Hall of Famer Michael Irvin sounded off on the Deshaun Watson situation with the Houston Texans. The former wide receiver understood where Watson was coming from and validated that he had the right to be frustrated after the team blindsided him on their moves, via NFL GameDay.
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) January 9, 2021
The Texans earned the ire of their fans after former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien manufactured a lopsided trade that sent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals.
O’Brien was eventually sacked by the Texans after leading the team to a 0-4 start to the 2020 season. With no reliable weapons to throw to, Watson failed to carry the team on his back which led the Texans to fall from grace and garner a 4-12 record for their campaign.
Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair also previously told Watson that he will be involved in the team’s search for their new head coach and general manager. However, shortly after the season ended, the Texans were quick on their feet as they immediately hired Nick Caserio to fill in the vacant general manager position.
The 45-year-old Caserio was a longtime executive for the New England Patriots where he served various positions from 2001 to 2020. As it turned out, Watson was unaware of Caserio’s immediate hiring which contributed to his frustrations with McNair’s leadership in Houston.
Watson also reportedly wanted the team to interview Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for the head coaching position but no advances were made in the past few days. Meanwhile, other rebuilding teams in the New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, among others, have already conducted interviews with the sought-after candidate.
As of now, the Texans are standing pat on their adamance to trade a franchise quarterback like Deshaun Watson. However, Watson’s frustrations over Cal McNair’s negligence can potentially force the team to be left with no other choice but to trade away their disgruntled star heading to the 2021 NFL season.