Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is angry with ownership for multiple reasons. This much is clear from published reports.
However, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is adamant that the fourth-year star’s biggest concerns are strictly football and structurally-related. While Watson is apparently unhappy with how the team has handled some social justice issues, including hiring, his angst is not chiefly about that.
“His unhappiness is more current with state of franchise and what has transpired,” Mortensen wrote on Twitter today.
Watson’s unhappiness with Texans is not strongly connected to social justice issues, a source close to the quarterback clarifies, even though those issues are important.
His unhappiness is more current with state of franchise and what has transpired. https://t.co/wV4UDEIYzd
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 10, 2021
The Texans have been mismanaged for some time, even dating back beyond the DeAndre Hopkins trade last offseason. Recently, the team hired Patriots front office member Nick Caserio as its new general manager.
Watson is reportedly angry that the team did not involve him more in the search. The latest reporting this morning is that the Texans even ignored their own search firm in order to hire Caserio.
Korn Ferry was strong on the idea of Omar Khan as GM and Colts DC Matt Eberflus as head coach in the final days of the search firm’s involvement. Texans obviously went in another direction. https://t.co/CTixrwbQ7x
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 10, 2021
The Texans remain in the market for a head coach, and it will be interesting to see if Watson has a major role in picking a new leader. If he doesn’t, it will likely only deepen the divide between player and franchise.
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