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11-5, 1st in AFC South

Barnwell Show: Sarah Barshop & Jake Trotter

Bill is joined by ESPN Texans reporter Sarah Barshop to weigh in on Houston abruptly firing their GM Brian Gaine (0:41), including the logic behind it and their pursuit of Patriots executive Nick Caserio (5:52). Plus, what their plans for the offseason are and how they're approaching Jadeveon Clowney's contract (11:12). New ESPN Browns reporter Jake Trotter also stops by to talk about Cleveland's offseason (24:09), including a potential breakout player (27:17), a positional group that may worry fans (31:19), expectations for their record (33:49), possible discord between players (38:08) and more.

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12dSarah Barshop

Sources: Pats drop grievance as Texans move on

The Houston Texans will no longer pursue New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio for their general manager position, the team announced Friday.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Texans are dropping their pursuit of Patriots' director of player personnel Nick Caserio, as John McClain first reported. Patriots are dropping their tampering charges against the Texans. Caserio remains in New England; Texans GM opening remains.

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14dAdam Schefter

Sources: Pats file tampering charges vs. Texans

The Patriots filed tampering charges Wednesday against the Texans for the attempted general manager hire of Nick Caserio, league sources told ESPN.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

At the end of the Texans' spring workouts, Bill O'Brien said he felt quarterback Deshaun Watson did "an excellent job of improving the things that we've asked him to improve" during the offseason. "His grasp of our offense is light years ahead of where it was, obviously, when he first got here, but I would say even last year," O'Brien said. "I think we've really gotten better there and I'm excited about where he's at right now."

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, on Wednesday, the Patriots filed tampering charges against the Texans for the attempted hire of Nick Caserio. On Tuesday, head coach Bill O'Brien was asked whether he or Jack Easterby had any contact with Caserio or his representatives before Brian Gaine was fired. "I would say that the answer to that is no relative to contact about anything having to do with the Houston Texans," O'Brien said. "No."

15dMike Clay

NFL divisional bets I like right now

The NFL offseason is here, but there is plenty of betting value to be had. Mike Clay gives five divisional bets he likes, including the Los Angeles Chargers to win the AFC West.

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15dSarah Barshop

O'Brien says he needs better communication skills

While Texans head coach Bill O'Brien wouldn't shed any light on the team's firing of general manager Brian Gaine, he did say that he needs to do a better job communicating with people face to face.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Texans mandatory minicamp starts Tuesday, but as their unsigned franchise player, Jadeveon Clowney is not expected to attend.


Dari & Mel: Why Houston fired GM Brian Gaine

Dari Nowkhah & Courtney Cronin discuss why a possible power struggle between Bill O'Brien and Brian Gaine may have cost Gaine his job. Plus, what is the solution going forward

This Just In  

Texans fire GM Brian Gaine, who was hired January 2018 and given a 5-year deal

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans have fired general manager Brian Gaine, less than a year and half after hiring him to a five-year contract. Here is the statement from team CEO Cal McNair: “After a thorough evaluation of our football operations, we have decided to relieve Brian Gaine of his duties as general manager. Brian is a man of high character and we appreciate his contributions to our organization. We will begin an immediate search for a new GM. In the interim, Football Operations will be led by Senior Vice President of Football Administration Chris Olsen. While the timing may be unusual, this decision was made in the best interest of our organization in our quest to build a championship team for the City of Houston.”

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Team Stats

Passing Yards236.317th
Rushing Yards126.38th
Points For25.111th
Points Against19.8Tied-4th