Bill Belichick On Jack Easterby: He’s Not A Personnel Person

By Ari Meirov

Jack Easterby currently serves as the executive vice president of football operations and the interim general manager of the Houston Texans.

Before joining the Texans, he was with the Patriots and had several roles with the team.

He would counsel players and was always a helping hand in tough situations, he would assist coach Bill Belichick with character evaluations, and much more.

As the Patriots prepare to face the Texans this week, Belichick was asked about Easterby’s time with New England.

“Jack did a great job for us,” Belichick said, via the Houston Chronicle. “His role was a varied one. He worked with a lot of different aspects of the organization: players, coaches, support people, so forth.

“He was a person who could connect well with everybody, from the owner of the team to the equipment manager that picks up towels, and all of the people in between. So, he was a very valuable person for this organization in the time he was here.”

Ever since arriving in Houston, Easterby’s role increased to making personnel decisions. He’s been involved in negotiating contracts, making trades and other roster moves. There’s also a strong belief that he made the decision to fire V.P. of communications Amy Palcic, which sent shockwaves around the NFL.

Belichick was asked if he could’ve envisioned Easterby being in his current role, and Belichick was brutally honest with his response:

“Jack’s not a personnel person, no,” Belichick said.

Belichick is right. Easterby has no real experience with contract negotiation, cap maneuvering, talent evaluation, etc. There are plenty of executives around the NFL trying to climb the front-office ladders, and Easterby is somehow the guy leading the Texans front office.

Longtime Texans reporter John McClain reported on Sunday that the Texans will hire a new GM and a new coach after the season.

For now, it’s Jack Easterby’s world in Houston.

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