HOUSTON – The off-season is here for the Houston Texans after a dismal 2020 season ended with a 41:38 loss to the Titans on Sunday.
The franchise’s attention is focused on finding the new leaders of their organization in a general manager and head coach.
The team has already interviewed in-house candidate Matt Bazirgan, ESPN’s Louis Riddick, and Malik Boyd of the Bills.
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Now Texans are turning to two successful franchises for their next interviews.
Scott Cohen has a long history in the NFL on the scouting side. He currently works as Ravens’ director of football research, having previously been the team’s assistant coach and opposing analyst.
Previously, he was Director of Pro Scouting for the Buccaneers (2013-2015), Deputy Director General for the Jets (2008-2013), Director of Pro Scouting for the Eagles (2001-2008) and Deputy Director of Pro Scouting for the Jets Jaguars ( 1999-2001).
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Cohen presents himself as an interesting candidate because of the long history and variety of jobs he has held in his nearly 30 years in the NFL.
Houston will also speak to a member of the Seahawks’ successful front office.
Trent Kirchner previously served as co-director of player staff before being promoted to vice president of player staff in 2020. He had previously interviewed for the Colts general manager job and was shortlisted for the 49ers and Panthers the last time those two teams opened.
Kirchner was originally a public relations and scouting intern hired by the current General Manager of Seahawks, John Schnieder. After a brief stay in Washington, he was a pro-scout in Carolina before following Schnieder to Seattle. He has spent time in the Pro Personnel and Player Personnel departments.
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In an interview with the Seahawks’ internal media, Kirchner said the Seahawks like “smart, tough, and dependable people,” which sounds a lot like the smart, tough, and dependable mantra that Bill O’Brien and his staff promoted.
The situation at Seahawks is complicated as the Detroit Lions may be pushing for the current Seahawks general manager, John Schnieder.
Both situations are currently interview requests only, but both are unlikely to be rejected as moving to the position of general manager would be a promotion for both.