Texans interim GM Jack Easterby explains role in Houston

By SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans interim general manager Jack Easterby has yet to speak publicly since chairman and CEO Cal McNair announced he would be taking over for Bill O’Brien two weeks ago.

There are some fair questions about whether Easterby should be in that role, considering he and O’Brien worked in lockstep to form the roster which has the Texans sitting at 1-5.

In The Loop lab work results in the crew digging up Easterby’s only public words since the 2020 season began.

“My job is to lead the football operation in every capacity with a humble spirit, to be innovative, to serve our players, our coaches and our staff,” Easterby told Jason Romano of the Sports Spectrum podcast.

Now, this podcast was recorded since the season started but before Bill O’Brien was fired. It still offers insight into what Easterby’s role was when he worked with O’Brien.

Easterby and O’Brien split up groups of “sub-programs,” as Easterby called it, and their objective was to be elite in each of them.

“We partner to run the football operation in Houston,” Easterby said.

The Texans hired Easterby in 2019 as the executive vice president of football operations. Later that same year, they fired general manager Brian Gaine and salary cap specialist Chris Olsen.

That left O'Brien and Easterby in charge of the football operation that traded Jadeveon Clowney shortly before the 2019 season began; traded two first-round and a second-round pick to Miami for left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills; then, inexplicably, traded DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson and a second-round pick.

O'Brien lasted four games into the 2020 season before Texans chairman Cal McNair decided to go in a different direction.

Or did McNair, in fact, decide to go in a different direction? Jack Easterby is still here, and no one seems clear on how it happened.

Easterby was the Kansas City Chiefs' team chaplain after linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, then ended his own life at the Chiefs' practice facility (Romeo Crennel was the Chiefs' head coach at the time).

He then leveraged his relationship with former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, who previously worked for the New England Patriots, to become the character coach in New England. That's where Easterby had been, playing some run in their three most recent Super Bowl runs, until his arrival to Houston.

Listen to ITL break down the interview here.