Just two days into the first post-Bill O'Brien offseason, and the Houston Texans got their next general manager. Current New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio is the next man in charge. ... and he's reportedly getting paid like he's in charge, with a six-year deal and an annual salary that places him among the top-three-compensated GM's in the NFL (per ESPN).
Speaking on Tuesday to Sports Radio 610, John McClain said he expects Caserio to build this team "The Houston Way." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport later reported that the Texans "have an agreement in place" to bring Caserio to Houston. This comes after years of O'Brien being accused of attempting to build a "Patriots 2.0'' in Houston, after hiring numerous former Pats, including Houston's interim general manager, the controversial Jack Easterby.
Meanwhile, according to McClain, "the Houston Way" would not include current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. A name always thrown into the ring for any head-coaching vacancies in the NFL, McDaniels has an 11-17 record as head coach from his time with the Denver Broncos and is fresh off of a rocky season with New England, which has struggled to find its rhythm on offense without quarterback Tom Brady.
Caserio as general manager comes over a year after the team's initial interest in the now-45-year-old was first confirmed. Back in 2019, after firing Brian Gaine as general manager, the Texans looked to interview Caserio as his replacement only to be stopped by the Patriots, who filed tampering charges against the Texans. (Yes, Easterby was in the middle of that mess.)
Two names to watch out for as potential head coaches, should Caserio join the Texans, are Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who have both worked with Caserio in New England.
There is also buzz about Joe Brady, the Panthers' offensive coordinator.
Mayo is gaining traction as a head-coaching candidate despite just two seasons coaching, while Daboll, who was the Patriots' tight ends coach from 2013-16, has guided the Bills offense to the playoffs via exceptional seasons from the likes of quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
But first, a GM. Now, more work to do.