Deshaun Watson: “I was on 2 then I took it to 10”

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As the Texans try to extinguish the conflagration that its relationship with quarterback Deshaun Watson has become, it doesn’t seem to be working.

Watson offered this tweet on Friday afternoon: “I was on 2 then I took it to 10.”

That’s an obvious reference to the manner in which ESPN’s Adam Schefter characterized Watson’s mindset last weekend, explaining that the hiring of G.M. Nick Caserio without involving Watson (as the team had promised to do) pushing the anger level to double digits.

The tweet caps a week during which the Texans clumsily have tried to placate Watson by seeking to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy after the bye week, which means the Texans won’t be able to talk to Bieniemy until after the Kansas City playoff run ends.

Watson seems to be dug in, and Watson doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy who makes hollow threats. If he’s done with the Texans, the Texans need to come up with a good plan for resolving the situation.

Given their recent trend of coming up with not good plans, don’t count on that happening. Indeed, even if the Texans would fire executive V.P. of football operations Jack Easterby and hire Bieniemy, that possibly wouldn’t do it at this point.

91 responses to “Deshaun Watson: “I was on 2 then I took it to 10”

  1. At this point I’m starting to see things Watsons way – any organization that would take one team’s chaplain and make him VP of Football Operations in the next breath had some SERIOUS decision-making problems. Never seen anything like it.

  2. I used to really admire this guy. He was the modest, team first, genuine article. But, then he cashed the check. He received a $27 million signing bonus. Deshaun, If you were to repay that, you might actually get your wish. But that money probably won’t be coming from endorsements anymore.

  3. Some teams can just never figure it out. Teams like the Texans, Vikings and Lions etc. just always seem to be behind the rest of the league.

  4. As much as I’d love the Bears to trade for him, we’re so tight against the cap that we’d have to let Robinson go and probably make other cuts to afford him, and we’d have no draft picks to replace the guys we let go. Instead of going 8-8 with no QB, we’d be going 8-8 at best with a good QB and not much else

  5. The Texans were a mess at the point Deshaun Watson signed his huge contract in September.
    The only thing that changed was firing Bill O’Brien and hiring Caserio.
    Is that something so horrific that you would flip out?

    Flipping out is reserved for hiring Adam Gase as your HC, or making Mike Maccagnan the GM.

    What leverage does Watson have? Will he sit out? This year he only makes 15MM (plus a pro rated bonus). Next year he gives up real money.

    He sound slike a baby who needs his agent to talk some sense to him, unless his agent thinks this is ok behavior.

  6. If McNair trades Deshaun Watson, the City of Houston IS DONE WITH THE TEXANS, PERIOD!!!!

  7. It’s looking more and more like Bill O’Brian took the fall for a disfunctional organization. He was a good coach and got them division titles at least. An aging JJ Watts and a disgruntled star QB bodes badly.

  8. This tweet came after Cal McNair’s comments. Cal is in the Twilight Zone and hasn’t realized yet the level of embarrassment he is in. Epic

  9. Some teams have winning cultures, some teams have carnival cultures and some teams have toxic cultures.

  10. turkeycreekjackjohnson says:
    January 15, 2021 at 4:18 pm
    At this point I’m starting to see things Watsons way – any organization that would take one team’s chaplain and make him VP of Football Operations

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    Well they have never won SB, after trying so many ideas, maybe divine intervention is what they need 🙂

  11. Laughing at loud at the prospect of the Texans and the Bears trying to swing a trade. Arguably the two worst front offices in the league trying to work something out. One side or the other would be sure to get screwed, it’s just a question of who and in any case it could be good theater.

  12. I still don’t exactly see how Houston is this perceived dumpster fire? Before 2020, they won their division 4 out of 5 seasons.

  13. Eh, no team should let their QB have a veto over a HC decision. If they are considering someone who has worked with the QB in the past, it’s fine to ask his opinion from first hand knowledge. But that’s not the case here. The team could ask Watson what qualities he thinks they should look for in their new HC or what questions they should ask. But Watson himself shouldn’t be in the room for the interview or get the answers given.

