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Texans QB Watson Not Pleased Team Hasn’t Interviewed Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy

The Texans said from day one that the team wanted franchise quarterback DeShaun Watson to be part of their talks in who would be brought in next to be the team’s head coach.

It sounds like the team isn’t following through with their promises, and it’s not sitting well with the quarterback.

One candidate who is at the top of just about every team’s list is that of Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, and while the Texans have spoken to three potential coaching candidates, Bieniemy isn’t one of them.

And it’s not sitting well with the Texans quarterback.

Watson not only has been advocating for the team to bring in Bieniemy for at least a chat, but he also was not a fan of the club’s hiring of new GM Nick Caserio, who the franchise brought over from New England.

SI.com’s Albert Breer reports that Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes put in a “strong word” for Bieniemy, which then led to Watson making a push to the team to make overtures to Bieniemy to bring him in for a chat, which to date has never happened.

Watson’s unhappiness could be a combo of the Bieniemy situation along with the hiring of Caserio after the team said that the quarterback would be consulted about who would run the team next.

Former Lions and Colts coach Jim Caldwell, former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, and Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady are the three coaching candidates that have spoken to the Texans thus far.

Does QB DeShaun Watson Want a Trade Out of Houston?

The Texans may have a serious issue on their hands according to a report Thursday from Pro Football Talk, which says that quarterback DeShaun Watson may be looking for a deal to get out of Houston.

Houston has tried to do what they can to give Watson everything they can to make him happy, including giving him a contract worth $111 million in guarantees.

The quarterback also will be part of the crew that decides on who the next coach of the franchise is.

How could that not be enough?

PFT says that they have heard that Watson has been speaking to teammates about the possibility of playing elsewhere.

Rumors already are circulating, and we’ve already heard them from multiple different people, that Watson has quietly broached with teammates the possibility of requesting a trade. If that’s happening, it may just be a strategic effort to ensure his views are respected by ownership. Regardless, it raises the stakes and crosses a bridge and potentially sets the foundation for Watson eventually to decide that he’d like to continue his career elsewhere.

To think of the Texans having to start over with a new quarterback in 2021 is not something the team probably even has in mind, but if Watson truly wants out, they are going to have to figure out the best thing for him and the team.

There’s no doubt he would be the most attractive player on the market, and what the team could get for him is anyone’s guess.

Texans Waive Veteran Wide Out Kenny Stills

The Texans and veteran wide receiver Kenny Stills have mutually parted ways, with the team waving the receiver one day after he was inactive for the team’s Thanksgiving win in Detroit.

Stills had been getting less and less playing time in 2020, as had just 11 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown.

Two weeks ago he played sparingly against the Browns, making just one catch for six yards in the Houston 10-7 loss at First Energy Stadium.

Last season Stills had 40 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns.

He came to the Texans from the Miami Dolphins in a trade back on Sept. 1 2019 along with a fourth-round pick and a 2021 sixth-round pick along with tackle Laremy Tunsil. In return the Texans sent to Miami a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 1st round pick, and a 2021 2nd round pick.

The 28-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with the Saints before being traded to the Dolphins in March 2015.

If he is claimed on waivers teams will have to pay a prorated portion of his salary worth $6.975 million.

McNair Says Texans Will Speak to Offensive and Defensive Coaches to Be Team’s Next HC

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, Texans owner Cal McNair said he will interview both offensive and defensive coaches for the vacant head coaching position, Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Although it’s not stated in the article, McNair’s comments seem to put to bed a report from the weekend that said the Texans were considering keeping interim head coach Romeo Crennel around as the full-time head coach next season.

McNair leads a coaching search committee that includes team president Jamey Rootes, the Korn Ferry search firm and “an ad-hoc committee of NFL experts.”

The committee also will be looking for a new general manager and McNair said the same thing Rootes said on a Zoom call with season-ticket holders on Wednesday: Executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby, who has served as the interim general manager since Bill O’Brien was fired in October, will not be the team’s full-time general manager.

McNair told McClain that Easterby’s future role within the organization will be decided by the new general manager. However, McNair told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday that although Easterby won’t be the general manager, he’s “going to be an incredibly valuable part of our franchise moving forward as he works with our next general manager and head coach.”

McNair said he plans to hire a general manager first, and then that person will help with the hiring of the new coach. The Texans will have to wait for a team’s season to end before they can interview coaching candidates on that team’s staff.

“We’ll use our experts, and we’ll take input where it comes, but at the end of the day, it’ll be my decision,” McNair told McClain. “We’ve started the process, and it’s a rigorous process.

“We’ve started internal discussions. Until we’re allowed to talk to people about the positions, we have to be really careful about what we say and do because of all the rules that are in place.”

Video: 2-7 Texans Look to Land an Upset Against the 4-5 Patriots Sunday

The 2-7 Texans tough 2020 season will continue this week as the team will play host to Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

The Pats are coming off a huge win over the Ravens Sunday night, and will enter the game 4-5, one game under .500.

Here’s a preview from NFL.com.

Week 10 Inactives for the Texans and Browns

Here are today’s inactives for the Browns and Texans matchup in Cleveland:

Texans

WR Isaiah Coulter
WR Keke Coutee
OT Charlie Heck
OG Senio Kelemete
QB Josh McCown
DE Charles Omenihu

Browns

RB Dontrell Hilliard
DE Joe Jackson
CB Robert Jackson
S Jovante Moffatt
LB Jacob Phillips
WR Taywan Taylor

Texans Place Running Back David Johnson on Injured Reserve

The short-handed Texans will be hurting at the running back spot against Cleveland Sunday, as the club Saturday put running back David Johnson on injured reserve.

Johnson left the team’s Week 9 game in Jacksonville with a concussion after taking a hit from linebacker Myles Jack in the second quarter.

With David Johnson out the team will turn to Duke Johnson, who had a career-high 20 touches in the win over the Jaguars.

In the game he had 41 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown, and also caught four passes for 32 yards.

Without David Johnson the Texans promoted running back C.J. Prosise to the active roster.

The team also has running back Buddy Howell on the roster, but he’s not taken an offensive snap this season.

Saturday the team also placed linebacker Dylan Cole on injured reserve.

Texans Interim Coach Romeo Crennel Defends His Two-Point Decision in Final Minutes

Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel eschewed a field goal that would have put his team up four points in favor of a fourth-down play that resulted in a Brandin Cooks touchdown catch pushing Houston up seven points over the Titans with 1:50 to play.

Crennel’s next decision didn’t work out as well, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

The interim coach called for a 2-point attempt in an effort to stretch the lead to nine instead of kicking the extra point and making it an eight-point game. On the 2-point try, Deshaun Watson bought time and had a wide-open Randall Cobb for a conversion that would have all but clinched the win. Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, however, got a paw on the ball to deflect the pigskin to the ground.

From there, the Titans marched down the field, kicked an extra point to tie, sent the game to overtime and won on a Derrick Henry TD on the first possession of OT.

“I wanted to go ahead and get the two points,” Crennel said defending his decision, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “It felt like that would kind of put it out of reach for them, and if we would have gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. As it turned out, we didn’t get it, and then with the touchdown and the extra point they tied it up, and we were in overtime.”