It appears that Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has one last real chance of landing a head coaching job this offseason.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Bieniemy is among those under “heavy consideration” by the Texans, along with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
It’s a pretty significant turnaround for Bieniemy, who wasn’t even on the team’s initial list of interviews. It sounds like he impressed in his interview once he got it, and is seriously in the running for the job.
There have been rumors that Bieniemy is the preferred candidate of disgruntled quarterback Deshaun Watson. However, it’s becoming clear that even this hire may not be enough to placate the quarterback.
Houston Texans fans want to show support for Deshaun Watson with the star quarterback currently unhappy with the team, but Watson is asking them to find a safe way to do it.
Texans fans have been organizing a “peaceful rally” that was supposed to take place at 11 a.m. local time on Monday outside NRG Stadium. You can see the flyer that has been circulating here. Prior to the event, Watson took to Twitter to ask fans to cancel due to the potential of spreading COVID-19.
“I’m hearing there is a march planned on my behalf in Houston today. Although I am humbled I ask that whoever is organizing the march cancel for the sake of public safety,” Watson wrote. “Covid is spreading at a high rate & I don’t want any fans to unnecessarily expose themselves to infection.”
The situation between Watson and the Texans has gotten uglier by the day. Watson is furious with team owner Cal McNair for misleading him about the general manager hiring process, and the 25-year-old wants out of Houston. Some within the organization reportedly feel the relationship cannot be salvaged.
Watson may already be eyeing a trade to a specific AFC team, but the Texans will likely try to smooth things out before exploring that.
Eric Bieniemy has suddenly found his name in the mix for the Houston Texans head coaching job, and a recent change in NFL rules will allow him to interview with the team this week.
The NFL’s anti-tampering rules state that first interviews for head coach candidates need to take place during Wild Card week for teams with a bye and during the Divisional Round for teams without a bye. Both of those windows have closed, but Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported on Monday that the NFL has made an exemption this week for teams with head coaching vacancies to interview coaches who are still in the playoffs as long as their current team consents.
That exemption has paved the way for Bieniemy, the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, to interview with the Texans. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that Bieniemy will have a virtual meeting with Houston on Monday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is also expected to interview with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.
Bieniemy was originally not considered a candidate for the Texans job, but a lot has changed in the last few weeks. For starters, Houston may need to cast a wide net with how unappealing their head coaching vacancy has become in the wake of the Deshaun Watson drama. It’s also worth noting that a previous report claimed Watson wants the Texans to hire Bieniemy, so perhaps they feel doing so would help them smooth things over with their franchise quarterback.
There has been talk that Bieniemy is waiting for the perfect opportunity before he leaves the Chiefs, so you have to wonder how highly he thinks of the Houston job given the current circumstances.
Bieniemy, 51, has been with the Chiefs since 2013. This is his third season as offensive coordinator with the team.
The situation with Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans appears to get worse by the day, and even Watson’s teammates appear to be acknowledging the ugliness.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that there are people within the Texans organization who fear Watson has played his last snap for the team. Schefter also said head coaching candidates view the Houston job as extremely undesirable. Shortly after all that news came out, Texans wide receiver Randall Cobb sent the following tweet:
Cobb is under contract with the Texans for two more seasons, which makes his tweet even more embarrassing for the team. That is likely an indication that things look as bad from the inside in Houston as they do from the outside.
Watson seemed to confirm his unhappiness with the Texans when he sent this cryptic tweet on Friday.
Deshaun Watson has decided he no longer wants to play for the Houston Texans, and apparently people within the organization fear they are not going to be able to change the quarterback’s mind.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that there is a growing sense in and around the Texans organization that Watson will not be with the team much longer. While the offseason just began, Schefter says Watson’s level of unhappiness with the Texans at the moment “cannot and should not be underestimated.”
Watson is furious with the Texans after he was led to believe he would have input in the team’s general manager search and then ignored. A new report states that he is fed up with the lack of direction within the franchise, beginning with owner Cal McNair.
The Texans also ignored their own search firm when hiring Nick Caserio as GM, which likely doesn’t make Watson feel any better about the current state of things.
Watson confirmed his unhappiness with this cryptic tweet on Friday. The Texans have reportedly entertained the idea of a blockbuster QB swap with another team, and it may be time to explore that more closely.
The Houston Texans are going off the beaten path a bit with their next head coaching interview.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Texans are set to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for their vacant coaching position. The 61-year-old is expected to interview on Sunday, and is a “serious candidate” for the job.
Frazier hasn’t received many looks as a head coaching candidate in recent years. He does have four seasons of NFL head coaching experience, going 21-32-1 with the Minnesota Vikings from 2010-2013.
The big question about any Texans hire is what Deshaun Watson may think. Given the fact that Frazier is a defensive coach, this might not be what the quarterback had in mind. Then again, it’s fair to wonder whether the hiring even matters that much to Watson at this point.
The Houston Texans are not a well-run organization right now, and a new report indicates that it has driven Deshaun Watson to the point of no return.
A new report from Greg Bishop and Jenny Vrentas of SI outlines the chaos in the Texans organization right now, and how it has impacted Watson. The quarterback has grown so frustrated with the team and several broken promises that, according to one source, he “just wants out.”
