Although teams usually fire general managers before the offseason kicks off, Houston Texans decided to take a different approach. The team confirmed on Friday that they are parting ways with their GM Brian Gaine after just one season.
Houston also announced that senior vice president of football administration Chris Olsen will take over managerial duties until the team finds Gaine’s successor.
“After a thorough evaluation of our football operations, we have decided to relieve Brian Gaine of his duties as general manager.” – said Texans CEO Cal McNair in a team statement. “Brian is a man of high character, and we appreciate his contributions to our organization.”
McNair also acknowledged the unusual timing of the decision, given the fact that Gaine handled 2019 NFL Draft and free agency.
“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.” – he added.
Brian Gaine started his executive career by serving on several positions in NFL front offices including being Miami Dolphins’ assistant general manager and Buffalo Bills’ vice president of player personnel. Gaine joined Texans organization in January 2018, signing a five-year deal. He replaced Rick Smith, who stepped down due to his wife’s illness.
Texans finished the 2018 season on top of AFC South with 11-5 record, before losing to Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.