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HOUSTON ? (AP) ? 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.


"The time was right to move on,'' Casserly said.


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 Houston's scouts.


"I have an interest in doing other things right now,'' Casserly said.


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.


Casserly 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 Gary Kubiak as coach. Dom Capers was fired after the Texans went 2-14 last season.


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.''

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I would too out of pure shame, if I passed on the best potential talent in the NFL since Barry Sanders.




Maybe he didn't want Williams in the first place. If the coach and owner want one guy (Williams) and the GM wants another guy (Bush), who do you think wins? The guy who pays the bills at the end of the day.

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