  14. Deshaun, demand a trade to Chicago. Pace is desperate to save his job and he’ll do whatever it takes.

  15. I think he’s all but gone now. He’s frustrated and wants to compete immediately and who can blame him??

    Not sure where he’s going but, likely NFC
    No way does Houston want to keep him in the AFC. That would just be stupid

  16. My company hired a new VP of operations without my consent. I voiced my displeasure publicly. I am now updating my resume. Give me a break.

  17. Texans said they would involve him. They didn’t and now he’s angry. Texans built this house of cards in front of a fan and are shocked it got knocked down. Now I’m beginning to see how BOB lasted as long as he did.

  18. Once you let the cat out of the bag, you won’t be able to put the toothpaste back in the tube

  19. Dolphin fans are a bit inpatient with the QB position right now but who could blame them? They haven’t had a QB in like 20 years and Tua has been hyped to the max. He hasn’t exactly been shot out of a cannon either. Many reasons for that and lack of ability for Tua really isn’t it. Watson has been mentioned plenty but I read a mock draft that made me think. Here it is. Fins take Fields @ #3 and trade Tua to the 49ers for their #12 and keep their # 18 and all the rest of their picks. For me… I like it.

  20. Ya, of course if you’re basing a players qualifications in his opinion from his play,… what if you gave Wentz and say, 3 years ago… That kneeler guy, Cam Newton, Matt Flynn, Garappalo, and on and on…

    Players play, front office front offices…. I like Watson, think he’s good, but he’s experienced in throwing the football at 25 years old, not picking GM’s of billion dolllar companies. That’s like saying the head grocery store clerk gets a say in the manager. Stay in your lane, or stay out of it, force a trade, then maybe win something down the road. But that route you risk losing a majority of your fans, initially anyway.

  21. The other thing is Watson clearly sees the writing on the wall, that with all the mismanagement of the team and him, there’s no reason to think that would ever change. it will only get worse. get out now young man!

  22. Im blown away that Bieneimy even has a job with the Chiefs with his history of female abuse and lengthy issues as detailed on wiki. Why would the Texans want that baggage.

  23. So Watson is mad because they hired the white dude gm instead of the minority he wanted. So if they hire a white coach over the minority coach Watson will be even more mad. So is this what it’s gonna be like now? Players get to decide what color the coach or gm is?

  24. Eric Beinemy just isn’t HC material. Look up his controversial past. Would be a real hard sell to any fan base. Sorry Deshawn.

  25. “2 to a 10?” Who really gives a rats hind-end?! This is what happens when a weak and flailing organization allows the tail to wag the dog.

    If you’re going to involve players, do it confidently and openly and don’t try and tip-toe around your commitments all sneaky like. Why the hell you’d involve a player in the decision to hire a GM is beyond my understanding anyway.

    If not, be clear up front so the player doesn’t create the expectation that they’re running the show like DW clearly has done.

    But then again, I couldn’t care any less about the Texans so carry on with the implosion.

  26. Exactly what is so mesmerizing about the Patriots front office that would make Houston burn everything in sight just to hire Belichick’s intern?

    I mean didn’t this past year just expose the Patriot’s as getting by merely on Brady’s donation of practically playing for free?
    Bill can’t incorporate Free Agents (minus Gilmore).
    Bill can’t draft any better than middle of the pack.
    Bill had 15 years to find QB2

    Good luck with that Houston.

  27. Making this public is really putting him in a bad light, whether he’s right or wrong.

  28. Don’t ever, ever, ever touch my drum set. No touching! I was at about six there. You don’t wanna see me go to 10.

  29. Hey Nick,

    We will take him off your hands. We have a wonderful QB who was elected to the pro bowl has a superbowl ring and is under contract for 5 more years. What do you say?

    Love Howie

  30. Listen to Dick Vermeil, Deshaun. All the organization should get you is some more diapers. This isn’t the NBA .

  31. It’s just not a good look for Watson to be so upset about not being involved in management hires. But the Texans are truly at fault for telling an employee that he would be. Texans created this entire mess.

