Houston Texans 2014: The Purge on Kirby Continues
Red Wedding, final seen of The Godfather, last episode of Season 1 of The Sopranos....quite frankly, for the Houston Texans, I'm running out of television and movie analogies where multiple people get whacked.
The carnage on Kirby continues.
So here goes...
(SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen and eventually desire to see The Departed, which is like a decade old, so to quote Jack Nicholson from, yes, The Departed!, "If you coulda, you woulda....")
Remember the last 30 minutes or so of The Departed, where pretty much everyone, good and evil, who was involved in the whole sting on that Boston mob family is getting killed -- cops, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), Billy (Leonardo DiCaprio). They have the parade through the Boston streets for the deceased Billy, and you think the movie is finally over, and that the winner in the end game is crooked cop Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon).
And then, just when you think it's safe for the credits to roll....POW!
Sullivan is shot in the head by ousted, disgruntled, former rival cop Dignam (played by Mark Wahlberg), justice is served and the movie ends. Just a totally out-of-nowhere whacking added on for good measure, another gallon of blood emptied into the vat of blood left behind the other bodies.
Which brings us to the Friday night purge in the Houston Texans' scouting department. As first tweeted by ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli:
The #Texans fired director of pro personnel Brian Gardner and Pro Scout Kevin Murphy today.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 18, 2014
So after a regular season that saw Matt Schaub benched, Ed Reed cut and Gary Kubiak fired, followed by a postseason that saw Wade Phillips, Rick Dennison and most of the assistant coaches get blown out, I think most people thought that this would be the crew that Bob McNair would roll with, in positions both public (head coach and general manager) and private (all the behind-the-scenes football operations folks).
And then comes this.