Report: Eagles decline Texans request to interview Joe Douglas for G.M. job

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The Texans identified Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas as a candidate for their General Manager vacancy, but they were reportedly rebuffed in their effort to interview him for the job.

Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports that the Eagles declined to give the Texans permission to speak to Douglas about the opening created when Rick Smith took a leave from the team to be with his wife while she battles breast cancer. Smith is expected to return to the team as the executive vice president of football operations, but a new G.M. will presumably be in place by that point.

The Eagles are able to block Douglas from interviewing as long as they are in the playoffs, but their ability to do so will end when they are eliminated unless Douglas is given final say on decisions in the team’s personnel department. It seems unlikely Howie Roseman would give that up, although the Texans may hire someone else in the interim and Douglas may not want to leave Philadelphia.

Douglas joined the Eagles in 2016 after a short stint with the Bears and a long run in the Ravens organization. Packers exec Brian Gutekunst is set to interview with the Texans on Sunday.

7 responses to “Report: Eagles decline Texans request to interview Joe Douglas for G.M. job

  1. The Patriots also denied them interest to speak with Nick Caserio (and someone else in their front office). Houston has a GM in place and this is a temporary position and no team should give up a potential GM in waiting for a temporary role in Houston.

  2. Joe Douglas is underrated. I know Howie get most of the credit, but Joe has proven to have a good eye for talent.

  3. The Texans GM job IS NOT A TEMPORARY POSITION. The job will be filled and Rick Smith will not return to it. Next year he will return to his other position as executive vice president…

    So many people keep posting and reporting that it’s temporary but it ain’t…it’s kinda like the green Bay situation…demotion via promotion

  4. “The Eagles are able to block Douglas from interviewing as long as they are in the playoffs, but their ability to do so will end when they are eliminated unless Douglas is given final say on decisions in the team’s personnel department.”

    It’s a reasonable assumption, but sorry, but I have seen no statements from Douglas saying he will leave unless he is given final say on roster decisions. Also a reasonable assumption: he may be content to stay and continue working with Roseman if he is given the GM title and a healthy raise

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