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Texans Fans Should Be Furious With Nick Caserio Hiring

Max Staley
The Houston Texans hiring of Nick Caserio is a head-scratching move.
The Houston Texans hiring of Nick Caserio is a head-scratching move. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Houston Texans organization is in disarray. The team finished 4-12 in 2020 despite mortgaging its future to go all in on this year, leaving Houston without its first (No. 3 overall) and second-round picks (No. 35). Aside from having Deshaun Watson locked up, the Texans don't appear to have any discernible plan to rebuild this franchise successfully.

Because the first step of that much-needed rebuild, hiring former New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, is not exactly an encouraging start.

For one, the New England connection raises a lot of questions. Jack Easterby appears to have a mysterious amount of influence and power within the organization, and hiring a former Patriots executive has his fingerprints written all over it. The hiring seems to confirm Easterby is here to stay.

Plus, the Patriots aren't the gold-standard franchise teams should look to emulate any more. There are a ton of defensible reasons for this, but in Tom Brady's first season away from New England, the Patriots fell apart, missing the NFL Playoffs with a 7-9 finish.

The 43-year-old, meanwhile, went on to have one of the most prolific seasons of his career, leading the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers to an 11-5 record. Point being, the Patriots' significant offensive decline over the past few seasons wasn't a product of Brady regressing. It was the product of a weak supporting cast on offense.

And that all comes back to the NFL Draft, where New England has been horrendous in recent years. In fact, the Patriots have only drafted one Pro Bowler (punter Jake Bailey) in the past seven seasons. That includes whiffing on high-profile picks like N'Keal Harry and Sony Michel, just to name a few.

Of course, the buck stops with Bill Belichick in New England. It's fair to wonder just how much say Caserio had in the process. But even so, hiring the director of player personnel from a franchise that hasn't drafted a Pro Bowler at any position other than punter since 2013 does not exactly feel wise, to put it lightly.

Maybe Caserio will prove the doubters wrong, but he's got an uphill climb ahead – and thanks to the previous regime, not a lot of resources to do it.

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