Andre Johnson: Deshaun Watson should stand his ground

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Texans owner Cal McNair asked retired wide receiver Andre Johnson to be one of the team’s advisors in its search for a new general manager. But McNair is not going to like Johnson’s advice for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Johnson wrote on Twitter that Watson, the disgruntled franchise quarterback who is reportedly unhappy with the hiring of new G.M. Nick Caserio, should not back down in what appears to be a potential standoff with the team.

“If I’m @DeshaunWatson I will stand my ground,” Johnson wrote. “The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers. Since Jack Easterby has walk into the building nothing good has happened in/for the organization and for some reason someone can’t seem to see what’s going on. Pathetic!!!”

Easterby has taken plenty of criticism for his role in the Texans’ front office, but Johnson’s criticism takes it to another level: Johnson is one of the greatest players in Texans franchise history, and currently the only player in the team’s Ring of Honor. He’s a player McNair has said he respects greatly. It would be hard for McNair to dismiss what Johnson has to say, and it’s hard not to think the relationship between Watson and his team is a long, long way from being repaired.

57 responses to “Andre Johnson: Deshaun Watson should stand his ground

  1. I don’t buy it – it doesn’t sound like Andre. It sounds like a fan tweet. He’s on the coach search committee and yet would say the team is “known for wasting careers”?

  2. They should just bench him and then suspend him for conduct detrimental to the team. See how he likes not getting paid.

  3. Andre knows the score in Houston. He’s right about Easterby, but it is ownership that is really to blame. Cal McNair is as clueless as his father was.

  4. I think he lost the ability to “stand his ground” when he decided to sign a contract to play football in the NFL. He’s a 4th year player on a 4-12 team, congrats on a good season but you’re not an owner. You know nothing about the back office side of the game, a game that pays you millions. Stay in your lane.

  5. Instead of mouthing off on Twitter, maybe Andre should share his concerns privately with McNair. That would be the adult, professional thing to do.

  6. Which ground is that? The ground where 5 minutes ago he inked a brand spankin’ new contract extension?

  7. The team is known for wasting careers? Who’s forcing guys to play there? Who’s making guys sign extensions? Weak totally weak

  8. McNair now has no choice but to remove Johnson’s name from the Ring of Honor.
    Although Andre may be right, that organization still gave him an honor it hasn’t bestowed on any else. Andre could have found a more private & diplomatic way to say what he had to say.

  9. What does design have against the gm? I have my idea. Wasn’t his choice of the minority candidate? He got stuck with the white.dude.

  10. He should give back his 140 million or whatever it was and leave the NFL. It’s obviously not for everybody.

  11. Watson should pull a Carson Palmer, if you have to sit out a year and lose that cash it’s worth it. Almost any team would be willing to give Watson $20+ million even if he sits next year.

  12. Let Watson go hang out with Kap out of the league if he can not be grateful to be paid to play a game that millions would gladly take his place right now!
    Appeasing his tantrum only set a bad precedence for future business going forward…

  13. Andre knows the score, the only success in NE was Tom Brady, full stop. That’s why no coach or GM has had anything even resembling success away from Tom, despite dozens of examples. Best thing they could do is fire every ex Patriot.

  14. Not sure where all the hate for Watson is coming from. He’s one of the best young QBs in the game. He IS the future for Houston. Why wouldn’t he want a say in who coaches the team?

    If I were in his position I’d want to be sure my input was taken seriously. And if it wasn’t, I’d be pissed.

    It’s not like Houston has been a well-run franchise over the past few years. He knows their recent history.

  15. Did Watson just discover that this is a difunctional franchise? He must have because he did just sigh a huge contract with this same group just recently. Typical of todays pro athletes.

  16. Ummmmmmm. You have owners who own the team and you have players who are employed by that owner. Go ahead and stand your ground. Pletny of players who want to play professional ball. The owners have control and the players do not. How hard is this people?

  17. Andre had no problem signing a six year extension with the Texans and the another two year extension. When he finally wanted out, he couldn’t even find a team willing to trade for him with what he was making.