  32. bassplucker says:
    January 15, 2021 at 4:32 pm
    Laughing at loud at the prospect of the Texans and the Bears trying to swing a trade. Arguably the two worst front offices in the league trying to work something out. One side or the other would be sure to get screwed, it’s just a question of who and in any case it could be good theater.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________

    Somehow The Patriots would end up with Watson and all of The Bears’ draft picks while Houston and Chicago get nothing

  33. Doesn’t anyone else think he’s a touch overrated? I mean, physically gifted, but at the NFL level, he hasn’t won a thing.

  34. Meanwhile Deshaun was busy opening a new restaurant in the middle of the season, in the middle of a pandemic. This is after signing a contract extension, when he already knew what a dumpster fire the Texans are. Good QB, but not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  35. To see this level of entitlement eighth after getting paid a fantastic fortune is grotesque.

    Empty stats and never winning anything that mattered – that’s the legacy he should be angry about and focusing his energy on improving.

  36. I do get him being upset about being lied to but him trying to act like the Texans have long been dysfunctional and hes fed up so soon after signing his contract extension doesnt work together. If it’s long been an issue he shouldn’t have signed an extension but either he didnt feel that way or hes a liar and his words meant nothing when signing his contract, it was all about getting paid.

  37. gatorbait85 says:
    January 15, 2021 at 4:57 pm
    How can the Texans owner not see Easterby is the issue smh

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    Because the Texans owner is the issue. Easterby is just a symptom.

  38. So this is the maddest he can be? Once you say you’re at a 10 you can never go higher. And if tweeting is all he does, no worries, he’s at a 10.

  39. After looking up Eric Bieniemy’s history, I’m stunned anyone wants anything to do with him. Absolutely stunned

  40. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:

    Because the Texans owner is the issue. Easterby is just a symptom.
    ——————–
    What exactly did cal mcnair do wrong? He just took over the team 2 years ago so he doesnt even have time to have a poor track record.

  41. I think some of you guys are missing Watsons point. I don’t think he’s trying to call the shots or hold the organization hostage. He’s upset because he was told by MCNAIR himself that he would be a part of the process and he wasn’t. I could accept the argument if he wasn’t told that yet he felt he should be in the decision making process cuz he is who he is….

    It appears he was told to which makes this organization all the more dysfunctional when you now try to appease him by requesting an interview “after the fact” with Beinemy. Watson is a good kid and has always been a good kid. But when you are giving 110% Every week amd the organization is doing stuff like that it just makes you wonder.

    I highly doubt JJ Watt thinks Watson is egomaniacal. He has nothing but respect for Watson and he’s actually IN the building everyday.

  42. Did I miss where Watson is the owner of the Texans? Part owner? GM? I guess Watson is the LeBron of the NFL.

  43. He is so overrated anyway! Not a top 10 QB. Fumbles about 5 times a game. Does dumb things like take a sack to knock them out of field goal range. Can’t read defenses. Houston is dumb for paying a back up front line money!

  44. couldn’t have been more than a few months ago this guy was all smiles after getting 170 million. play out your contact and keep your mouth shut, fool.

  45. I believe he’s pulling a “James Harden” trying to force a trade. On one hand, I don’t blame him. On the other hand, not sure why a 25-year old player needs to be consulted on business decisions. I say let him go! Between Watt and Watson you can get a ton of picks/players and try – again – to build a contender.

  46. With all of the league MVPs and Super Bowls Watson has won, they really should get his input on a coach and GM.

  47. I’m a Texans fan and big support of Watson. But I find it ironic that he complains about some people in the organization not focusing on their own job but at the same time he wants to be the guy that picks the GM and head coach. Everyone needs to do their job including #4.

  48. At some point you have to understand that you are a player. An employee. My boss is retiring, so does that mean I get input on who his boss hires to replace him? Heck no. I get his being upset at how the former coach/GM Bill O’Brien ran things. That was awful. They need an overhaul. If he felt like they were going the wrong direction, he should have held off on his new deal….

