Houston Texans fire general manager Brain Gaine in surprise move

Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY

Published 5: 54 p.m. ET June 7, 2019 | Upgraded 8: 38 p.m. ET June 7, 2019

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In a sudden move, the Houston Texans declared general manager Brian Gaine on Friday just days before the team is scheduled to account for the mandatory minicamp.

“Following an exhaustive evaluation of our soccer operations, we’ve decided to ease Brian Gaine of his duties as general manager,” Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement issued by the franchise. “Brian is a person of high character and we appreciate his gifts to our business. We’ll start a search for a new GM. In the meantime, 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 the company in our quest to construct a championship team to the Town of Houston.”

The timing is certainly unconventional, since Gaine just oversaw the group’s free service and draft strategy after the 2018 period. At the initial round of this draft, Gaine and the Texans selected Alabama State offensive address Tytus Howard using the No. 23 complete choice and also used their third-round selection on another offensive tackle, Max Scharping in Northern Illinois.

Months following the Texans’ announcement, the New York Jets, that fired GM Mike Maccagnan on May 15, announced that they have hired Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas to be the group’s new general director.

Offensive line has been a recurring problem to the Texans with star quarterback Deshaun Watson always was under duress. This past year, Houston ranked dead last in sacks allowed, giving up 62. The team previously rated 31st from the group with 54 in 2017, the season before Gaine took over.

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The Texans won the AFC South with an 11-5 document and was the third seed in the AFC playoffs, but lost to division-rival Indianapolis Colts at the wild card round, 21-7.

Houston had also been active in free agency, signing up security Tashaun Gipson,” cornerback Bradley Roby, and backup quarterback AJ McCarron after it chose to allow security Tyrann Mathieu along with cornerback Kareem Jackson walk.

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Houston hired Gaine in January 2018 when its former general director, Rick Smith, announced through the team he would be taking a leave of absence to support and assist his wife as she failed cancer therapies.

The Texans are all set to start their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

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