Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is a frequent contributor to Houston Sports and Stuff.
By LAMONT MANN
I am a Houston Texan fan and I appreciate Bob McNair for bringing professional football back to Houston. Over the last 14 or 15 years, I have racked my brain trying to figure out the Texans’ problem. I always returned to leadership.
Texans’ management is so convoluted, it’s hard to pinpoint who is really to blame. Outside of McNair, we do not know who is in charge or how the “chain of command” flows and it seems it’s organized confusion by design.
The only thing I am left with is McNair. I have personally witnessed at least three bad moves that can be pointed to McNair — and zero positive moves.
- Extending David Carr
- Signing Ed Reed
- Brock Osweiler
Some will say Jadeveon Clowney, but that’s debatable. Clowney is a decent player but not overall draft pick No. 1 decent. Basically, all moves linked to McNair have been horrible and I think it’s time for him to move on. In addition, he is too loyal and holds on to personnel for way too long. McNair is the one constant in all of Texan fan’s frustration.
In comes University of Houston’s Board of Regents Chair and local billionaire businessman, Tilman Fertitta. Fertitta is a huge UH booster whose profile has risen over the last few years with his UH enthusiasm. He wants to win and he’s local (Galveston). Fertitta’s key role in UH’s hiring process has been fun for UH fans. He refuses to allow UH to become a doormat.
I believe the Houston Texans would be better off with Fertitta as the owner rather than McNair. If you think about it, it would be the inverse of former Astros owner Drayton McLane in owning a professional team, but he was more interested in Baylor near the end.
I do not like telling another man how to spend or invest his money but it would be nice if Fertitta was interested in owning the Texans.