Cal McNair: I reached out to Deshaun Watson, haven’t heard back yet

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Texans owner Cal 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.

There’s a widespread perception that Watson is unhappy in Houston, both because he had a tremendous year but the team around him still went 4-12, and because Watson advocated for the Texans to hire Eric Bieniemy as head coach and the Texans didn’t even interview Bieniemy.

In Watson, the Texans have one of the best players in the NFL, one of the few players that a franchise can be built around. But at the moment, Watson is keeping his distance.

53 responses to “Cal McNair: I reached out to Deshaun Watson, haven’t heard back yet

  1. I don’t like these kind of statements from team owners. Making it public that you reached out to a player and haven’t heard back just makes the player look bad and the owner look weak. The season is over. Watson finished his job for the year and needs a break. If you want to reach out in private, fine. I’d rather see McNair just say we hope our new coach and GM perform their jobs as well as our QB performs his.

  2. I can imagine he already talks with Brady and Brees if one of them wants to retire after the season. Imagine him playing for the Saints for example.

  3. You can easily identify clueless and classless organizations by watching them lobby for public support through the media. I guess if you inherit everything you don’t have any real world life skills or common sense about anything. The public sees right through these pathetic people and tactics. Expect this team to suck for a long time.

  4. No dog in the fight, but why did Houston promise him input and why does he expect to be an acting GM. This is messed up from the get. Only Houston.

  5. Houston is a mess. If there are 7 teams in need of a coach and you are the only one who doesn’t even feel the need to give him a look, despite your star QB’s wishes, something is just not right

  6. Deshaun Watson signed a 4 year, $156,000,000 contract with the Houston Texans, including a $27,000,000 signing bonus, $110,717,123 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $39,000,000……Quit complaining !!!!

  7. Last I recall, Watson is a QB… He is not the owner, he is not the GM, he is not a personnel consultant, he is the QB. This is the NFL, not the NBA. He needs to shut his mouth and concentrate on playing QB for which he is VERY well compensated for. If he doesn’t like his current boss, it is very simple: quit or retire and move on.
    These entitled athletes today just don’t get it. Privileged since day one, they need reality check. I loathe the Pats like most people not from New England but can’t deny the respect for the way they run their organization. They wouldn’t put up with this nonsense for an instant. Tow the line or go home. We need more of that in today’s NFL.

  8. But its okay for Deshaun to tweet out stuff like “somethings never change”? Look there’s no excuse for him not returning his employers phone calls especially when they’re playing him a ton of money. Watson is throwing a temper tantrum pure & simple & he needs to grow up. McNair should’ve made that promise to him. But Deshaun needs to get over it & stop being a diva. He doesn’t seem too unhappy about collecting his large paychecks. Stop being a hypocrite, grow up & get over it Deshaun.

  9. This sounds very similar to the situation when McDaniels was hired in Denver. Within a day or two Jay Cutler requested a trade. It was a mess from the beginning and that’s exactly what this looks like. I would not be surprised in the least to see Watson traded. Would love to see him in Denver although I think I have a better shot at winning the lottery.

  10. Nick Caserio comes from New England but so does Brian Flores; The so called Bill Belichick tree. In the NFL with a vacancy for both the Head Coach and General Manager the GM is first hired. If Watson who is a terrific quarterback wants Eric Bieniemy hired he should communicate with Nick Caserio. Those hiring Head football coaches in the NFL need to get clarified the role that Eric Bieniemy has with the Kansas City Chiefs because many owners and General Managers may feel that Andy Reid is the play caller and architect of the offense and not Eric Bieniemy. Eric’s role in Kansas City needs to be better defined. The Dolphins hired Joe Philbin as their head coach when Mike McCarthy was calling the plays in Green Bay. The Philbin hire did not work out in Miami for what ever reason. This situation does leave a coach who is not the architect of play calling or calling the plays being suspect regarding a head coaching position!

  11. These diva players have to go. Stop empowering them, if he has a bad attitude trade him and move on. Players should not have a say in administration. He wants bienemy now but what about when they have a falling out with another 4-12 season? Then you fire the coach again because a player says so? What power does a coach have then and why would any player listen to them? Your breeding a losing culture fir years to come, players will side with the quarterback if he has that power and they will band together to remove a coach who is doing his job and pushing them to be great.

  12. He’s on holiday.
    I turn my phone off when I’m away too, there’s no reason the owner needs to contact him at this time, the season’s over.

  13. The Texans are a mess. It’s going to take a few years to rebuild them given all the draft picks they gave away and their cap situation. JJ Watt is old, and they don’t have many good young players.

  14. Watson is on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, probably shacked up with a babe and a strong drink. I wouldn’t want that bliss to be interrupted by having to talk to blithering moron like Cal McNair either. Watson’s just a few days into the offseason after probably the most stressful season of his career, he has earned a bit of R&R. Watson will play and do a great job, Cal is the one scrambling to save face here.

