Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans appear to be headed toward a divorce. However, as of right now, the star quarterback is still with Houston and currently has a new head coach, as the Texans recently hired David Culley. To the surprise of many, though, Culley could already be on his way out the door. This is despite just getting hired about two weeks ago.
Deshaun Watson wants to leave the Houston Texans
When people discuss some of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL today, they typically bring up Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, — and Deshaun Watson. Throughout his career with the Texans so far, Watson has become one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the league.
He has ultimately earned three consecutive Pro Bowl selections since 2018, and in 2018 and 2019, Watson helped lead the Texans to the playoffs. Then, in 2020, Watson had the best season of his career. He led the NFL in passing yards with 4,823 to go with a career-best 33 touchdown passes and only seven interceptions. Watson also completed 70.2% of his passes and ran for 444 yards in 2020.
However, the Texans were horrible as a team this past season. After trading away one of the best wide receivers in the NFL in DeAndre Hopkins, Houston went 4-12 and missed the playoffs. They also fired Bill O’Brien, who had been the team’s head coach and general manager, during the season, which put the team on the hunt to fill both positions this offseason.
They did just that, too, as they hired Nick Caserio as their new GM. This hire did not make Watson too happy, though. According to ESPN, the Texans reportedly didn’t consider Watson’s input for who to hire and didn’t consult with any of his endorsed candidates. Watson also reportedly found out about Caserio’s hiring on social media.
All of this seems to have played a role in Watson ultimately requesting a trade.
David Culley is the Texans’ new head coach
The Texans hired David Culley as the team’s new head coach in January.
Culley first started his coaching career at the collegiate level. According to his Texans bio, he held positions at multiple schools over a 16-year period that included a stop at Texas A&M as the program’s wide receivers coach.
Culley then spent three seasons as the Steelers’ wide receivers coach from 1996 through 1998. He then spent 14 seasons with the Eagles from 1999 through 2012 as the wide receivers coach and the senior offensive assistant/wide receivers coach. Since then, Culley has been the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach for the Chiefs, the quarterbacks coach for the Bills, and the assistant head coach/pass coordinator/wide receivers coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
However, despite only being on the job with the Texans for less than two weeks, Culley has already had to deal with a fair share of challenges. According to NFL.com, as of Feb. 7, Deshaun Watson has yet to talk with Culley or Texans GM Nick Caserio. Additionally, some other reports have hinted that Culley could already be on his way out the door.
Josh McCown is reportedly the Texans’ coach-in-waiting
While David Culley is the Texans’ head coach, multiple reports suggest that Josh McCown could be the coach-in-waiting.
McCown has been a quarterback in the NFL since 2002, and the Texans signed him in 2020. He has essentially been a career-long backup, only starting 76 total games in his career. According to ProFootballTalk, the Texans reportedly interviewed McCown for the head-coach position this offseason. They ultimately went with Culley, but McCown is expected to be a part of Culley’s staff.
That’s not all, though. Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reported on Jan. 28 that “McCown is expected to become the quarterbacks coach on Culley’s staff. Eventually, McCown could become the offensive coordinator. The thinking is that, in time, he’ll become the head coach.” He also said that sources believe that the Texans will keep Culley in his position for a couple of years, but the 65-year-old will then retire, and McCown will become the head coach.
Florio isn’t the only one to report this, though, as John Granato of ESPN 97.5 in Houston recently reported, “This is a real thing. Josh McCown will be your head coach within three years. He’s the coach in waiting,” according to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein.
So, while the Texans’ star quarterback, Deshaun Watson, appears to be on his way out of Houston, his new head coach may be following right behind him in a year or two.
The Texans are an interesting organization, to say the least.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference