The Houston Texans have been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons this offseason, with rumors of discontent, lawsuits and trade demands swirling around the franchise.
One of the most persistent rumors has been that general manager Nick Caserio, who was hired in January, is unhappy with his role and is planning to leave after the NFL draft.
Caserio addressed those rumors in a press conference on Monday, and denied that he has any intention of leaving the Texans.
“I’m committed to being here,” Caserio said. “I enjoy being here. I enjoy working with our staff. I enjoy working with our coaches. I enjoy working with our players.
I enjoy working with Cal (McNair) and Jack (Easterby). I’m excited about trying to build something here.”.
Caserio said he understands that there is a lot of speculation and uncertainty surrounding the Texans, but he urged fans and media to focus on the facts and not the rumors.
“I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there,” Caserio said. “I think it’s important to be careful what you believe and what you read. A lot of times those things are driven by people that have an agenda or have a bias or have something that they’re trying to accomplish.”.
Caserio said he is focused on preparing for the draft, which begins on Thursday, and finding players who can help the Texans improve from their 4-12 record last season.
He said he is not concerned about his own job security or reputation.
“I’m not worried about anything other than trying to do a good job for the Houston Texans organization,” Caserio said. “That’s why I came here. That’s why I’m here.
That’s what I’m excited about doing.”.
Caserio said he has a good relationship with head coach David Culley, who was also hired in January, and that they share a similar vision for the team.
“We’re aligned on a lot of things,” Caserio said. “We communicate every day. We talk about everything that’s going on within the building, within the team.
We have a lot of respect for each other. We have a lot of trust in each other.”.
Caserio also addressed the situation with quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has requested a trade and is facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault or misconduct.
Caserio said he respects Watson as a player and a person, but declined to comment on his legal issues or his future with the team.
“I think we’re respectful of what’s happening,” Caserio said. “We’re respectful of the process that’s going on. Ultimately, the legal process will take care of itself.
We’ll respect that process as it plays out.”.
Caserio said he is optimistic about the direction of the Texans, despite the challenges they face. He said he believes in the culture and the character of the organization, and that he is grateful for the opportunity to be part of it.
“I’m proud to be here,” Caserio said. “I’m proud to be part of this organization. I’m proud to work with these people every day.”.
Final Thoughts: Texans GM Nick Caserio Committed to Building Team Despite Turmoil
Despite the turmoil surrounding the Houston Texans this offseason, general manager Nick Caserio has reiterated his commitment to the team and denied rumors of his departure after the NFL draft.
In a press conference on Monday, Caserio emphasized his enjoyment of working with the Texans’ staff, coaches, and players, and expressed excitement about building something special in Houston.
Caserio acknowledged the speculation and uncertainty surrounding the Texans but urged fans and media to focus on the facts and not the rumors. He also emphasized the importance of being careful about what people believe and read, as much of the misinformation out there is driven by those with an agenda or bias.
Despite the ongoing legal issues with quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has requested a trade and is facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault or misconduct, Caserio showed respect for Watson as a player and a person, but declined to comment on his future with the team.
Caserio’s commitment to the Texans is encouraging for fans who have been disheartened by the turmoil surrounding the franchise. It is clear that he is focused on preparing for the draft and finding players who can help the Texans improve from their 4-12 record last season.
Caserio also expressed optimism about the direction of the Texans, citing the culture and character of the organization and his pride in being part of it.
However, it is important to note that the Texans still have a long road ahead, with numerous challenges to overcome. The ongoing legal issues with Watson, along with the trade demands and lawsuits involving former Texans star J.J.
Watt, have cast a cloud of uncertainty over the franchise. Nonetheless, Caserio’s commitment to building something special in Houston is a positive sign and offers hope for a brighter future for the Texans.