March 24, 2018

Houston Texans Announce Extension of Bill O’Brien and the Hiring of General Manager Brian Gaine

The Houston Texans have announced new contracts for head coach Bill O’Brien and new general manager Brian Gaine on Saturday. O’Brien had a one year remaining on his original deal and he will receive a 4-year extension while Gaine will sign a 5-year deal to keep both with the Texans until 2022.

“Bill O’Brien has been a tremendous leader for us these last four years and we believe in his vision for the team moving forward,” said McNair. “Bill is a terrific teacher that the players respect. We have a lot of trust in him to build a unified, championship culture and we’re thrilled to have him as our head coach into the future.”

O’Brien is entering his fifth season with the Texans and his 31 career victories are tied for the most by any head coach in franchise history through their first four years. In 2017, the Texans dealt with multiple injuries to their roster, which led to an NFL-record 78 different players recording at least one snap on offense, defense or special teams. From 2014-16, O’Brien led the Texans to three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history and back-to-back AFC South division championships (2015-16).

O’Brien was part of the interview committee to find the next general manager which resulted in the familiar face in Brain Gaine.

“Our committee was unanimous in praise for Brian Gaine and we are all aligned in our philosophy on how to continue to build our roster and win a championship,“ said Texans Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer Robert C. McNair. “Brian is an incredibly smart, hardworking individual that understands the importance of good communication. We couldn’t be more excited about naming him our new general manager.”

Gaine will be the third general manager of the Texans in franchise history and take over for the departed Rick Smith who left the organization to tend to his ailing wife who is battling breast cancer.

Gaine was with the Texans from 2014 to 2016 as the director of player personnel and during that time he was in charge of supervising all pro player evaluations, scouting process, and transactional movement across the NFL. In 2015, the Texans promoted Gaine to the director of player personnel after he was interviewed for the Philadelphia Eagles general manager opening from his original post of pro personnel director.

In May, Gaine left for the Buffalo Bills and took over their vice president of player personnel role joining current Bills general manager Brandon Beane.

Gaine was with the Miami Dolphins in 2013 and was the team’s Personnel Assistant who was a finalist for the vacant general manager position. He was one of three finalists for the Dolphins GM position and was fired three days after he was not selected at the GM by the team.

Gaine arrived in Miami from the Dallas Cowboys and worked under Bill Parcells as the Assistant Director of Pro Scouting. He came to Miami with Parcells and worked under him from 2005-2007. He also spent time in the New York Jets scouting department from 1999-2004 when Parcells was the Head Coach (1999) and the general manager.

The Texans also announced a 4-year extension for Vice President of Administration Chris Olson who is in charge of contracts and cap management.


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