The Houston Texans confirmed Thursday that they interviewed former journeyman QB Josh McCown for his or her not too long ago vacated head teaching function, and the phrase across the NFL rumor mill is that they actually need to rent him.
Now you could be pondering — that Josh McCown? Isn’t he nonetheless technically a free agent? Has he ever even coached above the highschool stage? The solutions to these questions are, respectively, sure he’s, and no he has not. He’s by no means even frolicked as a low-level grad assistant, as a result of he spent the previous 18 years enjoying within the NFL — and he really coached highschool soccer whereas enjoying for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019.
The Texans not too long ago fired head coach David Culley after a single season, through which they completed 4-13. Culley, in the event you recall, inherited a Deshaun Watson-less staff that additionally immediately grew to become one J.J. Watt brief. With extra big-name departures all through his tenure, he was left with a skeletal roster for his single yr within the league and by no means actually had an opportunity — and but nonetheless completed with a greater file than the Trevor Lawrence-City Meyer duo in Jacksonville, because the Texans defeated a number of groups with successful information and even stored it shut with the Titans late within the season.
Sure, Meyer was additionally fired (in the course of his first season), however had he merely suffered from a nasty file and never, , the incurable ailment of being a public asshole, one has to suppose that the ever-patient Shad Khan would have given Meyer a number of extra years to make issues work in Jacksonville. Culley didn’t have that luxurious, and the reins could also be getting handed over to a person who has by no means coached in an NFL or school sport in any capability.
This isn’t some Ted Lasso state of affairs the place McCown is aware of nothing in regards to the sport he’s interviewing to educate. He’s been within the league for the higher a part of twenty years and has served as a mentor to creating younger quarterbacks, most notably Carson Wentz. When you’re now asking, “Wouldn’t a QB coach function be a greater begin for him than leaping straight to the top teaching job?” The reply is sure, it in all probability could be.
The Texans interviewed McCown for this function final yr whereas he was nonetheless on their roster, earlier than finally hiring Culley. And at this level, Mike Florio is reporting that with a view to legitimize hiring McCown (who, once more, has no school or professional teaching expertise), the powers that be want one other staff to interview him for a head teaching emptiness. When you want one other staff to legitimize your rent, perhaps the rent isn’t reputable. Only a thought.
This definitely isn’t to say that McCown isn’t chief or couldn’t be an awesome coach sooner or later. However when positioned so starkly in opposition to the firing of Culley — one of many few Black coaches within the NFL, of which Mike Tomlin is the one one left employed — hiring a totally inexperienced man as your subsequent head coach reeks of disrespect. Why would McCown do a greater job with the No. 3 draft decide and the present staff than Culley would have? What adjustments does he legitimately convey to the desk that will enhance the staff greater than Culley might have given one other yr?
Once we’re skilled Black coaches and coordinators with years within the league (Byron Leftwich, Eric Bienemy, and so on., and so on.) who get handed over yr after yr, and the disproportionate fee at which Black coaches get fired after a single yr, to specific such curiosity on this rent presently leaves a nasty style within the mouth. It’s made worse by the historical past of Houston’s homeowners, the McNair household. In 2017, then-owner Bob McNair stated, “We are able to’t have the inmates working the jail” in reference to Black gamers like Colin Kaepernick kneeling to protest police brutality. Whereas he handed away in 2018, his son Cal McNair is now working the present and caught flak for referring to COVID because the “China Virus.”
And this isn’t to say that everybody should comply with the very same path to changing into a head coach, nevertheless it should really feel like a slap within the face to Culley and different candidates who’ve paid their dues and spent years teaching within the league. To rent him as a first-time QBs coach and even offensive coordinator could be one factor, however a head teaching job is a gigantic leap.