Report: Jack Easterby is “very much involved” in the Texans’ football operations

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Texans executive V.P. of football operations Jack Easterby continues to bend reality in his favor.

Easterby, objectively unfit and unqualified for the position he holds in an industry with more highly fit and qualified people than jobs, has tried to assume a low profile in the wake of multiple reports from SI.com that paint him in an unfavorable light. He hasn’t kept a low enough profile.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com reports that “football people tell me that Easterby is still making calls to agents on behalf of the team and is very much involved in football side. . . . It’s still a problem.”

Easterby has become the personification of the dysfunction in the Texans organization, and for good reason. He persuaded owner Cal McNair to disregard the work of the internal search committee in hiring G.M. Nick Caserio. Then, the Texans made a head-scratching hire of a head coach who had never been a coordinator and who had never been even mentioned as a potential head coaching candidate.

The Texans have managed to avoid explaining how the process landed on Culley, and Easterby has avoided all media since the spotlight landed on him. That spotlight won’t be going anywhere — especially if Easterby continues to have his fingerprints on day-to-day football operations.

And he will. Caserio will let him. Culley will let him. McNair will let him.

Then, if/when things go haywire, Caserio and/or Culley will be fired — and Easterby will remain in place.

30 responses to “Report: Jack Easterby is “very much involved” in the Texans’ football operations

  1. This organization keeps making dumb football decisions after dumb football decisions. This unqualified person should not be making important personnel and football ops judgements. Thats without looking at his religious bias. Feel bad for Texans fans, its going to get worse before it gets better.

  2. I believe the “Peter principle “ to paraphrase says that a person will rise to the level of their incompetence. I congratulate the Texans, Cal McNair, and Jack E Boy for proving the axiom on an organizational level. Bravo. I believe another axiom is a fool and his money are soon parted. I can only presume cal McNair is paying Jack E Boy a tidy sum for this incompetence. Rarely has a captain been so rewarded for driving his ship on to the rocks. Yowser. Do the other teams in the division send gift baskets and flowers every day? Or every other day? Cause it’s a parade for every other team in the division. Liquify top top talent or make it want to leave (Hopkins, Watson, soon Watt I presume) and then acquire other teams mistakes (David Johnson). Trade Watson for Sam Darnild straight up and this bleep show should just about be ready for the clowns to come in. Sorry Texans fans you deserve better. Any fan base does.

  3. From the first mention of his name, I’ve always wondered what was the fuss about Easterby. Now, I am really starting to get it — what a character!

    This whole thing is so… Texas. I’d love to pitch this for a series! A charming spiritual imposter overtakes an NFL corporation and, while the emerging new world fixates on athletes, dollars, and social justice, a Christian billionaire falls into his influence while praying for the answers to his football problems.

  4. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com reports that “football people tell me that Easterby is still making calls to agents on behalf of the team and is very much involved in football side. . . . It’s still a problem.”
    ——————

    STRAIGHT UP JEALOUSY.

    If they were truly “football people”, they would keep silent and NOT SAY A SINGLE WORD. Seriously, if they thought Easterby was football incompetent, that’s a GUARANTEED win every year and someone they could take advantage all day.

    So the only logical conclusion why they’d complain to the media is JEALOUSY.

  5. I get the issues with the GM and coach hiring process. Nothing can be done about both. They signed contracts.

    How about the view that a GM was just hired and the previous GM/HC left things in shambles (lack of draft picks and salary cap issues). Caserio is going to need help with his plan. FA is in several weeks. Texans are going to need FA to help fill out the roster. Calling agents is calling agents. He is not handing out contracts over the phone and is probably calling people Caserio’s team requested.

  6. Didn’t this guy get his start in football from the genius Bill Belichick? Outside of accidentally bumping into Brady, BB has more skeletons than trophies.

  7. Jack Easterby is The Strawman ….What, Who, Me? I wasn’t even there it was Owen.

  8. This is destined for the 345 Park Avenue – NFL Headquarters where they will investigate any allegations of racial discrimination (if any are made by Watson). Caserio poured gasoline on the fire when he referred to Watson as “the player” – a derogatory reference from the quote “Players play, coaches coach and owners own”. Caserio intimated that (a) Watson is a replaceable part and (b) he should shut his mouth and play. The truth surrounding promises by Cal McNair (during contract negotiations with Watson and afterward) will come out. Fraud in the inducement is grounds to invalidate contracts in most states. Wait until the whole dysfunctional mess is laid bare! The NFL will have to step in as it did with Carolina. Cal McNair has kicked over a beehive; Jack Easterby may soon rue the day he decided he was more than a Chaplin.

