Texans burying themselves in more controversy with Josh McCown is great for Colts fans

Jerry Trotta
Texans QB Deshaun Watson (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Texans QB Deshaun Watson (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /
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The Texans continuing to make baffling decisions should thrill Colts fans.

If you take a look around the NFL, you could make the case that about 20 teams, including the Indianapolis Colts, would swap quarterbacks if they were presented with a superior option to their current starter.

Luckily for them, a top-five player at the position could become available via trade this offseason. If you couldn’t tell, we’re talking about Deshaun Watson, who is widely believed to have played his last snap with Houston amid the franchise’s continued efforts to isolate him during their general manager and head coach hiring process.

Well, in more good news for Colts fans, the Texans continued to make a mockery of themselves when they announced that they interviewed Josh McCown (!) for their head coaching vacancy. As you might expect, this news drew the ire of the fan base as the 41-year-old doesn’t have a sliver of coaching experience to his name.

If a reporter of John McClain’s acclamation is this up in arms about the franchise’s decision-making, then they really must be a laughingstock. The Houston Chronicle columnist has covered the league for over 40 years and has quite literally seen it all, but these comments suggest that he’s never come across organizational ineptitude of this magnitude.

We have great respect for McCown and he may one day prove to be a good head coach. However, asking him to spearhead a cultural renovation when hasn’t spent a single day on the sidelines in a coaching capacity might just end up being the final thing that pushes Watson off the edge in terms of demanding a trade.

Watson has been a loud advocate for the NFL becoming more diverse from a head coaching perspective, so — regardless of how much respect he has for McCown — him being able to get a seat at the table with the likes of Eric Bieniemy, Jim Caldwell and Leslie Frazier with zero coaching experience on his resume must have been incredibly insulting to the three-time Pro Bowler.

Barring something truly unforeseen, Watson will lift his no-trade clause at some point and could be dealt to a team that makes him a compelling offer. The Colts just so happen to be a franchise QB away from being able to compete for a championship, so perhaps that concept among other less important factors (like front office stability) will be enough to appease him.

Even still, this McCown news all but confirms that Indy should at least be in the running to trade for Watson this offseason and that alone should thrill the fan base. And it’s always good to see a division rival go down in flames, right?

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