A question emerges about Jack Easterby’s NFL biography

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Texans executive V.P. of football operations Jack Easterby has had a meteoric rise via an unconventional path to the position he now holds. And now that he has won an apparent power struggle with coach/G.M. Bill O’Brien, Easterby will be facing more scrutiny than ever.

The scrutiny actually began in the offseason, after the Texans promoted Easterby to his current position. Others in the league who have achieved high-level jobs in more traditional ways began to scrutinize Easterby’s background, and to ask tough questions.

In March 2020, an executive with a team other than the Texans pointed out that Easterby’s online bio contends that he served as “assistant to the director of football operations” in Jacksonville in 2004, his first NFL job. We explored at the time the question of whether Easterby actually served in that capacity in Jacksonville. Ultimately, we decided that although questions definitely existed the available evidence, 16 years later, wasn’t sufficiently clear to justify pursuing the matter.

Today, we took a fresh look at Easterby’s bio. And we noticed that something had changed.

The claim that he served as “assistant to the director of football operations” has been removed. In its place, the online bio says that “Easterby gained his first NFL experience in the summer of 2004 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, helping in football operations and public relations.”

We asked the Texans when and why the change was made. Here’s what the Texans said: “Meaningless oversight in a bio from an entry-level position in Jacksonville 16 years ago. This had no bearing on our decision to hire him. . . . His employment paperwork was accurate with the correct description of his internship.”

So when was the change made? The Texans claim that it happened last year. And that’s simply factually incorrect. In March 2020, Easterby’s online bio claimed that he served as “assistant to the director of football operations” in Jacksonville. At some point since March (i.e., since we began asking questions about the situation to others who have worked with and hired Easterby), it changed.

Does any of this matter? In 2001, George O’Leary left the head-coaching job at Notre Dame after irregularities emerged in his playing history and educational background. In 2006, the Vikings dumped personnel director Fran Foley for allegedly exaggerating his job titles at the Citadel, Rutgers, and Colgate. (Foley claimed he was a coach when he actually had been a graduate assistant.)

But those things happened years before the advent of post-truth America. Today, will anyone care? Will anything happen? That’s for the Texans to decide. Regardless, the Texans at some point since March 2020 (even though they contend it happened last year) changed Easterby’s online bio to make his experience with the Jaguars seem far less significant than previously claimed.

And it’s important to note that we asked why the change was made, and that the statement from the Texans does not address that question.

Our guess is this: Easterby caught wind of the fact that someone had noticed the irregularity, and that it was then changed. Which operates as an admission that the prior bio was irregular, and ultimately incorrect.

Again, it’s for the Texans to decide what to do with this. The fact that the Texans already have revised the bio suggests that they indeed accept the explanation for the inaccuracy.

13 responses to “A question emerges about Jack Easterby’s NFL biography

  1. This Easterby guy just smells like a fraud. I hope he does not have some cult-like religious influence over the McNair family. They need to get him out of that building. Or at minimum, hire a real GM and HC who are not influenced by this guy whatsoever.

  2. the Texans might as well clean house–either Easterby was working WITH O’brien and hence, should share his side of the blame. OR, he was in a power struggle and lost. Either way, if he isn’t going to be the GM, why would a competent GM/coach combo want anything to do with the guy? Makes no sense to take a job if there is a guy lurking to either take credit for the success or try to pin any failures on you.

  3. There’s no way the Texans should keep Easterby in any capacity. They need a qualified GM, not a pretender.

  4. Texans season ticket holder from day 1 here. This bible-thumping Svengali/Rasputin wannabe has got to go. His previous NFL positions were Kansa City Chiefs Chaplin and. Patriots Character Coach. He left the Pats because he got butt hurt over Robert Kraft’s Orchids of Asia excursion.

  5. Texans season ticket holder from day 1 here. This bible-thumping Svengali/Rasputin wannabe has got to go. His previous NFL positions were Kansas City Chiefs Chaplin and Patriots Character Coach. He left the Pats because he got butt hurt over Robert Kraft’s Orchids of Asia excursion.

  6. I’m pretty sure he won’t be around next year. But given that this article is a bunch of you know what. Do you think he writes or edits his own bio on the Texans website? Even in the article it states that he didn’t put this on his employment paperwork. My best guess is the Texans did it to make the hire look better and when caught they changed it, not the other way around. The company along with the team needs to be run better.

  7. intern, assistant, whatever in 2004…not a texans or easterbunny fan…the has the Patriots anointing oil and they didnt want him to leave, so he must be worth something

  8. pharmacistglen says:
    October 6, 2020 at 12:12 am

    He left the Pats because he got butt hurt over Robert Kraft’s Orchids of Asia excursion.
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    He left the Pats because he wanted to be VP of Football Ops.

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