Updated: Jan 16
The Houston Texans have a huge problem that they created for themselves. They have a franchise QB that no longer wants to be on their team. QB Deshaun Watson has be the talk of trade rumors as the NFL Regular Season concluded.
Why you ask, because the Texans found a way to disrespect one of the top QBs in the league. Coming off a career season in his 4th NFL season (he threw for 4,823 yards, 33 TDs, 7 INTs), but was in a losing effort. The Texans fired Bill O’Brien during the season after a 0-4 start, after he traded one of the best WRs in the league, DeAndre Hopkins for pennies on the dollar. The team sputtered and never had a shot to get into the Playoffs.
But the owners took it on themselves to ask their start QB his opinion on the next coach. Watson gave his opinions, which included hot candidate Eric Bieniemy, to management in hopes of bringing the right guy. Not only did management ignore the request (however as off writing this piece, the Texans are scheduled to meet with Bieniemy after all), they hired a GM that is basically a sequel of the previous group that didn’t work.
Why ask Watson for his opinion if you had no intention of including him in the process? You didn’t have to ask his opinion, yet you did and “you blew it” to quote Robert DeNiro. Watson now wants out, and there are suitors lining up at the door to get him. You traded his best friend, ignored his input, are coming off a terrible season and are about to let the hottest coaching candidate walk. This is troubling times in Houston, but not even close to the biggest issues in town.