This is nothing new. Easterby was O'Brien's wingman on the worst contract negotiations and the purging of guys like the cap guy. He kept his job while placing all of the blame for the bad personnel moves and contracts on BOB. On the Tunsil and Watson contracts he was right there smiling like a proud parent. Tunsil didn't even have an agent and still got them to over pay. They are the ones who gave Watson that no-trade clause.
The revisionists want to paint him as this white knight who came to the Texans to clean house when the reality of the situation is he and BOB were opportunists who took advantage of the McNairs. Fans get sidetracked by this Watson fiasco. But make no mistake about it. Easterby and BOB were joined at the hip and they along with Watson and Cal are the primary reasons for the mess the Texans are in.
That's the reason some people view him as a villain and why it annoys others that he is still employed by the Texans. It also doesn't help when recently signed players mention his name as being one of the people responsible for signing them.
I give up.