The Houston Texans on Saturday hired Brian Gaine as general manager and signed both him and Bill O’Brien to matching five year contracts that end in 2022 sources told ESPN Adam Schefter. Deshaun Watson got just what he wanted for Bill O’Brien to remain the Houston Texans coach. There had been a lot of speculation that O’Brien wasn’t gonna sign another contract unless Gaine got the GM job.
With Bill O’Brien staying put and Brian Gaine showing up on the scene as the new GM, the Texans have a very young franchise that could definitely compete for the divisional round and maybe beyond. O’Brien had only one year left on his contract when he signed the contract to be the Houston Texans coach back in 2014. However a lot of people were wondering what O’Brien’s future as the Texans coach was, because this season was the first losing season they have had since signing him as head coach in 2014.
After winning back to back AFC South titles in 2015 and 2016, the Texans finished 4-12 this season. In Bill O’Brien end of the season news conference, O’Brien said he an owner Bob McNair had been having positive and productive talks towards a contract extension. Gaine was with the Buffalo Bills this season as vice president of player personnel. As everyone should know he replaces Rick Smith who is on a medical leave of absence to help his wife battle cancer.
When Rick Smith returns he will still be the vice president. In Bill O’Brien’s end of season news conference, O’Brien stressed the importance of finding a general manager who is aligned philosophically on what type of team the McNair’s and he want. Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans are very familiar with Gaine, he was hired as director of pro personnel by Rick Smith in 2014 and promoted to director of player personnel in 2015 before he left for Buffalo in May of 2017.
Just last week O’Brien said Gaine was a very bright guy, works very hard, cares about this league cares about football. “He has great knowledge of both the pro and college side of things,” O’Brien said “I hold Brian high in regard”
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans original list of general manager candidates included Gaine, Texans vice president of player personnel and assistant general manager Jimmy Raye III, Green Bay Packers then director of college scouting and now general manager Brian Gutekunst, Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort and Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay.
The Texans are 31-33 in the regular season under Bill O’Brien and 1-2 in the playoffs