If you were to ask anyone what Jack Easterby was up to in nearly four seasons with the Texans, chances are they still don’t quite know. Never in Houston’s football history had there been such an enigmatic director whose influence extended beyond his qualifications, whose cryptic job title gave him a broad enough scope to lay claim to or be given both credit and blame for even things he was not very involved in .
Maybe there will never be. The Texans fired Easterby on Monday, a crucial decision by chairman and CEO Cal McNair that was arguably delayed by two seasons in terms of Easterby’s direct impact on the team’s performance. The peak of Easterby’s power was over, but he was allowed to remain in the background as the franchise’s new leadership rectified the roster and budgetary blunders that still put the Texans below average.