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Breaking Down Texans’ General Manager Candidates

The Texans already have interviewed two candidates for their open general manager spot. Owner Bob McNair has said he hopes to interview “four to six candidates” and have the position filled “within two weeks.”

The Texans have run into some roadblocks with the Patriots and Eagles denying them permission to interview some of their front office personnel, so the Texans will have to wait until those teams’ season is over before they can interview those candidates.

JOHN McCLAIN: Texans have eye on Buffalo’s Briane Gaine

According to our John McClain, Buffalo Bills vice president Brian Gaine’s interview went well Tuesday and he likely is the favorite to fill the job left open by Rick Smith’s leave of absence.

THE FAVORITEBriane Gaine, Bills vice president of player personnelGaine interviewed with the Texans on Tuesday and is considered the favorite because, in his time working with the Texans, he was respected by the personnel department, coaching staff and administrative staff. Gaine joined the Texans front office at the same time as Bill O'Brien became head coach. Gaine was promoted to the team's director of player personnel before taking his current job in Buffalo. Photo: Associated Press

THE FAVORITE
Briane Gaine, Bills vice president of player personnel

Gaine interviewed with the Texans on Tuesday and is considered the favorite because, in his time working with the Texans, he was respected by the personnel department, coaching staff and administrative staff. Gaine joined the Texans front office at the same time as Bill O’Brien became head coach. Gaine was promoted to the team’s director of player personnel before taking his current job in Buffalo.

WHY NOT?Briane Gaine, Bills vice president of player personnelGaine is close to O'Brien, so he must prove to Texans ownership that he will stand up to O'Brien when it comes to personnel decisions. Photo: Getty Images

WHY NOT?
Briane Gaine, Bills vice president of player personnel

Gaine is close to O’Brien, so he must prove to Texans ownership that he will stand up to O’Brien when it comes to personnel decisions.

STRONG CANDIDATENick Caserio, Patriots' director of player personnelCaserio is due for a promotion. He's been the Patriots' director of player personnel since 2008 and is credited as one of the architects of the Patriots' last two Super Bowl champions. Photo: Diamond Images/Diamond Images/Getty Images

STRONG CANDIDATE
Nick Caserio, Patriots’ director of player personnel

Caserio is due for a promotion. He’s been the Patriots’ director of player personnel since 2008 and is credited as one of the architects of the Patriots’ last two Super Bowl champions.

WHY NOT?Nick Caserio, Patriots' director of player personnelThe Patriots won't let Caserio interview for another job until their season is over. That could be almost another month from now, and the Texans may not be willing to wait that long. Photo: Diamond Images/Diamond Images/Getty Images

WHY NOT?
Nick Caserio, Patriots’ director of player personnel

The Patriots won’t let Caserio interview for another job until their season is over. That could be almost another month from now, and the Texans may not be willing to wait that long.

STRONG CANDIDATEJoe Douglas, Eagles' vice president of player personnelDouglas worked his way up from being the person who picked up potential players at the airport to an area scout, then a national scout and eventually the Bears' college scouting director before taking the Eagles' job in 2016. His scouting background is well-respected. Photo: Philadelphia Eagles

STRONG CANDIDATE
Joe Douglas, Eagles’ vice president of player personnel

Douglas worked his way up from being the person who picked up potential players at the airport to an area scout, then a national scout and eventually the Bears’ college scouting director before taking the Eagles’ job in 2016. His scouting background is well-respected.

WHY NOT?Joe Douglas, Eagles' vice president of player personnelThe Eagles also have denied Texans permission to speak to Douglas, but he can interview once the Eagles' season is over. Philadelphia is a three-point underdog Saturday against the Falcons. Photo: Philadelphia Eagles

WHY NOT?
Joe Douglas, Eagles’ vice president of player personnel

The Eagles also have denied Texans permission to speak to Douglas, but he can interview once the Eagles’ season is over. Philadelphia is a three-point underdog Saturday against the Falcons.

IN-HOUSE CANDIDATEJimmy Raye III, Texans vice president of football operations/assistant general managerRaye has a ton of experience, spending 17 years with the Chargers and four with the Colts before the Texans' Rick Smith hired him last year. Photo: Indianapolis Colts

IN-HOUSE CANDIDATE

Jimmy Raye III, Texans vice president of football operations/assistant general manager

Raye has a ton of experience, spending 17 years with the Chargers and four with the Colts before the Texans’ Rick Smith hired him last year.
WHY NOT?Jimmy Raye III, Texans vice president of football operations/assistant general managerIn Raye's lone season with the Texans, things didn't go well on the field. That certainly isn't Raye's fault, but the Texans likely will want a fresher face. Photo: Indianapolis Colts
WHY NOT?

Jimmy Raye III, Texans vice president of football operations/assistant general manager

In Raye’s lone season with the Texans, things didn’t go well on the field. That certainly isn’t Raye’s fault, but the Texans likely will want a fresher face.
LONG SHOTMonti Ossenfort, Patriots' director of college scoutingOssenfort is in his 16th season with the Patriots. He was the team's assistant director of college scouting before being promoted to director before the 2014 season. He's a long shot, because the Texans can't interview him until after the Patriots' season is over and he's behind Nick Caserio in New England, so it would make sense for the Patriots to choose Caserio over Ossenfort. Photo: New England Patriots
LONG SHOT
Monti Ossenfort, Patriots’ director of college scouting

Ossenfort is in his 16th season with the Patriots. He was the team’s assistant director of college scouting before being promoted to director before the 2014 season. He’s a long shot, because the Texans can’t interview him until after the Patriots’ season is over and he’s behind Nick Caserio in New England, so it would make sense for the Patriots to choose Caserio over Ossenfort.

LONG SHOTWill McClay, Cowboys vice president of player personnelMcClay is well-liked in Dallas and well-respected. He grew up in Houston, attending Marian Christian High School and playing football at Rice. Photo: James D. Smith /AP

LONG SHOT
Will McClay, Cowboys vice president of player personnel

McClay is well-liked in Dallas and well-respected. He grew up in Houston, attending Marian Christian High School and playing football at Rice.

WHY NOT?Will McClay, Cowboys vice president of player personnelMcClay said Sunday that the Texans haven't contacted him about having any interest in setting up an interview. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones also said he expects McClay to stay with the Cowboys. Photo: Kar Hlava, The Citizen / The Citizen

WHY NOT?
Will McClay, Cowboys vice president of player personnel

McClay said Sunday that the Texans haven’t contacted him about having any interest in setting up an interview. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones also said he expects McClay to stay with the Cowboys.

OUTBrian Gutekunst, Packers director of player personnelThe Texans were set to interview Gutekunst last weekend, but the Packers promoted him to general manager, so he's off the Texans' list. Photo: Mike Roemer, Associated Press / FR155603 AP

OUT
Brian Gutekunst, Packers director of player personnel

The Texans were set to interview Gutekunst last weekend, but the Packers promoted him to general manager, so he’s off the Texans’ list.


Source: Chron.com

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