The team also officially promoted Jack Easterby as well
Bill O'Brien now Texans General Manager in addition to head coach
Bill O'Brien has a new placard on his desk.
New title for O'Brien and his unofficial assistant GM
A statement from Houston Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair on title changes for Bill O’Brien (Head Coach and General Manager) and Jack Easterby (Executive Vice President of Football Operations):— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 28, 2020
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As seen above the Texans have named Bill O'Brien as the general manager in addition to his role as the team's head coach. O'Brien joins his former boss Bill Belichick as one of the members of the NFL coaching community who also has the decision-making powers.
Jack Easterby, who also previously worked with the New England Patriots, now has an official title too. It was widely believed he had heavy input on the team in his past year with the team.
This had been coming
Laremy Tunsil is either confirming O'Brien makes all the decisions and maybe even is the point man on talks or he's under the perception that's O'Brien's job.— Cody Stoots (@Cody_Stoots) January 23, 2020
I would rather O'Brien just say he calls the shots for #Texans
Tunsil also talks penalties too: https://t.co/4cKQfYyXaMpic.twitter.com/sWJftSkGad
It would be interesting to know if this was something known in the building by the team or just assumed. Either way, something long whispered, came to fruition.
With the amount of front office talent that has left the organization in the past year there was some belief O'Brien was consolidating his power. Today, he has all the power in the organization.
Business as usual, with the titles
Cal McNair on O'Brien being named GM and Easterby EVP of football operations: "This is the way we've been operating for the last 8 months. They led us to a 10-win season, another division title and into the divisional round. Our goal is to win championships."— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 28, 2020
SB Nation Radio NFL Insider Adam Caplan told me teams have treated the situation in Houston as if O'Brien was the Texans general manager since Brian Gaine was fired by the team.
Now O'Brien has the title with the work. He is in charge of the team from a management perspective, he is the head coach, and he calls the plays for the teams.
How does this work?
I don't think it does work. I don't see it. SB Nation Radio NFL Insider Adam Caplan told me the expectation from the league is O'Brien will do whatever he has to do to keep his job.
O'Brien did a ton this past offseason and yet the team regressed in many areas. Without a regular slate of draft picks and quite a few of their own players set to hit free agency the Texans are in a tough spot.
Short of O'Brien really taking the next step along with a few of his key players and some solid and smart spending the Texans might have hit their ceiling in 2019. If that's the case, O'Brien could theoretically survive a similar campaign in 2020. But, there are no more excuses. O'Brien has nobody to blame but himself now.