We’re still a few months away from the start of the 2019 NFL season, but one team made a shocking move on Friday afternoon.
The Houston Texans decided June 7th was the right date to fire general manager Brian Gaine.
Not long after the New York Jets decided to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan, the Texans joined Jets in the search for a new general manager.
The Texans have fired GM Brian Gaine 1 1/2 years into his five-year contract. An immediate search begins for his replacement. Executive senior VP Chris Olsen is in charge till a replacement is found.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) June 7, 2019
Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair released a statement about the move:
“After a thorough evaluation of our football operations, we have decided to relieve Brian Gaine of his duties as general manager,” McNair said Friday afternoon.
“Brian is a man of high character and we appreciate his contributions to our organization. We will begin an immediate search for a new GM. In the interim, Football Operations will be led by Senior Vice President of Football Administration Chris Olsen. While the timing may be unusual, this decision was made in the best interest of our organization in our quest to build a championship team for the City of Houston.”
Firing a general manager just one season into his tenure seems like a weird move – especially when the team made the playoffs during his one year in charge.
Perhaps there is more to the story that will come out at a later date.