Texans announce Romeo Crennel is interim coach, don’t address GM role

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The Texans have fired head coach and General Manager Bill O’Brien, but they have only announced an interim replacement for one of those two positions.

Romeo Crennel will become the team’s interim head coach, Texans owner Cal McNair announced this afternoon.

But McNair did not say anything in his statement about who will take over as the Texans’ GM. That role isn’t as important during the regular season as it is in the offseason, but someone still has to be in charge of personnel decisions, and no one is quite sure who that someone is in Houston right now.

Jack Easterby, the Texans’ executive vice president of football operations, was not mentioned in McNair’s statement, but he is widely believed to be gaining influence within the team’s front office. Easterby is expected to work with McNair on finding the Texans’ next permanent head coach.

The Texans have a lot of rebuilding to do, and it isn’t currently clear who will be calling the shots.

23 responses to “Texans announce Romeo Crennel is interim coach, don’t address GM role

  1. This is long overdue. Texans have had one of the more talented rosters in the league under his tenure and he failed to do anything with it.

  2. Easterby signed off on both the Hopkins and Tunsil trades. Is it really wise to keep the guy who actively helped dismantle the Titans?

  3. collectordude says:
    October 5, 2020 at 6:01 pm
    Who’d want the job after what O’Brien has done?

    Anyone. And if you didn’t you shouldn’t be considered for the job after BB, Pete Carroll, or any successful franchise HC or GM leaves either. It’s called hunger and a belief in yourself. Someone offers me his job (they won’t)? I am on a flight to Houston in the morning. Money aside and I am guessing the money is good. Because if you are smart enough to pick apart what he did wrong you must be smart enough to take 2-3 years and make it right.

  4. O’Brien was fine as a coach overall. But he was a disaster GM. And he only wound up GM because the owners fired the last GM without having the next one in place, a huge blunder. Easy to point fingers at O’Brien — and I even previously disliked him for bailing on PSU so I’d be pleased to point fingers at him — but the blame also goes up a rung to ownership for setting this implosion in motion in the first place with some fundamentally bad management. The bungled GM transition was the real big blow that led to today.

  5. Anyone. And if you didn’t you shouldn’t be considered for the job after BB, Pete Carroll, or any successful franchise HC or GM leaves either.

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    Doubtful that ‘anyone’ would be interested in this job. Sure, some people will be interested in any NFL job, but the highly desired coaches are going to have better options to choose from.

  6. Watch here comes your new GM. John Dorsey. Who will do a great job for 2 years then get fired because no one can stand him

  7. You can’t pay Deshaun Watson 40 million and expect to win. He is just not good enough to command that much of the salary cap. Tunsil makes way too much too.

    They did not get the right package back for DeAndre Hopkins, but this team would not be much better if you add his 26 million to the cap too.

  8. Easterby looks to be a glorified motivational/life coach type to me. Fine if you want to keep young guys out of the kind of trouble many seem to find. But not going to develop your O line talent for you.
    They make him GM and I’d recommend checking out for the duration.

  9. Outside of Bill Belicchick, when has the coach/GM combo ever worked?

    It worked fine for the Dallas Cowboys with Jimmy Johnson as coach/GM from 1989-1993. They went from a 1-15 record in 1989 to back to back Superbowl titles in 1992 and 1993. The personnel he left behind after the ’93 season was able to win a 3rd title in 1995.

    Outside of him and Belichik, I can’t recall another Coach/GM winning a Superbowl.

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