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After guiding the Houston Texans to an 11-5 season in 2018, now-former general manager Brian Gaine was fired on Friday afternoon.
Gaine made some seemingly good moves during his one-year tenure as the team's GM, signing safety Tyrann Mathieu to a one-year, $7 million deal last offseason, and drafting safety Justin Reid and WR Keke Coutee, who both impressed as rookies in 2018. While the reasons for Gaine's departure are unclear, the team will certainly be looking to replace him.
With that in mind, here are three potential replacements for Gaine in Houston.
3. Louis Riddick – NFL Analyst, ESPN
Louis Riddick has been an integral part of ESPN's NFL coverage since joining the network in 2013, but he's also been the finalist for a few GM jobs recently, including the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers' positions. Riddick is one of the most insightful pundits ESPN has, and he was the Philadelphia Eagles' director of player personnel from 2010-13. Riddick would be a buzzy hire, as most NFL fans know his name, and his past work suggests he could be a great fit with the Texans.
2. Eliot Wolf – Assistant General Manager, Cleveland Browns
Eliot Wolf has been a crucial piece in the Cleveland Browns' front office under GM John Dorsey. The team has been completely rebuilt with Baker Mayfield now at the helm, and Wolf has done a great job with the Browns, helping assemble one of the most talented rosters in the NFL. He was also the Green Bay Packers' director of football operations from 2016-17. If he's interested in the Texans' job, he could be headed to Houston.
1. Nick Caserio – Director of Player Personnel, New England Patriots
Nick Caserio has been in the New England's front office for years, and the Texans have been known for hiring former Patriots' personnel. Houston hired Bill O'Brien as its head coach, after he served as the Patriots' offensive coordinator in 2011. Caserio was named the director of player personnel for the Pats in 2008, but he first joined the team's staff as a personnel assistant back in 2001, making Caserio a part of all six of New England's Super Bowl titles. With this winning pedigree, Caserio could be the right hire in Houston.
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