HOUSTON -- Houston Texans general manager Charley Casserly
resigned Wednesday, ending months of speculation that intensified
in recent weeks after the team used the No. 1 pick to draft
defensive end Mario Williams.
Casserly had been with the Texans since the expansion franchise
joined the league six years ago. The Texans played their first
season in 2002.
"I've been in this league 29 years," Casserly said. "I spent
a lot of time talking about this with my family. We came to the
same conclusion -- the time was right to move on."
Casserly met with Texans owner Bob McNair on Wednesday morning,
telling McNair he wanted to pursue a job in the NFL office in New
York. He also met with the Texans' coaching staff and contacted
Casserly will officially step down on June 1.
"I have an interest in doing other things right now," Casserly
McNair said Casserly was not fired. He said he had no
replacement candidates in mind.
"I have talked to no one. I have no list," McNair said.
The Texans went 2-14 in 2005, prompting the firing of Dom
Capers, the franchise's first coach. Gary Kubiak was hired and was
disappointed to see Casserly go.
"I have grown very fond of him," Kubiak said. "We had a lot
of work to do to try to get this thing headed in the right
direction. We've had a good four months together. I wish it would
be longer, but I understand the business."
Casserly, 57, joined the Texans in 2000, after 23 years with the
Washington Redskins. He started with the Redskins as an unpaid
intern under Hall of Fame coach George Allen and was hired as a
scout the next season.
The Redskins elevated Casserly to assistant general manager in
1982, the year the franchise won its first Super Bowl. Casserly
became Washington's GM in 1989.
Casserly's first big move came in 2002, when the Texans drafted
David Carr. He also participated in the search that landed Kubiak.
Casserly said he wanted to stay with the team through the NFL
draft, but he and the Texans drew plenty of criticism when they
selected Williams -- and not Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush or
University of Texas star Vince Young.
Casserly defended the decision on Wednesday, promising the
Texans would quickly improve.
"Our record is what our record is," Casserly said. "But I
think this ballclub will make a dramatic jump this year in caliber
of play. Eventually, the wins will come. With the offseason we had,
I feel really good about it."
Kubiak said the Texans now face a pivotal decision in finding
"This is a huge hire for our organization," he said. "There's
a lot of good things going on. The key thing is we have to do our
homework and make sure they keep heading in that direction.
"This person has to be a great fit for what's happening right
now with the Houston Texans."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.