Cal McNair has spoken to Deshaun Watson, wants him “in the loop” on coaching hire

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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is back from vacation and he’s back in communication with the team.

Texans owner Cal McNair confirmed that he’s exchanged texts with Watson and cornfirmed that Watson is not happy about how the team has gone about business in the early part of the offseason. McNair said Watson would be part of the process of hiring a new coach and General Manager, but Watson felt that was not the case.

“Deshaun and I connected over texts since he’s returned from vacation and I believe in dealing with the personnel issues directly with the players, but in conjunction with our general manager,” McNair said, via Mark Berman of FOX26Houston.com. “Deshaun, it’s no secret that he’s disappointed in the communication during the hiring process.”

McNair said he apologizes “for my actions or communications that have created mistrust” and that he wants Watson “in the loop” as the team moves forward with the search for a head coach. Watson reportedly advocated for Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, who did not initially get a call for an interview but the team has subsequently requested one.

While they requested and conducted other interviews prior to Nick Caserio being hired as the new G.M., McNair said that they were waiting on Caserio’s list before moving on the head coaching front. He said “picking the right head coach is more important than making a quick pick,” which is true even if it hasn’t made for a warm relationship with Watson this month.

14 responses to “Cal McNair has spoken to Deshaun Watson, wants him “in the loop” on coaching hire

  1. wants a say in hiring gm and coach. goes on vacation during hiring cycle. sounds about right

  2. Im a Packer fan and far from a Texan fan – but man do I hope they just light it up next year so all these witch hunters can eat crow. I am still baffled with all of the positive changes they made from the top down that so many people still bicker about them. People bicker for change and then when change is made they still whine about it. Good lord.

  3. Weak ownership lets players call the shots, while also paying them millions of dollars. Organizations that let players control the corporate decisions will never go far…

  4. Does this mean you have to run your draft board by him too? How about the coaches game plan for each week will it need his stamp of approval before its implemented? Travel accommodations? Will the team seek clearance from DeShaun before booking the hotel?

  5. Maybe EB doesn’t want the job. Has anyone thought of that? Maybe he’s just interviewing for practice. If he interviewed well and wanted a job, he would have been hired already.

  6. I can understand Deshaun Watson position. Deshaun has a certain skill set and he is in the prime of his career. I doubt it’s about hiring a specific coach. It’s more about the mindset of that coach to be able to let Watson’s skill set carry the team. It will be the same for the OC. Deshaun doesn’t want to waist the prime of his career not taking advantage of his skill set. Deshaun wants to win. I can’t blame him for that. I also think the media has overblown the rift between Deshaun Watson and the Cal McNair. McNair is not the brightest bulb in the package.

  7. Anyone wondering why Eric Beinemy is being passed over for a HC job, look no further than the Controversial Past section listed on his Wikipedia page. I was unaware of it all too, but it explains why these owners and GM’s aren’t hiring him.

  8. I think the only way this can get McNair to change his mind on getting rid of Eastera%%$ is to have Texans Fans, Season Ticket holders BOYCOTT GAMES, don’t go. But, you guys keep going which I understand you love football and don’t want to see another team leave Houston, but if the McNair’s are not going to have a top notch organization, then let them leave. Let them go to St.Louis, Portland, Memphis or Russia for all I care. Had to put up with the Oilers and Bud Adams shennaigans,which was nothing compared to this Bozo Show!

  9. Is Watson mad because he didn’t get to pick the G.M.?
    And apparently he went on vacation. If he wanted to be involved with the hiring process, then why wasn’t he in the building and interviewing candidate?

  10. Is Watson mad because he didn’t get to pick the G.M.?
    And apparently he went on vacation. If he wanted to be involved with the hiring process, then why wasn’t he in the building and interviewing candidates?

  11. Normally, players shouldn’t get a say in who the coach or GM are, and they don’t.

    Then the Texans say he will get to have input, which is on the Texans at that point. Watson has justification for being miffed the Texans went back on that.

    But then while it is all being decided, he goes on vacation (so much for staying at home in a pandemic, huh), and is unreachable by the freaking owner? Sorry Watson, you gave up your right to be angry.

    It’s a sorry way to start a new chapter all the way around.

  12. Texans will never be a winner with this qb no matter how many garbage yards he throws for…..completely over rated

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