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Judgement of Texans GM Caserio questioned after Culley firing

Nick Caserio is more involved in practices and game day operations than most GMs and unlikely to part with that responsibilityGETTY IMAGES

Texans coach David Culley being fired after one season fielding a 4-13 team suggests "poor judgment" by GM Nick Caserio or that Caserio had "always intended Culley to be a transition hire unless he somehow exceeded his limitations," according to Brooks Kubena of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Caserio "declined to specify what 'philosophical differences' -- schematic or not -- led to his decision to ultimately fire Culley." He "finessed whether he ever viewed Culley as a long-term solution." Twice he said that Culley "was the best fit for the Texans 'at the time.'" Caserio said, “When you look around at the building and the foundation that’s been put in place, David has had a lot to do with that. It was a difficult decision. It was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make in my life on a personal level." Caserio is "more involved in practices and game day operations" than most GMs. Culley was "transparent" about how Caserio and Texans Senior Adviser/Football Performance Romeo Crennel were "both on the headset advising Culley in game-day situations on Sundays." Caserio also was "on the headsets" while with the Patriots, although Caserio "said he’d be open to adapting his role" with the Texans. But it is "unlikely" that Caserio will "part with a responsibility he’s held for so long" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/15).

CONCERN FOR THE FUTURE: In Houston, Brian Smith wrote it is "hard to believe in Houston’s plan" when no one, outside of Caserio and Exec VP/Football Operations Jack Easterby, "knows what the real plan is." It also is "difficult to buy in to what the Texans are trying to sell" when they "constantly make us question our faith and consistently struggle to deliver their own message." Caserio has been "talking in circles" while only "creating more confusion about what’s to come" in '22 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/15). In Houston, Jerome Solomon wrote the "first major decision" Caserio and Easterby made "proved to be unsound." The hiring of Culley was "such a head-scratcher." If Caserio was "crazy enough to think it could work a year ago," then he "should still be crazy." When "such a call" is made with an NFL team’s "most important hire, one has to wonder if you are capable of handling such responsibility." It would be "nice if Caserio bounced back from his poor decision with a great hire" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/16).

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