The report states that controversial front office figure Jack Easterby was the driving force behind the hiring of Nick Caserio as the team’s new general manager in a move that defied the team’s own search firm. Owner Cal McNair had previously said publicly that Easterby would not have a role on the team’s search committee, but Easterby actually accompanied McNair when the Texans met with Caserio.
Notably not involved was Watson, despite McNair’s promises that he would get a say in the hiring process. Watson, already upset with the Texans, was further angered during Caserio’s introductory press conference when McNair said he “understood (Watson’s) point of view before meeting with candidates.” A source said Watson found this remark “patronizing.”
Watson is portrayed as simply fed up with the drama and lack of direction. He spoke with McNair toward the end of the season and said he wanted to help establish a winning culture similar to what he had done at Clemson. McNair gave him assurances at that time that he would have a say in the GM and coach hiring processes, making Watson feel even more disrespected when that did not happen.
The Texans are clearly aware of Watson’s anger, and they’ve been on the receiving end of major criticism, including from franchise icon Andre Johnson. In response, the report says Easterby has called members of the team, often in tears, stating that he has had to move to a hotel because his family has received death threats, asking players to support him privately to Watson. Easterby denied the nature of the phone calls.
The entire story is well worth your time and includes a number of other anecdotes about just how dysfunctional the Texans are internally.
There is no doubt whatsoever that Watson is unhappy. The quarterback has essentially confirmed it himself. This raises the question of whether his relationship with the organization can even be salvaged, or if it’s too far gone and the Texans will be left with no choice but to trade their star quarterback.
Deshaun Watson has yet to say anything publicly about the numerous reports that he wants out of Houston, but apparently he has been in contact with at least one member of the Texans organization.
Texans owner Cal McNair acknowledged on Friday that Watson and Texans fans may be unhappy with him. He said he will “apologize for my actions or communications that have created mistrust” and also noted that he has exchanged text messages with Watson.
“Deshaun and I connected over texts since he’s returned from vacation and I believe in dealing with the personnel issues directly with the players, but in conjunction with our general manager … Deshaun, it’s no secret that he’s disappointed in the communication during the (general manager) hiring process,” McNair said, via Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston.
Watson is said to be furious that the Texans hired Nick Caserio as their general manager without consulting him. He may not be unhappy with the hire itself, but the quarterback was led to believe he would play a role in the decision and felt McNair did not follow through. The Texans also reportedly ignored their own search firm when hiring Caserio.
The fact that Watson had some communication with McNair is a step in the right direction, as there was a significant period when they were unable to get in touch with him. That does not, however, mean everything has been sorted out.
McNair was asked if Watson will have input in the team’s head coaching search, and he said he expects that to be the case.
“That’s the intent,” McNair said. “We want him in the loop and part of the process.”
There have been rumblings that Watson wanted the Texans to hire Eric Bieniemy as their next head coach. The Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator was not initially viewed as a candidate for the job, though Houston has since had contact with him.
McNair said the Texans are not planning to trade Watson. Given how upset Watson supposedly is with the franchise, it’s no guarantee that will remain the case.
Deshaun Watson is not on good terms with the Houston Texans at the moment, and one of the greatest players in franchise history says he can understand why.
Former Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson took to Twitter on Tuesday to rip the Texans. Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowler, said he would “stand my ground” if he were in Watson’s position. He also blasted vice president of football operations Jack Easterby and said only bad things have happened in Houston since Easterby was hired.
Easterby came to the Texans from the New England Patriots, where he was a character coach and eventually became team development director. He was in charge of character development rather than talent evaluation, which is why Bill Belichick recently gave this brutally honest quote about him.
DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded to the Arizona Cardinals from Houston last year, agreed with Johnson.
Johnson, who is the Texans’ all-time leader in just about every receiving category, had been working with the team in an advisory role at one point. He said last summer that he was no longer on the staff anymore.
Watson is reportedly furious with the Texans that they did not involve him in their general manager search, among other reasons. You can read more about the situation here.
Deshaun Watson has yet to comment publicly on reports that he wants out of Houston, but the star quarterback is clearly furious with the Texans.
Watson and many other Texans players were unhappy with former head coach Bill O’Brien last offseason when DeAndre Hopkins was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. ESPN’s Adam Schefter appeared on “Get Up!” Monday morning and compared Watson’s level of anger now to how upset he was when Hopkins was dealt. Schefter said he was told Watson’s discontent may have been at a 2/10 then but is at a 10/10 now.
The root of frustration for Watson is that he was told he would have input in Houston’s general manager search. Team owner Cal McNair then ignored Watson and the search firm the Texans hired to assist with hiring a GM. It seemed like Nick Caserio was the choice all along.
Caserio is a former New England Patriots employee, and Schefter noted that Watson may also be unhappy about that. We all saw how things ended with O’Brien, who previously worked under Bill Belichick.
Watson also reportedly wanted the Texans to interview Eric Bieniemy for their head coaching vacancy, and the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator was not part of the search.
Watson has not spoken with the Texans in days, and there has been talk that he could hold out. Houston has reportedly entertained the idea of a blockbuster quarterback swap with another AFC team.