Last summer the hot rumors/reports were that Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio wanted to become the general manager of the Houston Texans.
Though that never happened, many assumed it was a possibility that might be revisited this offseason.
Now, following Houston’s loss in the divisional round playoffs in Kansas City in which the Texans blew a 24-0 first-half lead, reports out of the Lone Star State indicate that “there won’t be any changes in the management structure” of the team.
According to the Houston Chronicle Texans head coach Bill O’Brien will remain the team’s de facto GM, even if though doesn’t hold the job in a titular sense. Former Patriots team development director/character coach Jack Easterby will also apparently continue in a role as the assistant GM, though he does not officially have that title, either.
This means Caserio, whose contract in New England reportedly runs out this April, may not have a job to move on to at this point if that were even what he so desired to do.
Much the way Josh McDaniels seemingly will return to New England after losing out on the Browns head coaching-job, Caserio’s lack of options could be a significant positive for the Patriots as they embark on arguably the most important offseason in franchise history.
In another Caserio-related note, NBC Sports Boston reported this week that Bill Belichick’s versatile right-hand personnel man took on an increased role working with the Patriots offense this past season.
“The offense was McDaniels' job more than ever last year. Belichick’s role in weekly offensive preparation was diminished in 2019 because of his defensive responsibilities. Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio assumed some of those. Otherwise, it was McDaniels’ show,” NBC Sports Boston wrote of Caserio’s pairing with his former John Carroll University football teammate helping oversee the New England offense.
With Houston apparently out of the running for Caserio’s services, despite last summer’s pursuit that led to temporary tampering charges, it looks like the valued veteran staffer may have no choice but to return to New England yet again, much like his longtime friend and coworker McDaniels.