  9. This is destined for the 345 Park Avenue – NFL Headquarters where they will investigate any allegations of racial discrimination (if any are made by Watson). Caserio poured gasoline on the fire when he referred to Watson as “the player” – a derogatory reference from the quote “Players play, coaches coach and owners own”. Caserio intimated that (a) Watson is a replaceable part and (b) he should shut his mouth and play. The truth surrounding promises by Cal McNair (during contract negotiations with Watson and afterward) will come out. Fraud in the inducement is grounds to invalidate contracts in most states. Wait until the whole dysfunctional mess is laid bare! The NFL will have to step in as it did with Carolina. Cal McNair has kicked over a beehive; Jack Easterby may soon rue the day he decided he was more than a Chaplain.

  10. Texans executive V.P. of football operations Jack Easterby is doing what a executive V.P. of football operations is supposed to do……

  11. Easterby is a cancer. There is zero chance Watson is there next year. All the people saying that the Texans should just call his bluff and let the season go on without Watson in the field are just as delusional as Easterby. Sure, fine Watson as he sits out the season and the year goes down the tubes, yeah boy that will pack in the fans. Only thing that would do is piss off the rest of the team. They need to get the best deal they can for Watson and cut the cancer Easterby out immediately afterwards.

  12. I’m trying to think of a football comparison, but I keep coming back to Jim Jones, and Charles Manson. People that go too far outside reality are dangerous when they’re in leadership positions, and have control over others.

  13. akira1971 says:
    “STRAIGHT UP JEALOUSY.”

    – – – –

    What is there to be jealous about? That team is a dumpster fire.

  14. didnthearwhat says:
    January 31, 2021 at 7:20 pm
    Didn’t this guy get his start in football from the genius Bill Belichick? Outside of accidentally bumping into Brady, BB has more skeletons than trophies.

    He was the character coach for NE and I believe the team chaplain. When BB was on a conference call last November with Houston media, he was asked if Easterby would ever want to pursue a career on the football personnel side. Bill replied: Jack’s not a personnel person, no.

  15. I’m starting to come around on this guy Easterby. I now think he’s brilliant. He set up shop based on a house of cards background, experience and ability, and then made sure he was instrumental in key hires that flank him and need to owe him one once he acquired power, so that he can cement said power.

    Brilliant.

  16. The Texans should not trade Watson. They Should get rid of Easterby and let the new coach and GM begin to mend the fence with Watson. Start by getting him a weapon. Reassure him he is the future of this franchise. Unless someone calls offering 4 no #1’s there’s no way they should trade him.

  17. Mind boggling how owners can’t be fired or forced to sell if they are so incompetent. Fire Mcnair. Change them back to the Houston Oilers. Bring back the uniforms.

  18. Easterby was the one who wanted D-Hop gone. He will probably send Watson on the way. He got his guy with Caserio but he is NCs boss. McNair does not see it and will not until he hurts his wallet. Then again, maybe not. His father the billionaire. I don’t understand how you let someone like JE as your EVP. He has more power in Houston then a lot of GMs and HC.

  19. So you’re telling us the executive vice president of football operations is involved in football operations. I’m no fan of Easterby but what did you think his job was?

  20. I have no idea how this guy kept his job after embellishing (lying) on his resume. He must have some dirt on the owner to have as much power as he does. Rest assured that organization is going nowhere as long as that buffoon is in charge.

    While I don’t agree with how he has gone about it, I don’t blame Watson for wanting out. I’m waiting for J.J. Watt to ask the same thing. Who in their right mind would want to play there now?

  21. At this point, I’m half expecting to wake up to see that McNair has given Easterby an ownership stake. Is this guy the second coming if Rasputin?

  22. Only way to get real change is to hit the entire organization in the pockets. No ticket sales, No Texans gear. NO SUPPORT. Then and only then Cal will make better decisions if Daddys team.

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