Originally Posted by handswarmer
How many GM's have the Texans had since inception?
Charley "I Am Famous Because I Was GM in Washington When They Won A Super Bowl" Casserly, and now Rick Smith.
Though it is believed that Rick Smith and Gary Kubiak are somehow joined at the hip with their connection to Denver...it needs to be mentioned that Gary was hired as HC well before Rick Smith was made new GM. So, it's not like the GM helped the owner select a HC...instead, the GM was hired after the HC.
Now, some will say that it was probably a done deal with Rick Smith anyways, and that we had him pegged as being the GM because he and Gary Kubiak had ties with one another...blah blah blah...but I don't buy it.
I have always said that Rick Smith will be GM here long past Kubiak's exit. He's been shrewd in his dealings with players--the 2011 spending spree to get Manning and Joseph was, IMO, an effort to purchase what we needed for Wade Phillip's defense (a gamble that paid off, seeing as how we were total crap prior to that). People despise Rick Smith because they think he takes a dump on our guys when he doesn't "need to," such as the outright release of Winston last year...the lack of even making an offer at all to Mario Williams...and you should have seen this place when DeMeco Ryans was traded last year too!
All in all, though, I think he has done way more than Charley Casserly ever did. Charley was awful. AWFUL. I suppose he had to deal with expansion issues, but still...he wasn't very good.
If Rick Smith finds a way to get guys restructured, and we add Ed Reed and maybe even more FA's we don't know about yet, there will be some posters here who might think differently about him. Right now, the book on Rick is that he mismanaged the cap and we're paying for it. Frankly, I think Bob was on board with the risk back in 2011 and is along for the ride with the concept of seeing what it does for us. After 2010, our owner was soul-crushed by the way we weren't making progress with Gary's choices at d-coord. He had two massively huge turds at d-coord and each one failed in BIG ways.
Along comes Wade Phillips, add two free agents in Manning and Joseph, plus Wade helped draft JJ Watt....I mean, looks like things are going pretty well from where I'm sitting. Just we got a QB situation all of a sudden, which wasn't a problem prior to 2012. Bad timing.