Bill Belichick on Texans General Manager Jack Easterby: He’s “not a staff member, no”


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Before joining the Texans in a front office that he quickly transformed into a much larger office, executive vice president of football operations and interim general manager Jack Easterby worked for the Patriots. In a conference call Monday with the Houston media ahead of the Week 11 game between the two teams, Belichick was asked about Easterby, whose rise through the ranks has left fans and watchers in Houston and beyond curious and / or doubtful.

“Jack did a great job for us,” Belichick said. “His role was varied. He has worked with many different aspects of the organization – players, coaches, support people, etc. He was a person who could communicate well with everyone from the team owner to the equipment manager or the equipment manager who collected the towels and everyone in between. He was a very valuable person in this organization during his time here.

So did Belichick ever think Easterby would be in a position that involved football staff decisions?

“Jack is not a staff member, no,” Belichick said.

Some consider the remark to be Easterby’s bodyslam, but it is not. It is a cold, harsh and undeniable statement of fact. It seems to be out of the limelight only because Easterby, with owner Cal McNair’s imprimatur, has strayed so far from Easterby’s skills.

It also appears to be in the shade because not many people have called Easterby, despite multiple examples of potential biographical embellishments, of overestimating his experiences with Jacksonville in 2004 (the online biography has obviously been changed and the Texans no. did not provide PFT with specific information on the timing of the switch when asked about it earlier this season) whether he actually worked for the Chiefs (he never did. ) to the idea that he had been entrusted with more than 50 coaching searches at various colleges (an impressive achievement considering he graduated from college in 2005).

Ultimately, McNair can do whatever he wants. Those outside the organization, in turn, can say what they want to say about the possibility that the person who landed it a major title (and surely a significant salary) with the Houston Texans actually deserves. the position, especially in light of the sheer volume of people employed in lesser roles with other teams, people who clearly have more qualifications and better actual credentials than Easterby.


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