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McNair Says Texans Will Speak to Offensive and Defensive Coaches to Be Team’s Next HC

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Texans owner Cal McNair said he will interview both offensive and defensive coaches for the vacant head coaching position, Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Although it’s not stated in the article, McNair’s comments seem to put to bed a report from the weekend that said the Texans were considering keeping interim head coach Romeo Crennel around as the full-time head coach next season.

McNair leads a coaching search committee that includes team president Jamey Rootes, the Korn Ferry search firm and “an ad-hoc committee of NFL experts.”

The committee also will be looking for a new general manager and McNair said the same thing Rootes said on a Zoom call with season-ticket holders on Wednesday: Executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby, who has served as the interim general manager since Bill O’Brien was fired in October, will not be the team’s full-time general manager.

McNair told McClain that Easterby’s future role within the organization will be decided by the new general manager. However, McNair told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday that although Easterby won’t be the general manager, he’s “going to be an incredibly valuable part of our franchise moving forward as he works with our next general manager and head coach.”

McNair said he plans to hire a general manager first, and then that person will help with the hiring of the new coach. The Texans will have to wait for a team’s season to end before they can interview coaching candidates on that team’s staff.

“We’ll use our experts, and we’ll take input where it comes, but at the end of the day, it’ll be my decision,” McNair told McClain. “We’ve started the process, and it’s a rigorous process.

“We’ve started internal discussions. Until we’re allowed to talk to people about the positions, we have to be really careful about what we say and do because of all the rules that are in place.”

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