of back-to-back AFC South titles under Bill O’Brien, who was fired after Houston’s 0-4 start.
“Nick is widely considered to be one of the most well-respected and successful personnel executives in the National Football League. He has over 20 years of experience building and sustaining championship-level teams, and is committed to winning,” McNair said.
Caserio has been with the Patriots since 2001, including their run of winning six Super Bowls. And he plans to use the same mantras that they used to help build Houston into a consistent winner.
“Our goal is to build a program that centers on being selfless, willingly accepting challenges, which we unquestionably will face and have faced and will continue to face each day,” Caserio said. “Always put the team above yourself. Nothing is, nothing will be more important than the team.”
But the main question for both men was the situation involving quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is reportedly upset with McNair and the team for making the GM hire without asking for his input, according to NFL Media.
“I’ve come to understand that it’s been reported that the Deshaun (Watson) feels left out of the process, but he and I had several visits, and I understood his point of view before meeting with candidates,” McNair said. “I’ve reached out to Deshaun about Nick’s hire and I look forward to him getting back to me when he returns from his vacation.”
Caserio didn’t answer when asked what if Watson does ask for a trade and plans to talk with him soon. “He’s our quarterback,” he said.
Another issue is Jack Easterby, who is the Texans’ VP of football operations and has been grilled by the media as the executive who was involved in the DeAndre Hopkins trade as well as asserting his power in the organization.
Caserio said he and Easterby “have had a special relationship,” but also said that he will be the main person dealing with personnel.”
“Jack will have a role and we’ll work in conjunction with each other on a number of things for sure. But as it pertains to football decisions, those will ultimately be my decision in conjunction with the head coach once we get to that point, as well,” he said.