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Report: Texans passed over Josh McCown for 1 reason

Josh McCown throwing

For much of the Houston Texans’ search process, Josh McCown was rumored to be the preferred choice as head coach. Ultimately, though, Lovie Smith was somewhat abruptly hired instead.

The Texans were poised to hire McCown as head coach, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. That changed, however, when Brian Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL and three of its teams alleging racial discrimination in hiring and firing practices. While the Texans were not named as a defendant, the team’s treatment of fired coach David Culley was cited as evidence to back Flores’ case.

At that point, the Texans were already bracing for a backlash if they hired McCown due to his lack of coaching experience at any level. Once the Flores lawsuit was filed, the proposition became a non-starter, as the team was aware they would be hiring McCown at the expense of more experienced minority candidates. That led them to pivot to Smith, who would have remained in his role as defensive coordinator under McCown.

The Texans were so serious about McCown that they were reportedly hoping another team would want to speak to him to add legitimacy to their hire. Ultimately, their calculations were correct; hiring McCown would have sparked a significant backlash, and Flores may have even used it to support his allegations. The organization apparently decided they did not need that kind of PR crisis.

Photo: New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown throws the ball during warm ups. The New York Jets host the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6 on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com

Report: Texans have 3 finalists for head coach job

Brian Flores on the field

The Houston Texans are getting closer to naming a new head coach, and it appears they have narrowed their search to three candidates.

Brian Flores, who has interviewed with the Texans twice, is considered a finalist. According to USA Today’s Josina Anderson, Flores is joined by Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and Josh McCown.

Anderson noted that the Texans’ feelings on Flores have not changed since the former Miami Dolphins coach filed a lawsuit against the NFL and several teams on Tuesday.

The Texans also like Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, but he is expected to be hired by the Minnesota Vikings.

McCown was in the running for the Houston job before they hired David Culley last year. The former journeyman quarterback has no prior NFL coaching experience, which is why the Texans were heavily criticized for considering him a year ago.

Flores has also interviewed with the New Orleans Saints. He was believed to be a finalist for the New York Giants job at one point, but we all know how that turned out.

Photo: Dec 19, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores runs off the field after winning the game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Josh McCown a finalist for 1 head coach job

Josh McCown throwing

Josh McCown has no experience coaching at either the NFL or collegiate level, but the former quarterback reportedly has a real shot at landing a head coaching job heading into 2022.

McCown was in Houston on Friday for a second interview with the Texans, according to Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. McCown has expressed to the team how badly he wants the job and is considered a finalist.

McCown interviewed for the Texans job last year before Houston hired David Culley. The team was heavily criticized for considering McCown due to his lack of experience. Apparently that is not a major concern for them.

There is at least one other team that has spoken with McCown, though the Texans are clearly his most realistic option.

McCown played for 12 different teams during his NFL career, including the Texans in 2020. He was one of the most highly respected players in the league. But, again, he has no prior head coaching experience. Houston would be taking a risk by hiring him, especially the complicated Deshaun Watson situation still playing out.

Photo: New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown throws the ball during warm ups. The New York Jets host the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6 on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com

Texans reportedly have surprising wish for Josh McCown

Josh McCown throwing

The Houston Texans’ public flirtation with Josh McCown as a head coach candidate looks more than legitimate at this point.

Despite his lack of coaching experience, McCown appears to be a serious candidate for the Texans’ head coaching position. In fact, chatter is growing throughout the league that the Texans seriously want to hire McCown, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

To that end, Florio reports that the Texans are hopeful that another team will interview McCown, believing that would add legitimacy to his candidacy. Perhaps not coincidentally, Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson reported Friday that the Jacksonville Jaguars had at least spoken with McCown.

The Texans have to be somewhat serious about McCown if they are speaking to him again. After all, they attracted widespread criticism for interviewing him last year. Though he spent 17 years in the NFL, McCown has no coaching experience at the NFL or college level. Any questions about his qualifications are fair, especially when the team seems to have more accomplished options.

Photo: New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown throws the ball during warm ups. The New York Jets host the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6 on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com

Josh McCown in mix for NFL head coaching job?

Josh McCown

Josh McCown was a staple in the NFL for nearly two decades, and now he may be taking his talents to the sideline.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Thursday that the longtime NFL quarterback McCown interviewed with the Houston Texans for their head coach position.

McCown, 42, was in the league for 17 years, making stops with a whopping twelve different NFL teams. The Texans were the last of those teams, having signed McCown in 2020. They released him before he played in a single game for them however.

The Texans are now looking for a head coach to replace David Culley, who was fired earlier this month after just one season in charge. Interestingly enough, this is now their second time interviewing McCown. The team interviewed him last year before hiring Culley in a move that drew widespread criticism.

Regardless of if McCown gets the job this time around, the Texans appear to have a clear type as they search for their next coach. Earlier this month, they interviewed another surprising former NFL player for the job.

Photo: New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown throws the ball during warm ups. The New York Jets host the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6 on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com

Josh McCown could reportedly return to NFL roster this season

Josh McCown

Josh McCown drew consideration for NFL coaching jobs last year, but he has not officially retired as a player. Once the high school football season ends, McCown may have an opportunity to play again.

