HUSTON – Former Texas Houston successor Andre Johnson tweeted his thoughts on the current situation around quarterback Deschaun Watson’s dissatisfaction with the team, saying: “If I’m [Watson], I will defend my position. “
“The Texas organization is known for losing players’ careers,” added the former All-Pro successor. “Since Jack Easterby entered the building, nothing good has happened to the organization and for some reason no one can see what is happening. Too bad !!!”
Broad successor DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded by former Texas head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien, also tweeted, “When Dre speaks, listen.”
Johnson, the leader of the Texas franchise in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, played for Houston from 2003 to ’14. His last season was O’Brien’s first with the team. After Johnson retired, he moved into a role with the Texas coaching staff at O’Brien. In August, Johnson left the Texas coaching staff but continued as Texas ambassador. Johnson and Easterby have overlapped with the organization for more than a year.
Eastbury, Texas’s executive vice president of football operations, was hired by O’Brien and team chairman and CEO Cal McNair in 2019. After McNair fired O’Brien in October, he named Romeo Crennel as the team’s interim head coach. and gave Easterby responsibility for the human resources department.
McNair initially said that Easterby would not be involved in the process of hiring the next general manager of Texas, Nick Caserio, but said he had asked for Easterby’s comments “about Nick as a leader” during the decision-making process.
“Jack and I had a really special relationship,” Caserio said in his introductory press conference. “It goes back a few years ago. … I have a lot of respect and admiration. Any personnel decisions that will be made will be made as a group, but in the end it is a responsibility that Cal has given me to do. with the personnel side of football operations, so expectations are ahead.
“Jack will have a role and we will certainly work together on a number of things. But when it comes to football decisions, that will ultimately be my decision with the head coach once we get to that point, too.”
On the day the Texans announced they had hired Caserio, there were several media reports that Watson was unhappy with the hiring process. According to ESPN’s Adam Shefter, Watson has learned on social media that the Texans intend to hire Caserio. Although there have been several reports of his unhappiness, Watson’s lonely reaction to hiring a general manager came in the form of a tweet that has since been deleted, saying that “some things never change …”
On Friday, McNair said he contacted Watson but did not receive a response from the quarterback while on vacation.