NFL Rumors: Texans, Lions Interview ESPN Broadcaster Louis Riddick for GM Role


The Houston Texans confirmed that they interviewed Monday Night Football analyst Louis Riddick for their general manager role. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen first reported it on Wednesday. 

The Lions are also planning on interviewing Riddick on Friday for their respective general manager opening, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Detroit is also set to interview current CBS analyst Scott Pioli for its general manager vacancy, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Riddick was previously the Eagles' director of pro personnel before joining ESPN. He also served as a pro scout and director of player personnel for the Washington Football team.

As a player, Riddick was a ninth-round pick in the 1991 NFL draft and went on to play safety for six seasons on the Falcons, Browns and Raiders.

In Houston, Riddick would potentially replace Bill O'Brien, who was fired as the franchise's head coach and general manager on Oct. 5, following an 0-4 start to this season. The Texans' front office also includes executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby, whose rise to power was recently profiled by Sports Illustrated's Jenny Vrentas and Greg Bishop. 

The Texans enter this week's action 4-9 on the season.

In Detroit, Riddick would potentially Bob Quinn, who was fired as the franchise's general manager on Nov. 28, just days removed from the team's Thanksgiving loss to Houston. Quinn replaced Martin Mayhew as Detroit's general manager in January 2016 and hired Matt Patricia, who also was fired this past November, two years later. 

Detroit enters Week 15 with a 5-8 record.

Check out the latest news and notes from around the NFL:

  • The Bengals will likely part ways with veteran defensive tackle Geno Atkins after this season. (Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • Atkins will also head to the injured reserve and is having shoulder surgery to repair an injury that has plagued him this season. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)
  • Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer appeared to criticize his kicker Dan BAiley on Wednesday saying, “I don’t think we have a kicker we can’t depend on. All kinds of guys make mistakes throughout the course of a game.” ( Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press)
  • With Matthew Stafford dealing with a rib injury, the Lions announced that they have signed quarterback Jordan Ta’amu to the practice squad. (Lions)
  • Giants head coach Joe Judge told reporters that Daniel Jones suffered a different injury besides the hamstring. His status is in doubt for Sunday as he is dealing with an ankle injury. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)
  • Lions' potential Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow, who has played the most snaps at center in the league this season, fractured his throat during the first quarter on Sunday. While he did finish the game, Ragnow did not practice on Wednesday. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)
  • The 49ers opened the practice window for TE George Kittle today. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)