Jack Easterby quickly develops significant influence in Houston

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As Cal McNair begins his tenure as the person ultimately in charge of the Texans, a new employee with a non-traditional football background quickly has secured plenty of football influence in Houston.

He’s Jack Easterby. Not a coach or a scout or a football executive in any way, shape, or form, Easterby serves as the Texans’ executive V.P. of team development.

So what does he do?

“Jack is just what his title says,” coach Bill O’Brien told reporters on Tuesday. “He is executive vice president of team development and he helps in all areas of the team. He helps me with the team. He helps in the different departments around the team, the departments that work with the team, obviously the training room, equipment room. He helps me with putting in processes to really help the duties of each department relative to the team. It’s all about the team and how can we improve the team and Jack has been an excellent addition to the organization.”

Jack Easterby came from the Patriots, where he spent six seasons as the Team Development Director/Character Coach. Before that, Easterby worked for two seasons as team chaplain for the Chiefs.

Only 36 years old, Easterby got his first NFL job 14 years ago, as assistant director of football operations with the Jaguars. In the five years between Jacksonville and Kansas City, Easterby was “character coach” at the University of South Carolina.

As John McClain of the Houston Chronicle recently wrote, “Expect to hear more about Easterby as his influence continues to grow within the organization since he was hired by [former G.M. Brian] Gaine and coach Bill O’Brien after working six years in the Patriots’ front office and earning three Super Bowl rings.”

McClain notes that Easterby will participate in the interviews of candidates to replace Gaine.

“Easterby is a counselor and adviser to players, coaches and their families,” McClain writes. “He’s on call 24-7.”

As one source explained it to PFT, Easterby already has “tons” of juice in Houston, despite being on the job for only a handful of months. At some point, however, influence brings accountability; if he takes a prominent role in the football operation — and if he in turn tries to take credit for successes of the team — he’ll eventually be responsible for any failures.

That’s the balance that plenty of non-football football executives with NFL teams try to strike, finding a path to the spotlight when times are good and running for cover when the going gets tough. Whether he realizes it or not, Easterby seems to be fully inserting himself onto the radar screen of eventual consequences, if the Texans don’t win enough games for Cal McNair’s liking.

10 responses to “Jack Easterby quickly develops significant influence in Houston

  1. lol

    The Texans keep throwing dung at the wall hoping it sticks because someone was employed by the Pats.

    Hint: You don’t have BB the GM and Coach in Houston.

  2. So he’s an adviser to the players/counselor/confidant/chaplain, yet advises the team on players? How is that going to work? You can’t expect a player to come to you with an issue if you can use that against him in the future?

  3. Fix the helmet color Jack. The decal is great but it needs to be on a WHITE helemet so it really pops. The had like with the 1st design but at the last moment changed it to blah, navy blue. It really does’nt do the steer logo justice.

  4. What teams like Houston, Tennessee, Detroit, and others will learn is if it is not Brady and Belichick you’re hiring it is not worth the effort to hire ex Pats. You might as well hire Tony Robbins rather than this guy.

  5. Sounds like Jonathan K Robinson should be advisor in all things aesthetic.

    Hey Jon, what should the Jets do? bc I was thinking an all silver uni with sky blue somewhere in the detail.

    And am I correct in saying the worst uniform in pro football history was the throwback Broncos with the orange and blue and the cartoon Steve Miller style D helmet.

  6. I think the haters of this story need to do some research, and watch some of the videos where Patriots Players talk about him, and what he means to them and their families.
    The parts of their lives he has been a part of, outside of football, reflect a remarkable individual who goes above and beyond to make the people around him have less to worry about.
    Of all the losses the Patriots have had, his will affect the players more than any coach.

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