  15. This statement shows the exact problem with the Texans right now. First off, McNair could have just introduced Caserio and then exited the room, thus avoiding any questions. Secondly, he could have just said something diplomatic even if it was a bit of an embellishment of fact (it’s a press conference, not a courtroom). Instead, he decided to paint Watson in a bad light and turn the screws a little further. Let’s see how that works out for you, Cal.

  16. These entitled athletes today just don’t get it. Privileged since day one, they need reality check. I loathe the Pats like most people not from New England but can’t deny the respect for the way they run their organization. They wouldn’t put up with this nonsense for an instant. Tow the line or go home. We need more of that in today’s NFL
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    The Pats took a hard stance with Brady……. How’d that work out? Brady will be playing in the playoffs today, the Pats are finishing up the first of many years of mediocrity.

  17. I like the guys critical of McNair doing this in public right after Watson did the exact same thing. Exactly what he did. So make up you mind, is it classless to do this in public or not and you can’t say it is ok for one to do it and not the other. Last year they we winning by 20+ in the 2nd round of the playoffs, now they are trash. This year they lost 9 games by 1 score and the games they didn’t were all lost to teams that made the playoffs. So are they really the trash that everyone makes them out to be. Everyone is so high on Bieniemy but you know what everyone was high on Matt Nagy too. Now everyone (especially the media) is trying to run him out of town even thought he has only gone 12-4 8-8 and 8-8 in his 1st 3 seasons. So I guess watch out for what you wish for.

  18. The Texans are poorly run. No doubt about that. Who knows when they will recover from the bad trades and front office decisions…….BUT what the heck has Watson accomplished so far? He wants to essentially pick the GM and head coach? Because that won’t cause even more dysfunction than there already is…..Trade Watson. Trade Watt. Start over and do it right this time.

  19. Cal McNair is the problem with this organization.
    His father died in November 18.

    In the two years since Cal took over, he has signed off on:

    Fired their GM in a botched attempt to hire Caserio.
    Gave an average coach the GM position.
    Who then traded Clowney and paid half his salary.
    Crazy trade for Tunsil without a contract extension in place.
    Over paid Tunsil to sign him.
    Traded away Hopkins for a backup running back with a huge contract.
    Fired the average coach that was the architect of all the above.
    And may or may not be leaning on a Team Chaplain for directions on how to run an NFL franchise.

    It all makes sense now….

  20. 6 2 Rate This
    waytohigh says:
    January 9, 2021 at 9:15 am
    Cal McNair is the problem with this organization.
    His father died in November 18.

    In the two years since Cal took over, he has signed off on:

    Fired their GM in a botched attempt to hire Caserio.
    Gave an average coach the GM position.
    Who then traded Clowney and paid half his salary.
    Crazy trade for Tunsil without a contract extension in place.
    Over paid Tunsil to sign him.
    Traded away Hopkins for a backup running back with a huge contract.
    Fired the average coach that was the architect of all the above.
    And may or may not be leaning on a Team Chaplain for directions on how to run an NFL franchise.

    It all makes sense now…

    —–

    This comment is why Deshaun must be pissed off. This is not an isolated incident with this organization and Deshaun. He is a competitor, he wants to win and he has been working his tail off. The reason he wants out is that he knows this will never change and he will be wasting his prime working for an organization that is a total dysfunctional mess.

    For all of you commenting on how he needs to shut up, put yourself in his shoes. If you are the best employee in your company and the leadership is a mess, how frustrated would you be, especially when you may have better options lined up.

  21. Clearly, Watson has no final say or even any significant input into who is the coach, GM or any assistant coach on the team. For the owner to have indicated or that he would play any significant role was a mistake, or misinterpretation by Watson. Watson must know the reality or he would be in contact with the owner during this period of time. This is when coaches/GMs are interviewed, vetted and hired. It’s in all the papers.

  22. Watson expects to have control over choosing his boss’s boss, publicly badmouths the organization, then won’t return the owners calls. All after signing one of the biggest contracts in league history.

    Professionalism isn’t about who your boss is, it’s about who you are. Watson’s showing who he is.

  23. 6 2 Rate This
    waytohigh says:
    January 9, 2021 at 9:15 am
    Cal McNair is the problem with this organization.
    His father died in November 18.

    In the two years since Cal took over, he has signed off on:

    Fired their GM in a botched attempt to hire Caserio.
    Gave an average coach the GM position.
    Who then traded Clowney and paid half his salary.
    Crazy trade for Tunsil without a contract extension in place.
    Over paid Tunsil to sign him.
    Traded away Hopkins for a backup running back with a huge contract.
    Fired the average coach that was the architect of all the above.
    And may or may not be leaning on a Team Chaplain for directions on how to run an NFL franchise.

    It all makes sense now…

    —–

    This comment is why Deshaun must be pissed off. This is not an isolated incident with this organization and Deshaun. He is a competitor, he wants to win and he has been working his tail off. The reason he wants out is that he knows this will never change and he will be wasting his prime working for an organization that is a total dysfunctional mess.

