If you ask anyone what Jack Easterby has been up to in nearly four seasons with the Texans, chances are they still don’t fully know. Never in Houston football history had there been such an enigmatic executive whose influence went so far beyond his qualifications, whose cryptic job title gave him a wide enough range to claim or receive. both praise and reproach even for things in which he was not supremely involved. .
Maybe there never will be again. The Texans fired Easterby on Monday, a crucial move by chairman and CEO Cal McNair that, in terms of Easterby’s direct impact on the team’s on-court performance, was arguably delayed by two seasons. Easterby’s peak of power had passed, but he was allowed to sit in the background while the franchise’s new management rectified the roster and budget mistakes that still mired the Texans below mediocrity.