NFL fans love to see the league’s greatest quarterbacks play in situations where they get to compete for Super Bowls. Deshaun Watson is one of those quarterbacks. However, instead of competing for Super Bowls, Watson is playing for a team that is competing for draft picks they don’t even have in the Houston Texans. The Texans went from being a playoff team to one of the worst teams within one season. Watson appears to be tired of it, too. In fact, he recently posted a tweet that was potentially a shot at the organization.
Deshaun Watson was great in 2020 while the Houston Texans were awful
The Houston Texans selected Deshaun Watson with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He has quickly become one of the league’s top quarterbacks, too. Watson led them to two consecutive playoff appearances in 2018 and 2019, and he ultimately earned two consecutive Pro Bowl selections in those seasons.
Watson threw for 4,165 yards, 26 touchdowns, and only nine interceptions in 2018. He also ran for 551 yards and five touchdowns. Then, during the 2019 season, Watson threw for 3,852 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, while running for 413 yards and seven touchdowns.
However, he had the best season of his career in 2020. Watson led the NFL in passing yards with 4,823 to go with 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He also ran for 444 yards and three touchdowns. Houston, on the other hand, who traded DeAndre Hopkins away in the offseason, only went 4-12, though. They lost several close games in heartbreaking fashion, too, as Watson’s teammates consistently failed to rise to his level of play.
The Houston Texans hired a new general manager
In October, the Texans fired Bill O’Brien, who had been their head coach and general manager. They have now found a new GM, though, as they are reportedly hiring former New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, according to ESPN.
Caserio has been with the Patriots at that position since 2008. This was actually the second time the Texans asked to speak to him, too. After they fired former general manager Brian Gaine in 2019, they requested to interview him. The Patriots, though, ultimately filed tampering charges, which ended Houston’s pursuit.
The hire also follows a trend that the Texans have been following for years. That trend is hiring people who have worked for the Patriots. The team’s executive vice president of football operations, Jack Easterby, spent six seasons with the Patriots. O’Brien also spent five seasons with the Pats as an offensive coach, and Romeo Crennel, who was the interim coach for Houston this year, was the defensive coordinator for the Patriots from 2001 through 2004, per ESPN.
While the Texans have finally gotten their guy, it appears that Deshaun Watson might not be too happy about the hire.
Deshaun Watson potentially took a shot at the Texans on Twitter
Hours after the reports of Caserio’s hiring surfaced, Watson had a very cryptic tweet. It seems to be a shot at the Texans, too.
“Some things never change,” Watson tweeted.
No, this isn’t a blatant shot at Houston, but the fact that the tweet came just hours after the news of Caserio’s hiring surfaced makes it pretty obvious that Watson was probably referring to the hire.
Also, Watson has been a celebrity ever since playing for Clemson in college. He knows that if he posts something vague like that on social media the same day that his team makes a move, everyone will associate his post with that specific move. Because of that, it’s hard to imagine that this was just a coincidence.
The tweet also came out after a day Watson said this when discussing the state of the Texans.
“We just need a whole culture shift,” he said, according to ESPN. “We just need new energy. We just need discipline. We need structure. We need a leader so we can follow that leader as players. That’s what we need.”
It’s pretty clear that Watson — who is signed on with the Texans through 2025 — is not happy with how this past season went and how things are going in Houston in general.
He might be one of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL, but Watson can only do so much. The Houston Texans better start improving their team for him. If they don’t, they may see their franchise QB request to take his talents elsewhere.