  18. So the employee tells the employer who to hire. Watson doesn’t even have a ring to back up that demand much less the right to it in my opinion.

  19. Johnson basically quit with years left in the tank. Watson’s only criteria for hiring sits in a rack of Crayola with the swag sharpener in the back.

  20. Watson needs to quiet down and get back in line. He’s an employee, not an executive. All it takes is one Alex Smith/Dante Culpepper-like injury and his contract becomes a total disaster for the franchise. What does Watson know about hiring GMs and coaches? If you start letting players play GM, the NFL will turn into the awful NBA, where players make the rules and franchises are powerless (see Irving, Kyrie).

  21. 33yy says:
    It’s not like Houston has been a well-run franchise over the past few years. He knows their recent history.
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    Yes, he does. Yet he chose to re-up with the Texans anyway. Why? Because Houston was the only team he could sign a new deal with before his contract ran its full course, and he chose big money and security over waiting and choosing his next destination.
    Deshaun Watson is an employee, not a boss, and certainly not the owner of the business he works for. He made his bed, now he can lie in it.

  22. You can tell Watson and Jalen Ramsey are good friends. They have the same playbook.
    Curious if Watson fakes an injury to avoid to avoid playing.

  23. Tell McNair to file this under “Don’t ask a question you don’t want to hear the answer to”

  24. dregonspengler says:

    Yes, he does. Yet he chose to re-up with the Texans anyway. Why? Because Houston was the only team he could sign a new deal with before his contract ran its full course, and he chose big money and security over waiting and choosing his next destination.
    Deshaun Watson is an employee, not a boss, and certainly not the owner of the business he works for. He made his bed, now he can lie in it.
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    If I know I’m a company’s best employee, at the most important position, and will be largely responsible for the company’s future success, I’m telling the owner of the company my thoughts on my next manager. And if the owner blows me off, you’d better believe I’d let them know I’m pissed.

    He’s not just some JAG. He’s one of the best players (definitely top 10, possibly top 5) in the league at the most important position.

  25. Answer this – didn’t Watson just sign his extension last year…when this organization was already kind of a dumpster fire???????????

  26. what Ground? is he in upper office? is he not getting paid??? i know thing seem stragne with Jack Easterby’s background, but give me a break!! Tired of this BS by players like this or Kyrie Erving, especially Lebron (pampered his whole life but claims the racist term White Priveledge).

    Deshaun is getting paid, that is his ground, if not then ask out of your contract

  27. How unhappy was Watson when he signed that big contract? If happy his mood sure changed fast. Happy one day unhappy the next. Who needs that kind of head case holding your team hostage as the leader of your offense? On another team could that improve? Maybe. I would not be handing out draft picks like candy in trade offer to find out though.

  28. Sounds like Watson’s biggest issue is with Easterby. The article that came out regarding his mysterious rise had everyone thinking he would end up with less power, no power, or possibly no job. Now he seems to have more influence than ever and pulled all the strings from ignoring the paid advice from the firm brought in but to have hired the same guy they wanted going back to last year.

    Also keeping in mind that Easterby was open about wanting Hopkins gone, that Watson was offered a voice in the coaching search which at this point seems like Bieniemy is being offered an interview after the damage is already done. I am not at all saying Watson is handling the situation gracefully but I believe the McNair/Easterby relationship has spawned the problems and Watson is the only player with his future sealed so tightly that he can voice what other players are also thinking.

  29. If he’s brought in to advise the team, provide that advice to the team, not to his twitter followers. Also, if you fell this way about the teams front office, dont agree to advise it.

  30. When Easterby and McNair have no idea what they’re doing – clearly – Watson and Johnson have every right to say, look, there’s a better way. Let’s build something. If their fragile egos can’t take constructive criticism from two players who know what they’re talking about, then the organization deserves years of failure. I suspect that’s the route they’ll choose as some guys prefer losing over admitting they’re clueless (see Snyder, Danny).

