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Texans fire director of pro personnel, top scout

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The arrival of new head coach Bill O’Brien isn’t the only major change for the Houston Texans this offseason.

The Texans fired Director of Pro Personnel Brian Gardner and Pro Scout Kevin Murphy, Tania Ganguli of ESPN reports.

Those are significant changes: On the Texans’ website, Gardner is listed as the highest-ranking player personnel executive, and Murphy is listed as the third-ranking player personnel executive.

There’s no word on whether the Texans are planning any more changes in the front office, but it’s clear that after last year’s 2-14 debacle, owner Bob McNair decided that heads had to roll.

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23 Responses to “Texans fire director of pro personnel, top scout”
  1. restorativejusticeprogram says: Jan 18, 2014 8:13 AM

    The Texans have always had better talent than their record.

    Their failures are the result of coaching and a GM keeping that coach far far too long. Shame that the wrong people lost their jobs.

  2. allhailkingflacco says: Jan 18, 2014 8:35 AM

    Glad they didn’t get fired last year, whew !


    Ed Reed

  3. titansbro says: Jan 18, 2014 8:39 AM

    Crazy, they’ve drafted very well.

  4. sirsupersouthern says: Jan 18, 2014 8:39 AM

    Interesting, I didn’t think the roster was the problem. They have quality players everywhere you look except QB and maybe some members of the secondary.

    I can understand cleaning house after losing 14 games in a stinkin’ row, but the personnel guys aren’t responsible for that – last year they won a playoff game without a QB.

    Hope they know what they’re doing in Houston…

  5. thadamntruth says: Jan 18, 2014 8:40 AM

    Accountability and Responsibility. Kudos to Bob McNair!! At least one NFL Owner in Texas is “Walking the Walk” and “Talking the Talk”!

  6. honalulublue says: Jan 18, 2014 8:41 AM

    Great timing, what with the Senior bowl next week. What are they thinking?

  7. goatcheez says: Jan 18, 2014 9:15 AM

    As a fan of a rival team in the AFC South this is great news. Terrible decision by McNair, coupled with the fact that word got out that he himself is going to be the top decision maker on their #1 pick… LOL.

  8. uwsptke says: Jan 18, 2014 9:20 AM

    These are their pro scouts, not their college scouts. They scout other NFL teams and advise the GM in free agency and on waiver claims. These aren’t the guys responsible for drafting JJ Watt and recommending Arian Foster after he went undrafted ; these are the guys who would have recommended signing Ed Reed and sending a 2nd round draft pick to the Falcons for Matt Schaub. Completely separate focuses of talent acquisition.

  9. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 18, 2014 9:47 AM

    More people for dolphins to interview

  10. vikingdoode says: Jan 18, 2014 9:52 AM

    sounds like owner wants Manziel rather than Bridgewater and Scouts are saying something different! or the other way around!

  11. drbob117 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:19 AM

    Remember, if you are the chief pro scout that means you were in the meeting where they decided they didn’t need people like Connor Barwin, James Casey,DeMeco Ryans,and everything would be just fine if they replaced them with any old players. Too many dumb mistakes, they had to go.

  12. eastofmissball says: Jan 18, 2014 10:28 AM

    Rick Smith, saving his rear end again… These guys don’t have final say, and if you do your job and evaluate these players….. you might not pick up a Ed Reed’s and other bust’s… All you Smith,,,, Pathetic.

  13. oldcracker says: Jan 18, 2014 10:30 AM

    Any interest in Mike Dumbardi?

    He did trade for WR Bess at the draft for the Browns, and kept We-done (Weinke 2.0)!

  14. sportsguy82288 says: Jan 18, 2014 10:33 AM

    I can understand letting their pro scout go, the Texans have lost some quality players to free agency and haven’t filled those holes. They’ve drafted pretty well though, this seems like odd timing.

  15. dualprime says: Jan 18, 2014 11:17 AM

    Letting the entire right side of the O-line go last year wasn’t exactly brilliant. Happy to see these changes!

  16. willjasper says: Jan 18, 2014 11:57 AM

    Probably a conflict of philosophies between them and the new Head Coach.

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 18, 2014 12:02 PM

    I’m telling you that this guy McNair is jealous of Jerry Jones and wants to be the most visible, meddling owner of an NFL team in the State of Texas. Commenting on Clowney? Gonna ask J.J. Watt for advice? Who is this guy? Dan Snyder? Cozy up to the star players in public, why don’t you? At least Snyder keeps his affinity for RGMe closer to the vest.

    This is shaping up to be a wonderful era for this goof of a team. He’ll take Johnny Football and David Carr his career only because he played college ball in Texas. Same reason he had a healthy Schaub benched so Case could play. Case could throw up in the huddle and McNair wouldn’t care–as long as he’s from Texas.

    No wonder the Jags torched this bunch of goons twice. McNair and his talent evaluation didn’t stand up on the field this year and won’t in the future. He’s just hijacked the controls.

  18. mikelitoris1 says: Jan 18, 2014 1:06 PM

    They must’ve been insisting on drafting Derek Carr 1st overall…

  19. htowntexan says: Jan 18, 2014 2:13 PM

    Last two drafts have been awful. The only players that are contributing from that group are doing so because we have no one better, not because they are any good. Perhaps Swearinger and Hopkins will develop still, but B Reed, Mercilus, and the rest of the draft picks are no good. But for the grace of Wade Phillips, we would not have gotten JJ.

    That said, R Smith needs to be fired. He is trying to save his own job right now. I seem to recall last time we switched GM’s we waited until after we had drafted, so hopefully that happens again.

  20. drs76109 says: Jan 18, 2014 2:23 PM

    If that is the case,what about the so called GM?

  21. macpipkin says: Jan 18, 2014 3:39 PM

    What this means is McNair is ready to win. Coaches and quarterbacks can’t do it alone. And, while the Texans have done well in early rounds they have not in rounds 4 through 7…

  22. rajbais says: Jan 18, 2014 5:57 PM

    If you have a front office opening you should hire him now.

    But if he was behind the lack of FA retention he should have a lower job. Since he doesn’t write the checks teams have to be careful about what influence he could bring into personnel decisions.

    Bottom line though he seems to have an eye for talent.

  23. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jan 18, 2014 7:28 PM

    Hey O’brien can you fire the Browns Scouts and Personnel people too?

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