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Deshaun Watson

Updated January 18, 2021 at 8:53 AM CT

Flames leap higher from Kirby Dr.

Watson wants out

  A league source connected to the Texans’ HC situation said Saturday: “It’s gone from the least desirable head coaching job (opening) to the most undesirable head coaching job in the NFL. That’s a fact. That’s how that job is now looked at by everybody.” 

If unhappy QB Deshaun Watson chooses to force a trade in the coming months, there should be no shortage of suitors. Outside a handful of teams -- Kansas City, Green Bay, Buffalo, Seattle, L.A. Chargers, etc. – every club should consider the possibility of acquiring Watson. With a no-trade clause in his contract, the QB could dictate his destination if he chooses. 

The New York Jets could be another logical trade partner, given they own the No. 2 overall pick, which would allow Houston to select a rookie QB to start over with or add Sam Darnold to the package.

Last month, Sports Illustrated looked at the sudden rise of head puppeteer Jack Easterby in Houston. Easterby was hired to evaluate the organization. He fired former general manager Brian Gaine, former head coach Bill O’Brien, and was widely believed to have fired VP of Communications Amy Palcic.

SI.com has a new article from Jenny Vrentas and Greg Bishop that makes it clear that quarterback Deshaun Watson “just wants out.“

Per SI.com, Watson found owner Cal McNair’s public remarks regarding the relationship with the quarterback to be “patronizing.” 

“I reached out to Deshaun about Nick’s hiring, and I look forward to him getting back to me when he gets back from his vacation,” owner Cal McNair said. That is about as patronizing as you can get.

The Texans had promised to give Watson input in the hiring of a new G.M. and a new coach. Then, the Texans hired Nick Caserio to be the G.M. without consulting Watson. Next, the Texans failed to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, despite Watson’s suggestion that Bieniemy be targeted.

The Texans have, in the aftermath of the uproar over Watson’s frustration with the team, sought permission to interview Bieniemy. However, because they didn’t interview him during the bye week, the Texans now must wait until the Kansas City playoff run ends before doing so. Which, if the Texans are serious about talking to Bieniemy, they now have to wait until after the Super Bowl before interviewing him and then filling the job.

Bieniemy has had several interviews with other teams so the Texans are late to the party.

And to show the dysfunction that Bieniemy would walk into if he joined the Texans, former star wide receiver DeAndre Johnson slammed the Texans as being a joke and encouraged Watson to fight. The comments raised eyebrows across the league. Strong words from a generally quiet and peaceful man.

Watson signed a four-year contract extension worth $160 million in September, with $111 million in guarantees. 

The Texans fired coach and general manager Bill O’Brien in October after more than six seasons with the organization and four AFC South division titles. Associate head coach Romeo Crennel took over as interim head coach. The 73-year-old Crennel has previously served as head coach in Cleveland and Kansas City.








Previously ============

Would the Texans trade Watson to the Dolphins for Tua?

    The rumors are flying about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson forcing a trade. Watson, who remains angry about the team’s hiring practices, is open to a trade to the Miami Dolphins that would send Tua Tagovailoa and additional draft-pick compensation back to Houston, per Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

The star has a no-trade clause in his recently signed $156-million extension, but we all know those can be negotiated out by the player.


From Twitter:

Reports about Deshaun Watson’s unhappiness with @HoustonTexans are accurate and sources close to the QB say he is still angry about team’s insensitivity to social justice, including hiring practices, after the franchise failed to interview Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy this past week.

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 10, 2021


The Dolphins have two first-round picks in the 2021 draft - No. 3 overall, which Houston traded to them as part of a deal for left tackle Laremy Tunsil, and their own No. 18 selection. Tagovailoa was the No. 5 overall pick in last year’s draft but produced an uneven rookie season after coming off a major hip injury.

Watson is reportedly unhappy he wasn’t involved in hiring new general manager Nick Caserio after team owner Cal McNair told the 25-year-old he would be a part of the decision. McNair says he wants to discuss the hiring of new General Manager Nick Caserio with quarterback Deshaun Watson, but so far they haven’t spoken.

McNair said in introducing Caserio that he hopes to talk to Watson soon.

“I reached out to Deshaun about Nick’s hiring, and I look forward to him getting back to me when he gets back from his vacation,” McNair said.

“In regards to 4 and 99, they’re valued members on our team,” McNair said while introducing new general manager Nick Caserio. “They’re important to the team and the city, they’re passionate, and they want to win. And those are all totally in alignment with where we’re going and what we’ve done here in bringing Nick aboard, so it’s perfect, we’re totally aligned.”

Watson learned of the move through social media, prompting Watson to tweet, “Some things never change.” His tweet was later deleted.

“We just need a whole culture shift,” Watson said after the team’s final regular-season game.

“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,” he added. “We’ve all got to be on the same page. There’s too many different minds, too many different ideas, and too many people thinking they have this power, and it’s not like that.”

The Texans owner apparently eschewed the advice of a hiring firm by picking Caserio over Pittsburgh Steelers executive Omar Khan.

Watson reportedly also pushed for Houston to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for its head coaching vacancy. However, the AFC South club was the only team with an opening to not request to meet with Bieniemy.

McNair confirmed reports that the team hasn’t spoken to Watson since deciding on Caserio as its new GM in a press conference Friday saying, “I look forward to hearing from Deshaun when he returns from vacation.”

Watson produced a career season amid Houston’s 4-12 campaign, throwing for an NFL-high 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

Watson led the NFL with 4,823 passing yards this season, and threw 33 TD’s despite Houston’s 4-12 record.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle stated ,”there’s no way Watson is traded.”



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