The New England Patriots head coach took an oblique shot at his former character coach, who at present is the final supervisor of the Houston Texans.
The Houston Texans are a company in disarray. 4 video games into the 2020 season, the Texans opted to fireside head coach and normal supervisor Invoice O’Brien after going winless. Whereas defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was promoted to interim head coach, the person who changed O’Brien to guide the entrance workplace for this season at minimal was Jack Easterby, the previous character coach of the New England Patriots.
Forward of Week 11’s Patriots-Texans sport, head coach Invoice Belichick was requested about Easterby’s abilities. Whereas he did reward him for his work with the Patriots relationship again to 2013, Belichick did say that Easterby is “not a personnel individual.” Oof.
“Jack did an excellent job for us,” Belichick mentioned, through Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “His position was a different one. He labored with plenty of completely different elements of the group — gamers, coaches, help folks, so forth. He was an individual who may join effectively with everyone, from the proprietor of the workforce to the tools supervisor that picks up towels, and the entire folks in between. So he was a really priceless individual for this group within the time he was right here.”
Not precisely a glowing endorsement from Belichick
Texans followers had been searching for some type of glowing reward from Belichick, as Easterby may probably retain the final supervisor job for the 2021 season. Listening to this needed to really feel like a punch to the intestine for the fanbase, as in the event that they haven’t taken sufficient of these this previous yr.
Easterby was employed by the Texans in 2019 to be their government vp of soccer operations, and Texans followers have lumped him in with the strikes made by O’Brien as normal supervisor.
Throughout his tenure, the Texans flipped edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney for primarily a 2020 third-round decide, acquired left sort out Laremy Tunsil from the Miami Dolphins for 2020 and 2021 first-round picks, and traded celebrity vast receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for working again David Johnson, a second-round decide and a fourth-round choice.
The Texans at present sit at 2-7 on the season and are all however out of the playoff race. They received’t have a first-round decide this yr due to the aforementioned Tunsil commerce, edge rusher J.J. Watt has expressed his need to not be on a rebuilding workforce and the group is leaning in direction of bringing Crennel again for the 2021 season. If the latter proves to be true, we are able to’t rule out Easterby returning for subsequent yr.
But it surely’s really telling that the brightest thoughts in soccer doesn’t view Easterby as a personnel man, however the Texans do.