GM Brian Gaine Fired by Texans After Only 17 Months on the Job

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 7, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Brian Gaine general manager of the Houston Texans is seen at the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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The Houston Texans announced Friday that they have parted ways with general manager Brian Gaine:

Senior Vice President of Football Administration Chris Olsen will hold the general manager job in an interim capacity while the team looks for a long-term solution.

The Texans signed Gaine to a five-year contract on January 13, 2018, after spending one season as the Buffalo Bills' vice president of player personnel.

He was director of pro personnel and then director of player personnel in Houston from 2014-2016 under general manager Rick Smith. Gaine also worked seven seasons for former NFL head coach Bill Parcells, beginning in 1999.

Gaine took over for Smith as the Texans' general manager when the latter executive took a leave of absence to care for his wife, Tiffany, who passed away from breast cancer in January.

The Texans' decision is quite surprising, as Stephanie Stradley, John McClain and Aaron Wilson of Houston Chronicle noted:

McClain called the move "stunning."

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle provided the inside scoop, hinting at a power struggle behind the scenes. He further criticized Houston for its hiring process a year-and-a-half ago:

Easterby is Jack Easterby, who the Texans hired as their vice president of player development in April. He spent the past six years with the New England Patriots as the team development director/character coach from 2013-2018. Smith predicted a power rise for Easterby:

Regardless of any reasoning inside the Texans' headquarters, the move is still a head-scratcher.

Gaine just led the team's 2019 draft and free-agency efforts. Also, Houston won the AFC South with an 11-5 record last season. The team looked strong on both sides of the ball and stands as a favorite to make the postseason yet again.

Furthermore, the Texans' long-term investment in Gaine seemed to indicate significant confidence in him doing the job.

Regardless, Houston is in the market for a new general manager, and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network wondered whether Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas could be in the mix:

Douglas is currently a favorite for the New York Jets' open GM job, per Ralph Vacchiano of Sportsnet New York.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network also threw out Nick Caserio of the New England Patriots as a possibility:

Houston opens the 2019 regular season at the New Orleans Saints on Monday, Sept. 9.

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