Houston Texans starting quarterback and face of the franchise, Deshaun Watson is believed to be “extremely unhappy” at the franchise, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
In a Tweet yesterday Rapoport claimed that Watson was furious after being left out of the decision-making process that saw Nick Caserio appointed as the new General Manager at the Texans, after being informed by owner Cal McNair that he would have played a role in the selection process.
#Texans QB Deshaun Watson is extremely unhappy with the organization after owner Cal McNair informed him he would be involved in the GM and coach hiring process and provide feedback… but then did neither in the hire of GM Nick Caserio, sources say.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2021
Miserable Season for the Texans
The news adds further fuel to the fire burning in Houston over the entire 2020 season. This began with Bill O’Brien’s hugely questionable trade of stud wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for the frequently hurt running back David Johnson and a second round draft pick.
That decision was then followed by a 0-4 start, after which O’Brien’s time as GM and Head Coach was brought to an end by Cal McNair. His assistant Romeo Crennel, stepped in for the rest of the season and led the Texans to a 4-12 record on the year.
Then after a defeat on the penultimate week of the season to the Cincinnati Bengals, another Texans legend in defensive end J.J.Watt publicly criticised the performances and questioned the work ethic and motivation of some of his team mates over the course of the season.
The Texans duly rallied somewhat against the Titans the following week in their final outing of the season, but Watson could not lead them to victory as a last gasp field goal won the game 41-38 for the Titans, which saw Tennessee clinch the AFC South ahead of the Indianapolis Colts.
Flood of Watson Memes on Twitter
News of Watson’s unhappiness at the situation in Watson has led to a deluge of Tweets from fans of other teams, all photoshopping Watson into their supported team’s uniforms in the hope that their franchise may make a move for the grumbling quarterback.
Fans of teams including the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Washington Football Team, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, New York Giants and perhaps most optimistically, the New York Jets re just some of the fans clamouring for their team to make a move for the quarterback.
make it a reality pic.twitter.com/DXItFo62uo
— 𝘾𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙣 🗽 (@LafsLeague) January 8, 2021
New Head Coach in Houston Will Have Big Say
For all the fans bluster, it is likely the new Texans head coach that GM Caserio appoints will likely have the final say on where Watson’s future lies. That won’t be Josh McDaniels, according to reports, with the Texans denying their strong links with former Patriots staff would see McDaniels make the trip south.
If owner Cal McNair wants to smooth things over with Watson, then a move for Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy could be the smart play. Especially with NBC reporting that that Watson had advocated for Bieniemy to be the coach to get the best out of him and the rest of the struggling Texans franchise.
However, he could face stern competition for the Chiefs OC as he has been linked with a number of vacant positions in the NFL in the past week or so, including those at the Jets, Chargers and Jaguars.
Where Will Watson Play Next Season?
Given his performances in a frankly awful Texans team this season, Watson has proved he is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He may be unhappy at not being involved in the appointment of the GM and it remains to be seen whether that affects his future in Houston.
Cal McNair now has a big job on his hands, not just in turning the Texans franchise around for next season, but also in appointing the right head coach to help persuade Watson to stay. If he doesn’t do that Watson may well feel his future lies elsewhere.
And if he does, as many fans have already Tweeted, there are going to be no shortage of teams interested in trading for him.