Patriots refuse Texans' interview requests for Nick Caserio, Monti Ossenfort

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With current general manager Rick Smith on extended leave as his wife fights breast cancer, the Texans are searching for a new GM this offseason. As part of that search, they requested to interview top Patriots executives Nick Caserio and Monti Ossenfort--and, per Adam Schefter, were promptly rejected.

Caserio, the team's director of player personnel, and Ossenfort, the director of college scouting, will undoubtedly have plenty of offers elsewhere once the Patriots' season concludes. In fact, they could just be the latest wave of a staff exodus in New England, along with coordinators Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels and possibly linebackers coach Brian Flores. The early interview rejection doesn't mean the Texans are off the table--Caserio and Ossenfort might still be able to interview once the Patriots' season concludes--but it does indicate that their focus is completely in New England ahead of the team's divisional round matchup with the Titans.

According to Schefter, "Buffalo Bills vice president of player personnel Brian Gaine is now considered the favorite" for the Houston gig. We'll have to wait and see if the Texans are interested enough in Caserio or Ossenfort to wait out the playoffs, or if they'll make a move to hire Gaine and fill the vacancy as quickly as possible.

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