  49. Sign and trade Dak and a 3rd this year, 3rd next year for Watson. Throw in Elliott, if they are willing to take him.

  50. roughingthepasser says:
    January 15, 2021 at 4:21 pm
    The Texans were a mess at the point Deshaun Watson signed his huge contract in September.
    The only thing that changed was firing Bill O’Brien and hiring Caserio.
    Is that something so horrific that you would flip out?
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    Caserio was the Patriot’s Chaplin. He then gets hired to be VP of football operations for the Texans. How is he going to put guys on the team that are going to be able to win, divine help? Even Bill Belichick said that Caserio is not a personnel man. Should’ve just named Bill O’Brien VP of football operations.

  51. The fact the he thinks he can ‘take it to 10’ says a lot about his character. It reinforces the reason to skip over him. It’s all about what skills a team is really looking for. I still think that this has the makings of another trade similar to that which involved an individual with the last name of Walker.

  52. Anytime you let a player, any player, dictate personnel decisions there is bound to be trouble. Do you think Tom Brady made any hiring or firing decsions when it came to the front office or coaching staff? Didn’t think so. Any player who believes he should be consulted, or have any sort of power over who is hired or fired had better start planning for his next career. The next best thing is coming through the draft. Deshawn has won nothing. Zilch. Nada. He really should keep his big mouth shut, but I fear it is already too late. Once that bridge is burned, it’s real tough in coming back across it.

  53. I think Watson was pissed off at Bill O’Brien, mostly. Nevertheless, the Texans’ owners were the ones who give O’Brien the keys to the asylum. Now, they seem to be doing the same thing – or at least acting in the same way.

    On the other side of the coin, there is a serious problem in letting a player have significant input into the hiring of a coach, let alone a G.M. The solution to a boneheaded management move is not to make another bone-headed management move.

    Brady played it smart. He kept silent to the public about any issues he may have had with New England, but maneuvered himself to be in a position that he could leave on his own terms. I wish Watson would have tried the same long term strategy – the best time for him to have done that would have been during his last contract negotiations.

  54. “He’s upset because he was told by MCNAIR himself that he would be a part of the process and he wasn’t”

    Well he shouldn’t have been part of it. Deshaun has no qualifications for evaluating a prospective GM.

  55. It’s a QB league and the elite QB’s are all leading their teams to 11 or 12 win seasons. The rules totally put the games in the hands of the QB. The Texans have a QB who led his team to a 4-12 record. He’s not even an average QB. The Texans should trade him. I’m sure there are teams out there that would give up a lot to get Watson. They’re cleaning house. They should do a thorough cleaning of the entire franchise. I’m not a fan of Bill O’Brien, but he was an outstanding football coach. It’s just that it’s a QB league (ask Bill Belichick if you don’t believe me) and the Texans have a weakness at that crucial position. Did anyone notice how far Clemson fell when he left? Lol.

  56. That’s an obvious reference to the manner in which ESPN’s Adam Schefter characterized Watson’s mindset last weekend, explaining that the hiring of G.M. Nick Caserio without involving Watson (as the team had promised to do) pushing the anger level to double digits.

    ———————————

    I think it’s actually an obvious reference to the song Mo’ Realer by Future. Its literally a line from that song.

  57. tempests says:
    January 15, 2021 at 8:30 pm
    “He’s upset because he was told by MCNAIR himself that he would be a part of the process and he wasn’t”

    Well he shouldn’t have been part of it. Deshaun has no qualifications for evaluating a prospective GM.

