All things considered, the Houston Texans should be doing anything and everything to make Deshaun Watson happy. And after missing the boat with a GM search that didn’t involve Watson, the Texans should be falling over themselves to hire a head coach who makes their franchise quarterback happy.
But is this it?
The #Texans are exploring the idea of Josh McCown as head coach but would surround him with at least one former head coach on the staff. Again, not as crazy as it might seem to go from player to head coach. And if anybody can do it, McCown can.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 22, 2021
NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo tweets that Josh McCown is a head-coaching candidate. The Texans have since confirmed McCown’s candidacy with a tweet of their own. To which I say: WHOA.
Bears fans might be familiar with McCown because of his brief stint with Chicago from 2011-13. His 2013 heater (109.0 passer rating, 13 TD, 1 INT in 8 games) still stands an all-time great stretch of modern QB play in Chicago. That’s so sad in its own way, but that’s not why we’re here. We’re here because the Texans’ head-coaching search for someone who can steady the ship has brought them to a player who was signed off the Eagles’ practice squad in November. A player who played in a playoff game in January 2020. And someone with no professional coaching experience.
With all the highly qualified coaches out on the market, needing to ask McCown’s interest in the position says everything we need to know about how the job is perceived around the league. Moreover, it probably tells us something about the general direction fo the franchise. Or it possibly tells us what Watson wants because of some sort of bond he made with McCown between early November and season’s end. Nevertheless, we’ve got eyes on this because who doesn’t love the drama?