Texans fire GM Brian Gaine
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The Houston Texans have fired general manager Brian Gaine, the club announced on Friday.

Gaine held the post for only one season, and four campaigns were left on his contract.

"After a thorough evaluation of our football operations, we have decided to relieve Brian Gaine of his duties as general manager," Texans chairman Hal McNair said in a statement. "Brian is a man of high character and we appreciate his contributions to our organization. ... 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."

Senior vice president of football administration Chris Olsen will lead the football operations department on an interim basis while the team searches for a new general manager.

Gaine came to Houston in January 2018 after working in the Buffalo Bills' front office under Brandon Beane. He also served the Texans from 2014 to 2016 as their director of player personnel. Gaine inherited the Texans' general manager job from Rick Smith, who vacated the position to spend more time with his cancer-stricken wife.

Gaine is the second general manager to receive a pink slip since the NFL draft, joining Mike Maccagnan, formerly of the New York Jets.

The Texans posted an 11-5 record in Gaine's lone season in charge, but they bowed out during the opening round of the playoffs, losing to the Indianapolis Colts. Houston has been quiet this offseason despite entering the league year with ample salary cap space.

Texans fire GM Brian Gaine
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