Texans Give Bill O'Brien Extension, Hire Brian Gaine as GM

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

The Texans have hired Brian Gaine as their new general manager, and the team has given coach Bill O'Brien a four-year extension in deals that will keep both men under contract through 2022, the team announced Saturday. He went to Buffalo last season to serve as VP of player personnel for the Bills.

Gaine spent three seasons with the Houston Texans before leaving for the Buffalo Bills as the VP of Player Personnel in May of 2017. "We have a lot of trust in hi to build a unified, championship culture nd we're thrilled to have him as our head coach into the future".

Smith has taken an extended leave of absence to be with his wife, Tiffany, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in September and has been receiving treatment in Arizona. The team lost standout rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson to a torn ACL, while defensive lineman J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus were also sidelined. Smith will retain the title of executive vice president.

Texans owner Bob McNair calls Gaine an "incredibly smart, hardworking individual that understands the importance of good communication".

Gaine brings 19 years of National Football League personnel experience to Houston.

The Houston Texans have themselves a new general manager. Despite a down year, the Texans don't need to undertake a massive rebuilding project.

Regardless, with O'Brien staying and Gaine arriving and the Texans having a young franchise quarterback and a solid defense, the Texans could soon be playing in the divisional round, and possibly beyond.

Of course, the AFC South is much more competitive than it was a couple years ago.

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