Texans Rumors: Patriots' Nick Caserio Requested for GM Interview by HOU

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2019

This is a photo of Nick Caserio of the New England Patriots NFL football team. This image reflects the New England Patriots active roster as of Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo)
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The Houston Texans reportedly have their eye on Nick Caserio to potentially fill their general manager vacancy.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the team formally requested an interview with the New England Patriots director of player personnel and are waiting on a response from the team.

This movement comes just three days after previous GM Brian Gaine was fired after just one full season.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that head coach Bill O'Brien will be "intricately involved" in the search for a new GM and the organization will "hope" it can bring in Caserio.

As McClain noted, this will be the second time the Texans have attempted to hire him:

John McClain @McClain_on_NFL

Since Nick Caserio was Texans’ No. 1 candidate to replace Rick Smith last year, I think he’ll be the No. 1 candidate to replace Brian Gaine, too. Patriots denied permission last year. We’ll have to see if that’s changed this year. Caserio and Bill O’Brien are close friends.

The 43-year-old has been in New England since 2001 and has been in his current role since 2008, helping the organization remain arguably the best in the NFL with three Super Bowl titles in the last five years. He has worked alongside Bill Belichick in making front-office decisions and has even spent time as an on-field coach during his tenure with the team.

Per McClain, he also developed a "close relationship" with O'Brien from 2007 to 2011 when the Texans coach was on the Patriots staff.

If he does make the move, Caserio could reunite with O'Brien and Jack Easterby, who left New England to become Houston's executive vice president of team development.