Easterby to serve as Texans GM for rest of year

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HOUSTON — Houston Texans executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby will handle general manager duties for the rest of the season, team owner Cal McNair said Wednesday.

“We will start a search for the head coach and a GM on a permanent basis,” McNair said on the Texans’ radio show. “And at that time, Jack [Easterby] will switch back to the job he had before, which is in football ops.”

McNair, who fired head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien on Monday after the team got off to an 0-4 start, said he plans to go back to the way the franchise has been “structured traditionally,” with the roles of head coach and general manager held by separate people. He said he has already started talking to a search firm and plans to hire the general manager before the head coach to “use [the GM’s] expertise to find the right head coach.”

Texans owner Cal McNair, right, talks with executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby during a practice last season. McNair said Wednesday that Easterby will handle general manager duties the rest of the season. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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