McCown is currently coaching his son’s high school team in Texas, but Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that several NFL teams are keeping tabs on the 42-year-old. The high school season will be complete around Week 9 or Week 10.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets both expressed interest in McCown during the offseason, and they may still want to sign him. McCown is viewed as a tremendous locker room presence and could be a valuable asset as a mentor for a young quarterback.

The Texans expressed interest in hiring McCown as a head coach last offseason, but he withdrew his name from consideration and instead focused on coaching his son’s high school team. If he does sign with an NFL team, it could be one that envisions adding him to the coaching staff after the 2021 season.

Report: Zach Wilson spoke to ex-Jets QBs about playing in New York

Zach Wilson

It looks like a certainty that the New York Jets will make Zach Wilson the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft. Being a young quarterback in New York is notoriously difficult, and Wilson appears to be taking steps to prepare himself for the experience.

John Beck, Wilson’s personal quarterback coach, told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala that Wilson has reached out to former Jets quarterbacks Chad Pennington, Josh McCown, and Mark Sanchez. Wilson spoke with the ex-Jets about what it’s like to play quarterback for the Jets and how to negotiate the attention and pressure that comes with it.

Wilson certainly made solid choices. That’s especially true of Sanchez, who was a first-round pick with massive expectations but ultimately became best remembered for one of the most embarrassing plays in NFL history. Obviously the hope is that Wilson ends up much better than that, but being prepared to deal with scrutiny is a key part of the BYU quarterback’s future, and Sanchez knows that well.

Wilson has been favorably compared to another outstanding young quarterback. The Jets would be very happy if they get that sort of player, and they have to be very pleased with what they’re hearing about his pre-draft preparation.

Josh McCown reveals Sam Darnold’s mindset about Jets’ QB situation

Sam Darnold

The trade speculation surrounding Sam Darnold has cooled considerably in recent weeks, and it seems likely that the quarterback will remain with the team in 2021. He may not be guaranteed a starting job, however, which is something Josh McCown thinks the former USC star would embrace.

McCown, who was teammates with Darnold in 2018, spoke with ESPN’s Rich Cimini about the situation the Jets have put Darnold in over the past three seasons. He believes they are well positioned for the future but were not when they drafted Darnold. Despite that, he insists Darnold is maintaining a positive attitude.

“To be on the cusp of [an organizational reboot] and have them go, ‘Yeah, that’s not going to be for you, that’s going to be for somebody else’ — no doubt, it’s hard,” McCown said. “But I have not felt any negativity from him at all. He’s always positive and always has a great mindset. That speaks to his character and what he’s about.”

The Jets have the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Most analysts believe they’re going to draft BYU’s Zach Wilson. Should that happen, McCown believes Darnold would be ready to fight for a starting job.

“Sam would embrace it and be helpful, but he’d also go out and work hard and try to make the most of the opportunity to play this year — and put it back on them and make them have to make a tough decision at the end of the year,” McCown said. “I think, if that happens, really and truly, everybody wins.”

It was initially believed that the Jets would either trade Darnold or the No. 2 pick, but we recently explained why they may not do either.

Darnold has passed for 45 touchdowns and 39 interceptions in 38 career games. He has dealt with mono, a foot injury and a shoulder injury in his first three seasons and also had to play under Adam Gase. It’s easy to make the argument that he hasn’t reached his full potential, but he’ll have to work to prove that.

Josh McCown likely to join Texans coaching staff after release?

Josh McCown

The Houston Texans released quarterback Josh McCown on Monday. That will likely spell the end of his NFL career, but could mark the start of his coaching journey.

Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk suggests that McCown could take on an assistant coaching role with Houston in 2021. The quarterback has long been viewed as a future NFL coach, having been praised for his mentoring skills and experience.

Smith adds that McCown is “likely to have some role with the team,” even if it is not as a full-time coach. He notes that the team facility is only about 90 minutes from the McCown family home, making it plausible that McCown could stay around the team even without a full-time role.

The Texans liked McCown enough to let him interview for their head coaching job. In fact, there was some chatter that the eventual hire is just keeping the seat warm for the former quarterback. If he joins the staff, especially in a full-time role, those rumors will intensify.

Is Josh McCown the head coach-in-waiting for the Texans?

Josh McCown

The Houston Texans drew a great deal of criticism when they gave Josh McCown a head coaching interview last month, but apparently we need to view the former quarterback as a serious candidate for the job in the future.

John Granato of ESPN 97.5 in Houston said Tuesday that the Texans consider McCown to be their head coach-in-waiting. While there is an obvious difference between radio hosts and reporters, Granato did not sound uncertain.

“This is a real thing. Josh McCown will be your head coach within three years,” he said, via Lance Zierlein of NFL.com. “He’s the coach-in-waiting.”

The Texans signed McCown off the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad back in November. They then interviewed him for their head coaching vacancy before giving the job to 65-year-old David Culley. McCown is expected to be a part of Culley’s staff, so he will have a chance to climb the ladder in Houston.

Several people unloaded on the Texans for interviewing McCown instead of other, more qualified candidates. You can see some of the tweets criticizing the team here.

McCown, 41, was one of the most respected players in football during his lengthy career. He was a leader with numerous teams, and many feel he will be a head coach in the NFL someday. Perhaps that time will come sooner rather than later.