If you asked someone what Jack Easterby did in almost four seasons with the Texans, chances are they still wouldn’t fully know. Never in Houston football history had there been such an enigmatic executive whose influence reached so far beyond his qualifications, whose cryptic job title afforded him a wide enough range to lay claim or receive both praise and blame for even things in which he was not supremely involved .
Perhaps there never will be again. The Texans fired Easterby on Monday, a pivotal decision by chair and CEO Cal McNair that in terms of Easterby’s direct impact on the team’s on-field performance was arguably two seasons delayed. The peak of Easterby’s power had passed, yet he was allowed to remain in the background while the franchise’s new leadership rectified the roster and budgetary blunders that still mire the Texans below mediocrity.