  31. If Johnson ran better pass patterns and caught the ball with his hands it might have helped… as it was Owen Daniels and Kevin Walter ran pick patterns to get Johnson open and pray he caught the ball

  32. The best players on every team have tremendous leverage. So stop with the “they should suspend him” nonsense, it’s never going to happen. They are either going to have to make peace with Watson, or trade him.

  33. Indeed he should and JJ must join him as this might be the last resort to wake up Cal McNair from the Easterby enchantment and put that snake on the street

  34. Here is how Belichick handled the same situation years ago. The Patriots acquired some player in the off season, Belichick was asked what Tom Brady thought of the acquisition. He simply said Tom Brady doesn’t make personnel decisions.

    End of story.

  35. Pro sports. The only occupation that you can sign your name to a contract that outlines terms of employment and gives you $70 mil guaranteed of $156 million, suddenly not be happy that you’re not involved in the business running side which isn’t in the contract. What leverage does he have? Good luck if he sits, I’ll take the Texans lawyers and the CBA versus his lawyers. Bell sat out on a tender for a season. His contract was up, Watson is locked up long-term.

  36. Ok Watson is an EMPLOYEE! A highly paid one, a fairly talented one but that is the extent of it. He had the right to say to NcNair “Ummm, thanks but no thanks, I don’t want the extension I want to become a free agent.”

    But he didn’t. He took the money so now SHUT UP and prove you are such a great QB on the field.

    Fran Tarkington was once asked what his best season was. He replied getting the Giants to .500 because they weren’t good enough to be a .500 team.

    That’s the kind of guy I want playing on my team he plays his best and works hard. Somehow it is very hard to take seriously the whining of someone who just voluntarily took $140mil to do the job and NOW complains about the job?

  37. Wow Johnson, did you get another job? Them checks and tickets ain’t coming from houston anymore.

  38. The problem is the owner. I can see that, and I’m 2,000 miles away. You don’t ask your QB, or any of your retired players to help you find coaches and GM’s. If you have to ask for their help, sell the darn team. You don’t have a clue. Easterby isn’t the owner. He’s not the problem. It’s a QB league, and all the good QB’s are winning. Deshaun Watson is perhaps the most overrated NFL player in the last 20 years. If you hitch your wagon to him, you’re all going over the cliff. Look at the dang film. Why do you have to ask someone else. Use your eyeballs.

  39. ” Pletny of players who want to play professional ball. ”

    Plenty of players who will be out of the league in a year or two if they try to take Watson’s spot.

  40. mrburns21 says:

    January 12, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Watson should pull a Carson Palmer, if you have to sit out a year and lose that cash it’s worth it. Almost any team would be willing to give Watson $20+ million even if he sits next year.

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    Lol..that’s like an 15 million dollar A YEAR pay cut dumdum

  41. As someone who was a multi time pro bowler, and elite WR in his day, who also had his prime years wasted away at the Texans, I think his opinion carries more weight than most. And I think he is right.

  42. Gotta deal for ya Houston!: You take Trubisky off our hands and you’ll have a former first-round QB that says all the right things. We’ll take Watson and have a former first-rounder who plays the right way.

    Sincerely,
    The ghost of Papa Bear.

  43. The Texans are hiring personnel for perhaps the next 10-20 years. Why would they let any player who may only be around for a few years to have any say in this process whatsoever?

  44. jvillenole says:
    January 12, 2021 at 4:21 pm
    You can tell Watson and Jalen Ramsey are good friends. They have the same playbook.
    Curious if Watson fakes an injury to avoid to avoid playing.

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    Supposedly Watson and Ramsey have the same agent.

  45. I love how folks call this a tantrum when employees across the country have input into who their supervisor is. Maybe I work in corporate America and this is pretty on brand when you have an exceptional talent.

  46. You may have an opinion and your opinion may be correct, but that doesn’t mean you have to put that opinion on Twitter. Andre’s right to think it; I’m not sure he’s right to Tweet it.

  47. Look at all the former QB’s that turned into great GM’s, you see there’s….um..,,,well there’s……hmmmm….

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