Tony Dungy, Jimmy Johnson, Andre Johnson advising Texans on coach/G.M. search

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The Texans have employed Korn Ferry to help with their search for a new head coach and General Manager, but the firm will not be the only group advising owner Cal McNair in the coming weeks.

McNair has put together another advisory committee to help identify the right candidates for those openings. The group includes former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy, former Cowboys and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson, former Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, Fritz Pollard Alliance executive director Rod Graves, and San Antonio Spurs CEO R.C. Buford.

McNair said the Texans are on a “relentless search for greatness” and that the group is made up of people that “have gotten there and we’ll use some of their intuition and intelligence to help us get there.”

“I’m very excited,” McNair said, via Mark Berman of FOX26. “These guys are all so experienced and had a lot of success in the various areas they’ve been working and they all want to help and make the Texans the best we can be and it’s really quite a testament that they want to do that.”

Conversations with the group have already gotten underway and their work with McNair and Korn Ferry will continue until the Texans have made their decisions after the 2020 season comes to an end.

10 responses to “Tony Dungy, Jimmy Johnson, Andre Johnson advising Texans on coach/G.M. search

  1. Why hire Korn Ferry at all? Are they some group of masterminds behind the football scene? I’d rather go with a group of great football minds (and a successful CEO in the NBA) to target promising candidates! At least they aren’t using Ernie Accorsi like the lions did and are possibly doing again!

  2. demanrighthere says:

    December 8, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Why hire Korn Ferry at all? Are they some group of masterminds behind the football scene? I’d rather go with a group of great football minds (and a successful CEO in the NBA) to target promising candidates! At least they aren’t using Ernie Accorsi like the lions did and are possibly doing again!
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    When has another opinion or input been a bad thing? It’s not about them being football minds it’s about them being able to identify candidates who can lead an organization and has accountability.

  3. demanrighthere says:
    December 8, 2020 at 10:11 am
    Why hire Korn Ferry at all? Are they some group of masterminds behind the football scene? I’d rather go with a group of great football minds (and a successful CEO in the NBA) to target promising candidates! At least they aren’t using Ernie Accorsi like the lions did and are possibly doing again!

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    Yeah ol’ Ernie did well for both Detroit and Chicago. If you need to hire consultants to tell you who you should hire why do you think you’ll pick the right consultants? Do you hire a consultant to review consultants?

  4. This always never works, so this should fail spectacularly. If your team owner doesn’t know what they’re looking at themselves and know how to hire a coach, your franchise is doomed.

  5. Honestly if you can’t find the right GM or head coach, this is a good start. Lot of successful guys on that list and Buford will help as much as any by being able to identify certain qualities in a candidate that will carry over in any profession.

  6. “Why hire Korn Ferry at all? Are they some group of masterminds behind the football scene? I’d rather go with a group of great football minds (and a successful CEO in the NBA) to target promising candidates! At least they aren’t using Ernie Accorsi like the lions did and are possibly doing again!”
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    You need a firm such as Korn Ferry to identify the candidates and, more importantly, vet potential hires. The Dungy group is not capable of performing those and other functions relating to a hire of this type.

  7. They’re going to pay Korn Ferry a million dollars, then pay this committee group more money just to tell them to interview the same people everyone else is interviewing. Total PR move so the owner (and maybe Jack Easterby) can avoid blame if the hires don’t work out.

  8. The problem with these advisors is that they don’t work there. They don’t know the environment or the other people who are working there. This is why the outside advisor route rarely works. Teams do this every year when coaches get fired, and it doesn’t work if the owners don’t know what they’re looking for for their own organizations. I mean just think of the absurdity of if you were a business owner and needed someone else to tell you who to hire to work for your business. It’s why teams like the Jets and Lions never get it right.

  9. I mean, it shouldn’t take 6 guys to tell him that Eric Bieniemy is the man, but whatever it takes. Just get him.

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