    For all of you commenting on how he needs to shut up, put yourself in his shoes. If you are the best employee in your company and the leadership is a mess, how frustrated would you be, especially when you may have better options lined up.


    He probably shouldn’t have signed an extension last sept if that’s how he felt. He only has himself to blame. The team shouldn’t take a cap hit (although they probably will because of poor management/ownership) to trade him right after signing a long term deal.

  24. Watson is a great guy and I’d hate to see his reputation take a hit. I can see this conundrum from both sides. I see how as an owner, you have a All Pro and don’t want to lose that. However, what good is an All Pro who has lost (or will eventually) lose the support of the locker room as a result of wanting out? I’m not blaming either side here but it looks like Watson holds all the cards here.

  25. Keeping sports and politics separate can be hard sometimes, even for NFL owners. The McNair’s have been some of the biggest financial backers to politicians, and they may or may not be the same politicians Watson likes. It could be that Watson looks at playing for this family as selling his soul to the devil, and just wants to take his game somewhere else. These pro athletes aren’t all just robots. They have minds of their own, but only a small fraction really have the power to make certain demands. Watson is among that small fraction.

  26. It is common curtesy for an employee to pick up or return the call of their employer. Watson is acting immature. Grow up. They just agreed to pay you over 150 million dollars.

  27. The owner just paid him 40 million per year for four years and Watson won’t even take his calls? That comes out to 110K per day. Somebody give that guy my # I’ll talk to him.

  28. I guess Watson doesn’t know how well the previous OC from Kansas City is doing as a head coach in Chicago. Their offense has been the weak link since he arrived.

    If his desire is to play for a minority coach, I would take Salah over Bieniemy any day. He comes across as a much stronger leader.

  29. very classless and unprofessional player!… their is 0 honor and integrity in a player that pouts and has temper tantrums… playing in the NFL is a privilege not a right and him being ungrateful is a slap in the face to those who missed out… Many players would love to take his place!

  30. Hey Deshaun, it hasn’t hit rock bottom yet. Wait until Nick Caserio interviews Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia for the HC job.

  31. The McNairs, both father and son, have been incompetent owners. In this instance, Cal McNair made the foolish agreement to allow Watson to consult on the hiring of the GM and HC. Clearly Watson was not involved at all with the hiring of Caserio. That means McNair lied to him. A lot of people here are taking McNair’s side and calling Watson a spoiled athlete. Whether or not Watson should be involved in these decisions is immaterial–McNair told him he would be. McNair LIED to Watson. If your boss, or anyone else, flat out lies to you, you have every right to be angry, and every justification to try to land another gig somewhere else no matter how much you are being paid.

  32. Isn’t the idea to reach out before you make the hire. Doesn’t mean Watson has final approval, but you want your franchise QB to feel heard and involved.

  33. I’m struggling with why this guy thinks he should have input on the GM. What player thinks his value moves beyond the field or locker room? It’s not like Watson is Payton Manning or Tom Brady. Hell, he’s not even Russell Wilson.
    Coddling these kids only makes things worse. They already have an inflated sense of self.

  34. Too funny. McNair reportedly told Watson that he would have input in to the hirings of the GM and Head Coach.

    While I don’t agree that a QB should have much, if any, input on hiring them, if McNair agreed then he should honor the agreement. Talking about Caserio AFTER he is already hired, seems like a slap in the face.

    The Texans seem to screw up a lot. THis is NOT a good way to start out with new leaders.

  35. “I don’t like these kind of statements from team owners. Making it public that you reached out to a player and haven’t heard back just makes the player look bad and the owner look weak.”

    He learned this move from the Spanos family no doubt.

  36. I am waiting for the phone call from the company I work for, asking me for imput on the next CEO we will be hiring…

  37. Good for McNair. Watson is an employee, not an executive. McNair listened to Watson’s GM and coaching choices during a meeting. “Having Input” doesn’t mean Watson has a major hand in making the decision. It’s something you say to make someone feel important. Watson could get injured and turn into a bad contract, which is why smart owners/front offices should never listen to players about personnel.

  38. he had a tremendous year but the team around him still went 4-12,

    ————

    Yep, poor DeShaun. It was everyone else that went 4-12. It had nothing to do with his mediocre play and average skillset
    Fact is as the QB goes so does the team. Watson isn’t very good, definitely NOT a guy you build around and most certainly not a guy to dictate who the GM or HC will be.

  39. It could be that Watson looks at playing for this family as selling his soul to the devil, and just wants to take his game somewhere else. These pro athletes aren’t all just robots. They have minds of their own, but only a small fraction really have the power to make certain demands. Watson is among that small fraction.
    ——————-
    And yet he just signed a contract extension…..why would he do this?

  40. Franchise quarterbacks are rare. Teams that are lucky enough to get one need to provide stability in the coaching arena. Texas can’t seem to do taht.

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