HEADLINE

Texans hire Gaine as GM, give extension to O’Brien

Sports Xchange

January 13, 2018 at 10:30 am.

The Houston Texans have hired Brian Gaine as their new general manager and extended the contract of head coach Bill O’Brien, multiple outlets reported on Saturday.

Gaine was hired to a five-year contract and O’Brien received a four-year extension, per reports. O’Brien had one year remaining on the five-year contract he signed when he took over as Texans coach before the 2014 season.

Gaine returns to the Texans after one year as the Buffalo Bills’ vice president of player personnel. He previously served as Houston’s director of pro personnel and director of player personnel under general manager Rick Smith before leaving for Buffalo.

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. Smith, who will retain the title of executive vice president, has worked for the Texans since 2006.

Gaine’s extensive experience includes working in scouting and personnel since 1999. He started with the New York Jets, and five years later he moved on to work with the Dallas Cowboys from 2005 to 2007 and then with the Miami Dolphins from 2008 to 2013.

This past season, the Texans were decimated by injuries and fell well out of the playoffs with a 4-12 record. 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.

O’Brien owns a 31-33 regular-season mark in four seasons with the Texans. He has a 1-2 record in the playoffs with the club.