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Old 12-19-2005   #1
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Here is a piece from PFW. My favorite part is:

"There’s speculation Reeves could become the Texans’ second-ever head coach if Dom Capers is fired after the season, though a source close to the club believes his candidacy is a long shot at the moment."

The reason I like that quote is that it makes clear PFW spoke to someone "close to the club", meaning that this article wasn't just based on the writer's opinion. I wonder who the source could be? Mr. McNair himself? One of the minority owners? Who knows. But this amplifies the point that McNair has lost confidence in Casserly, as evidenced by his hiring of Reeves and his public horsewhipping of the Buchanon trade in the Chronicle.

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The way we hear it, two well-known veterans of the league’s front-office wars — Texans GM Charley Casserly and Bills GM Tom Donahoe — are good bets to be sent packing after their teams’ disappointing seasons mercifully grind to a halt in a couple of weeks.

Casserly’s future in Houston is in serious doubt after owner Bob McNair hired former Broncos, Giants and Falcons head coach Dan Reeves as a consultant last week. Reeves, out of football since the 2003 season, will evaluate both the coaching staff and the scouting department. McNair hired Reeves after consulting other owners and indicated that an endorsement from Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was a deciding factor in hiring Reeves.

There’s speculation Reeves could become the Texans’ second-ever head coach if Dom Capers is fired after the season, though a source close to the club believes his candidacy is a long shot at the moment. While Reeves, 61, said he views himself as a “football coach first” and indicated he would be open to coaching again, he made it clear he was not campaigning for Capers’ job.

If Reeves doesn’t become the Texans’ head coach, there’s a chance he could oversee the team’s football operations and assist in the coaching search. Former Falcons vice president of football operations Ron Hill, who worked with Reeves in Atlanta, is one of the names also thought to be a logical GM candidate if Casserly is let go.

Casserly, who has been with the Texans for six years (four seasons of play), has been criticized for his work on Draft Day and in free agency. Trading second- and third-round draft picks to Oakland for CB Phillip Buchanon in April also proved a mistake. Buchanon was benched early in the season for poor play and later landed on injured reserve. McNair recently panned the trade in an interview with The Houston Chronicle and indicated he would take a more active role in personnel matters in the future.

As for Donahoe, Bills fans and media have been clamoring for a change, and it’s now expected that owner Ralph Wilson will pull the plug on his GM’s tenure after five seasons. The Bills have a 30-48 record under Donahoe, and, should the Bengals and Jaguars make the playoffs this season, the Bills would join the Texans as the only AFC teams not to make the playoffs in the past five seasons.

Wilson’s choice to succeed Donahoe may already be on the staff in Buffalo, with assistant GM Tom Modrak, the ex-GM of the Eagles, arguably the top candidate available. Word is Modrak would be more likely to keep head coach Mike Mularkey (Donahoe’s second head-coaching hire with the Bills) than if someone from outside the organization were brought in.

We hear Wilson, who at 87 wants to win sooner rather than later, would also not be averse to bringing in a big-name GM such as Ron Wolf, who is reportedly interested in returning to the NFL for the right price (including a piece of team ownership) and the opportunity to further his son’s career in the NFL. (Eliot Wolf is employed as a pro personnel assistant with the Packers.)

Word is Wilson has been unhappy with the direction of the team since this past April’s draft, questioning the wisdom of Donahoe’s decision to select WR Roscoe Parrish with the Bills’ top pick (a second-round choice) and then following up that pick by selecting TE Kevin Everett in the third round when the Bills had more pressing needs along the offensive and defensive lines after the free-agency departures of OLT Jonas Jennings and DT Pat Williams.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW...5/wwhi2024.htm
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If I sent an email to a member of the Texans Bullpen Pep Band or the groundskeeper and asked what they thought of Reeves, and they responded, I could legitimately lead my next story with "according to a source close to the club..."

Just food for thought.
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Your statement is true on its face, but the fact that the article appears in PFW lends much more credibility to it than that. PFW is more or less regarded as the industry publication for the NFL, and has good enough access within the league not to have to rely on the sort of people you mentioned in your example.

That's more food for thought.
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Think about who reporters talk to. Other reporters. The PFW guy probably talked to or emailed Megan Manful, Richard Justice or John McClain off the record and got that 'scoop.'

My point was - beyond the hyperbole for effect - that PFW probably doesn't have a more authoritative source on this than anyone else, knowing how Texans media relations works and especially given the lack of real substance in the article other than some 'grandiose' claim that Reeves may not coach the Texans next year - now that's going out on a limb.
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i think that the league would be upset if we signed reeves as our coach because it would look like we are circumventing the rule to interview minority candidates just like the lions did with mariucci.
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I don't think Reeves will be our next head coach. I could be wrong, but I think he might actually be a consultant in this one.
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Think about who reporters talk to. Other reporters. The PFW guy probably talked to or emailed Megan Manful, Richard Justice or John McClain off the record and got that 'scoop.'

My point was - beyond the hyperbole for effect - that PFW probably doesn't have a more authoritative source on this than anyone else, knowing how Texans media relations works and especially given the lack of real substance in the article other than some 'grandiose' claim that Reeves may not coach the Texans next year - now that's going out on a limb.
Considering John McClain has anointed Dan Reeves next Texans Head Coach, I suspect was the source of that rumor and I think is all that it is.
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Considering John McClain has anointed Dan Reeves next Texans Head Coach, I suspect was the source of that rumor and I think is all that it is.
Has McClain been saying that on the radio? So, who here wants Reeves as the next Texans coach? I don't think I do.
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So first McClain thought it was not the brightest move to get Reeves over here, now he's saying he'll be the next head coach? Way to flip-flop.

I'm not keen on Reeves being HC either for some reason.
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I don't want him to be coach but as for the way this team is being run wwhy would mcnair not engage in a lil croneyism of his own. Its the Texas way according to those who follow the white house and we see how that is turning out (FEMA.)

I say let's just wait two more weeks and stop all the speculating.
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I can't make up my own mind about Casserly....
I think he is a capable judge of talent and can do a good job as GM of the Texans. His biggest flaw seems to be his attempts to prove how shrewed he is and ends up outsmarting himself. Hopefully Mr McNair calling him out on the Pbuch trade will cause Casserly to be a little more cautious in his dealings. That and being taken in on draft day like the Babin deal. Babin will probably be a good player eventually, but Casserly overpaid.
If Reeves is still overseeing things during the draft it may be wise to keep Casserly. Just keeping him calm and letting things come to him.
Unlike many on this board, I think Casserly has brought talent to this team.

Hell, I am still unsettled on Capers. I think Capers has the temperment to be a good head coach. As I have stated several times before, he needs to overcome the coaching trait of blind loyalty to incompetent assistants and replace them.

Think Martz would come aboard as assistant HC and Offensive Co-ordinator?
Of course that would require a little adjustment on Capers ' keeping it close ' philosophy.

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If I sent an email to a member of the Texans Bullpen Pep Band or the groundskeeper and asked what they thought of Reeves, and they responded, I could legitimately lead my next story with "according to a source close to the club..."

Just food for thought.
Now that's funny

What about the guy from the hotdog stand across from the training facilities ?
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