    —————————————

    The front office made OBrien a GM…

  58. Christopher Allan says:
    January 15, 2021 at 7:36 pm
    roughingthepasser says:
    January 15, 2021 at 4:21 pm
    The Texans were a mess at the point Deshaun Watson signed his huge contract in September.
    The only thing that changed was firing Bill O’Brien and hiring Caserio.
    Is that something so horrific that you would flip out?
    —————————————————————————————————
    Caserio was the Patriot’s Chaplin. He then gets hired to be VP of football operations for the Texans. How is he going to put guys on the team that are going to be able to win, divine help? Even Bill Belichick said that Caserio is not a personnel man. Should’ve just named Bill O’Brien VP of football operations.
    —————————————————————————————————

    I think you are thinking about Jack Easterby, who is the current VP of Football Operations for the Texans. He was a chaplain at New England before moving up the ranks. Nick Caserio has been with the Patriots for a long time, and has worked both as a positions coach and in scouting, and is very close with Josh McDaniels, so it would not surprise me if he was Jack Easterby’s dream hire.

  59. restaurant? it was part interest in a fast food joint.. cheesesteak sandwiches…. the boy has inflated idea of self worth. garbage stats and crunch time screwups.. nothing but a scramble drill passing game…

  60. Would love this guy in San Francisco, 1st round picks whatever it takes to get him he’s definitely in the elite QB bracket along with mahomes allen and jackson

  61. The Texans wasted the talent of Watt, Clowney, Deshaun and Hopkins.

    That takes talent.

  62. texanfan62 says:
    January 15, 2021 at 4:22 pm
    If McNair trades Deshaun Watson, the City of Houston IS DONE WITH THE TEXANS, PERIOD!!!!
    ———————

    Don’t count on it. This team has been trash for most of their existence. The Texans have sold out every game since they started in 2002, they have a huge season ticket waiting list (I’ve been on it since 2009, still no tickets,) and they’ve done it with the likes of David Carr, Matt Schaub, and Brock Osweiler under center.

    Texans fans (like Astros and Rockets fans) will stay away for a minute while the team loses, when they start winning again, we’ll see thousands showing up for training camp and the “traveling Texans” talking about how they’ve been loyal since day one.

  63. You trade away one of the best receivers in the league for peanuts (and a horrible RB contract), you give away a king’s ransom AND pay free agent $$ for a LT, you run the front office like a dumpster fire, and sign your star QB to a big long-term deal and then lie to him about something that’s a pretty big deal to his and the team’s future. I don’t have a dog in the fight and am indifferent about Watson. But how in the world is anyone coming down on the side of management on this one?

  64. Deshaun has the talent to lead a team to a superbowl victory. He’s a high IQ guy and obviously realizes that he’s on a sinking ship. The Texans have shown unbelievable incompetence in the front office and have taken the legs out from under the team through shockingly bad trades. He has every right to look for better options so he can work under an organization that is, well, organized. If your company was going under and you were asked to give it everything day in and day out and they were not reciprocating, then you would look elsewhere no matter what your salary. He’s a man, and he’s got pride like the rest of us.

  65. Well he signed a contract. He can retire I guess, pay back the bonus, not receive the remaining guarantee and Houston still retain his rights, or he can show up, keep his bonus, collect the $73 mil guarantee and play football. It’s downright hilarious that he and his fans are acting like he’s been wronged in some sense. Positive the owner can hire who he wants to run his operations. Go ahead and hire Bieniemy too. You’ll probably find out why he’s been passed over for three years straight.

  66. He is an employee he is not the owner. You make 60 million plus and your run your lips. Go do your job, no excuses that is what you are paid for

  67. “But how in the world is anyone coming down on the side of management on this one?”

    Because no one thinks Deshaun should be given the kind of influence he thinks he should have.

    It doesn’t matter if he’s in Houston or not. His new team won’t let him have a say in who the GM should be either.

  68. I agree with ramsnation88 and CharlieKelly-POTUS. Don’t tell the guy you’re going to stupidly involve him in decision making and then not do it. Should he have had a say in selecting a GM? Hell no. Why should he? But the issue here is that the silly ownership apparently DID tell him he would be involved and then didn’t involve him. That’s the point of this entire fiasco. But telling him he’d have a say in the selection process just shows everyone how truly lame is this ownership. Owners make GM decisions; QBs play football. Blending the two is just really stupid. But then we’re talking about the Texans here. Why do both these teams in Texas both seem to have such horrible ownership?

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