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How Easterby's influence has ruined Texans' hiring process and the organization

Jack Easterby has destroyed the Texans. Composite image by Jack Brame

Deshaun Watson is highly upset. Hardcore fans are hitting eject on their teams' hopes. Other teams and fanbases are laughing loudly at what a mess this organization has become. Coaching candidates aren't even interested in coming here to the point of refusing to interview! This team reminds me of the GIF of the dumpster on fire floating down a flooded street. There are a few people who can be blamed for this, but one in particular.

Jack Easterby is the Geppetto to Cal McNair's Pinocchio. This is why there's such a cluster-bleep on Kirby. Easterby has influenced every major decision this organization has made since he was hired. Yet, he's been able to keep his job despite the firings of others. His influence on the McNairs, Cal in particular, has been the undoing of this franchise. He's clearly the source of the black cloud over this franchise, but why is he still allowed to do so?

Easterby has a Pied Piper effect on the brass on Kirby. When you hire a search firm and pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars to help you find your next general manager, only to seemingly ignore them, what other explanation is there? When your franchise quarterback comes out and says he's not happy because it seems as if you promised him something you failed to deliver on, there can only be one explanation and one person at the root of it. When qualified candidates for jobs you have an opening for don't want to interview, there's something that doesn't pass the smell test.

Most organizations that find themselves taken over and ruined by a Bill O'Brien find their way out of such a hellhole, at least to a certain extent. They'll go in a different direction philosophically in an attempt to right the ship. The Texans have seemingly decided to remain on course for disaster by doubling down on stupidity and mediocrity. All the Bob LaMonte client buddy system talk has taken on a new meaning. There are too many dots that connect and too many strings attached that point to this as a viable answer to what's going on. If Brian Daboll is the next head coach here, no one should be surprised as he's another branch on the LaMonte tree which is a part of Easterby's web of chaos ladder to the top of an NFL franchise.

Although the Watson trade rumors may be a tough pill to swallow for most fans/supporters of the team, it may be a blessing in disguise. What if they're able to flip Watson into a package of draft picks that can help reset this franchise's fortunes? What if Nick Caserio is able to turn this around despite Easterby's interference? The head coach hire and what becomes of Watson will speak volumes. I can't help but keep Easterby in mind when thinking of what becomes of this team in the near future because of what he's done so far in the present. I'm ready for a change in this organization. If it takes sacrificing one of the best players that's ever played for them to spur a change, so be it. So long as the one pulling the trigger knows what they're doing, I'd be okay with it. Faith is believing in the unseen/unknown. It's a strong feeling. Only those who are in complete belief can have faith. Ask yourselves: do you as a fan/supporter of the Texans have faith that they'll do what's necessary to bring a true contender to this organization?

Editor's note: Texans legend Andre Johnson seems to agree with this assessment. Check out the tweet he posted on Tuesday.

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Houston has lost back-to-back games

Astros drop series to Giants with finale loss

Houston's offense came up short again in San Francisco on Sunday. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games against the Giants, the Astros tried to grab the finale to win his high-difficulty series. They came up short, though, with San Francisco once again one-upping them on offense against Luis Garcia, giving Houston back-to-back losses.

Final Score: Giants 5, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 64-42, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Logan Webb (5-3)

Losing Pitcher: Luis Garcia (7-6)

Gurriel strikes first, but Giants get the better of Garcia

The Astros were able to grab an early lead against Logan Webb in the top of the first, getting a runner on base to set up Yuli Gurriel for a two-run homer to start the scoring. Luis Garcia, who erased a walk in the first and a double in the second to maintain the 2-0 advantage, ran into trouble in the third. After two quick outs, Kris Bryant, recently acquired by the Giants at the trade deadline, changed the momentum with a solo homer in the first game for his new team.

They scored two more runs during the two-out rally on three hits and a walk, grabbing a 3-2 lead before Garcia would get the final out. He managed a scoreless fourth, but San Francisco got to him again in the fifth, chasing him out of the game with a two-out, two-run homer to extend their lead to 5-2. His final line in the loss: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 89 P.

Giants take series as Astros drop the finale

First out of Houston's bullpen was Rafael Montero, making his debut for his new team. He did well, getting the third out of the fifth then tossing a scoreless sixth. Phil Maton was next, coming in for the bottom of the seventh and erasing a single to keep it a three-run game. After wasting a chance with two runners on in the seventh, the Astros started a new rally in the top of the eighth, getting back-to-back hits to lead it off with runners on first and third with no outs.

They would get just one run from it, though, making it 5-3, which would go final after a scoreless bottom of the eighth by Ryne Stanek and a 1-2-3 inning at the plate by Houston in the top of the ninth. That gave the Giants the series and left the Astros reeling from back-to-back losses as they turn the page to another high-caliber opponent to finish this road trip.

Up Next: Houston will travel to the last leg of this road trip, Los Angeles, before a day off on Monday. Tuesday, they'll pick up a quick two-game series with the Dodgers, with Lance McCullers Jr. (8-2, 3.23 ERA) for the Astros going up against Walker Buehler (11-1, 2.19 ERA) for LA in the opener at 9:10 PM Central.

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