Texans interview Mueller for GM vacancy

Updated: May 30, 2006, 8:20 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Rick Mueller, the New Orleans Saints director of player personnel, interviewed with the Houston Texans on Tuesday for their general manager opening.

Mueller is the third candidate to interview for the job vacated by Charley Casserly, who resigned to pursue a job with the NFL. Mueller follows Denver Broncos assistant general manager Rick Smith and Green Bay Packers director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie.

"I didn't really have a message," Mueller said. "I don't think they're really looking for a message. I think they're looking more for a fit, looking for somebody they're comfortable with."

Mueller has been with the Saints for five seasons and has overseen their last five drafts and their last five free-agent classes. Before joining the Saints, Mueller spent six years in Jacksonville, where he served as the Jaguars' college scouting director in 1998-99 and was in charge of their 1999 draft.

Mueller thinks he has enough experience for the Texans' job.

"I would hope so, and I think that's why they brought me in is there's something there that they'd like to explore," he said. "They certainly have a process in place that they want to go through, they're getting through it, and hopefully I fit in there."

Mueller and the Saints picked second behind the Texans in last month's draft and chose Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush after Houston surprised many by taking defensive end Mario Williams.

The Texans, Mueller said, made the Saints' draft easier.

"It wasn't a difficult decision for us," he said. "Really, it was a good year to be in the top five I think. There were a lot of players up there that in any given year could have probably been the number one overall pick.

"We felt Reggie was the best guy for our organization and the best guy for our team and that is the direction we went."

Mueller is the younger brother of Miami Dolphins GM Randy Mueller, whom the Saints fired in 2002.

Mueller got advice from his older sibling before Tuesday's interview.

"He has always been a mentor to me," Rick Mueller said. "We both started at a young age, we probably both started in the National Football League in some capacity -- be it a ball boy or a scouting assistant -- at 17 or 18 years old.

"Basically his advice was to be myself and obviously I think that is what I'll do and what I have done."


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