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GM Brian Gaine, O’Brien “philosophically aligned”

Posted Jan 17, 2018

Texans general manager Brian Gaine wanted to return to Houston to work alongside head coach Bill O'Brien because the two are "philosophically aligned."

When Brian Gaine interviewed for the position of Texans general manager, he wanted the job for two main reasons. He wanted to work for the McNair family, who offered a great amount of support to those in the organization to perform their jobs at the highest level.

The other reason was that he wanted to partner with Bill O’Brien again.

“What you see on Sunday is obviously the result of player acquisition and coaching, but there is a process involved in terms of getting to Sunday,” Gaine said in his introductory press conference. “And Bill and I are very philosophically aligned when it comes to how to do that, how to build the right program, how to build the right culture, and it’s not just the football roster but it’s the football operation. That requires every aspect that touches the game that touches the locker room, all those aspects of that football operation, Bill and I are philosophically aligned in terms of how to run it and how to do it.”

The two worked together in Houston during the first three years of O’Brien’s tenure as head coach. Gaine served as the Texans director of pro personnel in 2014 and director of player personnel from 2015-16. He spent the 2017 season as the Buffalo Bills vice president of player personnel.

Gaine said he expects the transition to be a seamless one, after spending four drafts with O’Brien and the Texans.

“Well, having been here for three years and knowing what Coach O’Brien’s able to do, I certainly have an insightful feeling for what Coach O’Brien is able to accomplish,” Gaine said. “We’ll continue to get him good players. He’ll continue to coach the team at a high level. And between the two of us, hopefully we’ll be building a championship roster for years to come.”

Gaine signed a five-year deal last week while O’Brien was extended for four years, with both deals running through 2022.

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