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Houston Texans owner Cal McNair reaffirmed his commitment to general manager Nick Caserio after the team fired Head Coach Lovie Smith.
McNair told reporters On Monday he has “full confidence” in Caserio’s future.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glaser reported Sunday that “one or both” of Smith and Caserio were expected to be unemployed after the season ended.
The Texans hired Caserio in January 2021 and have made little progress since then. They went 4-13 last year while sitting on quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was split at 25 complain accuse him of sexual assault or misconduct. After selling Watson to the Cleveland Browns, they were even worse, finishing 3-13-1.
Houston is also transitioning to his third coach in as many years. For many, the organization’s treatment of Smith and David Culley was particularly unsavory and symbolic of deeper structural issues ailing black coaches across the NFL.
If you wanted to make the case for Caserio’s downfall, you’d have plenty of ammunition.
However, it’s worth noting that this may be the first offseason where he’s able to exercise full authority over Texans’ biggest football decisions.
The general dysfunction in Houston dated Caserio’s tenure and largely contained by former Executive Vice President of Football Operations Jack Easterby.
Easterby was not released until October, and that was because of his duties mysterious, it’s hard to say how he and Caserio have delegated responsibility over the past two years. For example, blaming Culley and Smith’s employment solely on Caserio’s door might be a bit unfair.
Of course, he doesn’t exactly deserve the benefit of the doubt as he leads the Texans on another coaching search and potentially identifies their next quarterback of the future. McNair’s leadership of the organization provides little trust no matter who the GM is.
By and large, every possession that was decided had value.
Keeping Caserio isn’t great optics, but comparing him to previous GMs who were fired for less doesn’t fully take into account the unique circumstances that plagued Texans before and during his tenure.
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