The Houston Texans’ head-coaching search has taken another peculiar twist.
The team announced Friday afternoon that it has added two coaches at opposite ends of the experience spectrum to its list of candidates interviewed.
Retired quarterback Josh McCown and longtime NFL coach Jim Caldwell are the latest to discuss the position with Texans brass.
Interest in Caldwell makes sense. Regarded as a top-level quarterback tutor and football mind, Caldwell won Super Bowls as the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens. He also led the Colts to the Super Bowl in 2009, but Indianapolis lost to the Saints.
McCown’s candidacy comes as a surprise, however, because his coaching resume only includes work as a high school assistant coach.
McCown has played for 12 different NFL teams in 17 seasons. He most recently spent a portion of the 2020 season on the Texans’ roster but didn’t appear in a game.
The fact that the Texans would consider McCown also raises eyebrows given the climate in the league, where lack of diversity in the head-coaching ranks remains troubling. NFL officials have worked to provide more opportunities for coaches of color, yet teams continue pass over qualified veteran coaches in favor of less-experienced white coaches.
Houston has been in a state of turmoil in the last year after firing coach/GM Bill O’Brien. Frustrated by the decision-making, quarterback Deshaun Watson has expressed a desire to leave the team, according to multiple reports.
Watson had hoped the team would hire Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. But the Texans didn’t have him during their first round of candidates interviewed. Once news of Watson’s displeasure became public, the team requested permission to interview Bieniemy and met with him Monday.