The Bills added more brainpower to their front office Tuesday by bringing Brian Gaine back to the organization.
Gaine joins the team as a senior personnel adviser. He was ousted as general manager of the Houston Texas after only one season on June 7.
It’s a move that comes as no great surprise. Just six days after Brandon Beane was hired as Bills general manager in May 2017, he hired Gaine as vice president of player personnel. Gaine had interviewed that spring for the general manager job that went to Beane. Gaine came to the Bills as an up-and-coming front-office prospect. He had interviewed for GM jobs with at least four other teams in addition to the Bills. He originally came to Buffalo after serving as the Texans' director of player personnel.
Just eight months later, the Texans hired Gaine back with a promotion, to the general manager post.
But Gaine’s tenure as the Texans’ top personnel man lasted only 17 months. According to numerous media reports, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was not getting along well enough with Gaine, and Houston ownership decided to give more power to the coach. It was reported earlier this month that Houston will not be hiring a general manager for the 2019 season, instead divvying up the responsibilities of the job among several people.
Houston will continue to pay Gaine. He was under contract with the team through the 2022 season.
Gaine last month was the subject of a complaint filed by a former Texans security coordinator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that the former general manager targeted African-American employees for termination through his tenure. Jeff Pope was told the team would be dismissing him on May 8 because he didn't have a background in law enforcement, he wrote in the complaint. In the complaint, Pope reportedly names eight other black employees who were fired by Gaine after he took over.
The Houston Chronicle subsequently reported that Pope was fired for “job performance issues, including falsifying payroll and overtime records.” The Texans said Gaine’s firing was unrelated to the complaint.
Gaine joins a Bills front office that includes assistant general manager Joe Schoen, who also was hired just days after Beane got the Bills job, and Dan Morgan, the director of player personnel. Morgan was hired to fill Gaine's spot last year.
Gaine learned the personnel business under Hall of Famer Bill Parcells, who hired him to work for the New York Jets in 1999. Gaine subsequently stayed with Parcells through 2010, in stints with the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.