Texans look to move on and rebuild in wake of Watson trade
The Houston Texans look to move on in the wake of Friday’s trade of quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns, hoping the three first-round picks they received in the deal will help them improve a team that has been among the league’s worst the past two seasons.
Texans hire Culley as coach amid drama surrounding Watson
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson walks off the field before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Houston. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON – David Culley became the coach of the Houston Texans believing Deshaun Watson would be his quarterback. “We have added a very well respected and experienced member to our Texans' family in our new head coach, David Culley," McNair said. The 65-year-old Culley becomes the fourth coach in Texans history, replacing Bill O’Brien, who was fired after the team opened the season 0-4.
Reports: Deshaun Watson “unhappy” with process of hiring Caserio as new general manager
pic.twitter.com/mcTVK3ZeJG — NFL Films (@NFLFilms) January 5, 2021Since that game ended, Watson has met with the media multiple times and repeatedly expressed his belief that the Texans organization needed a “whole culture shift.”“We need new energy,” Watson said. On Thursday morning, Houston officially announced the hiring of former Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio as their new general manager. He served as both head coach and general manager, and that move, as we now know, led to disaster. That list was not used in hiring Caserio. Should Watson request a trade, the Texans would enter the following season with a $22 million salary-cap hit.
Houston Texans hire Patriots exec Caserio as general manager
HOUSTON – Nick Caserio has been hired as the general manager of the Houston Texans. Caserio, a longtime executive with the New England Patriots, replaces Bill O’Brien, who was the team’s coach and general manager before he was fired after this season's 0-4 start. Caserio has spent the last 20 seasons with the Patriots and has been the director of player personnel in New England since 2008. “Nick is an incredibly hard worker, disciplined, a man of integrity and high character,” Texans owner Cal McNair said. Caserio began his career with the Patriots in 2001 as a personnel assistant and became an offensive coaching assistant in 2002 before becoming an area scout in 2003.