HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair is making it clear he plans to hire a general manager, rather than to promote executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby.
McNair on Thursday echoed what team president Jamey Rootes told season-ticket holders Wednesday -- that Easterby, who is currently the interim GM after Bill O'Brien was fired earlier this season -- will not be the permanent replacement.
McNair told Texans insider John McClain that Easterby's future role will be determined by the next general manager.
“There’s no decision made on Jack until we can talk to the next general manager," McNair told McClain. "We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
But the Texans chairman, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, also said he sees Easterby playing a significant role in helping shape the franchise's future.
"Let me reiterate: (EVP) Jack (Easterby) will not be our general manager," McNair, per Schefter. "But he will have a significant role in helping shape our future here within the Texans."
"(Easterby) is going to be an incredibly valuable part of our franchise moving forward as he works with our next general manager and head coach." "I want to build something that our fans, players and staff are proud of. It’s ok to be under construction right now."
There was a report last Sunday on the NFL Network suggesting interim head coach Romeo Crennel could remain in the position after this season because of challenges presented by COVID-19, and that Easterby could remain as GM if the Texans did not hire one.