The Houston Texans seem to think they will win a draw with quarterback Deschawn Watson. John McClain from The Houston Chronicle he knows the team won’t.
McClain, who covered the Texans since their debut in 2002 and the Houston Oilers before that, said the time had come for the Texas to trade with Watson. McClain’s voice is important; he has been part of the fabric of sports in Houston for decades. His words have an impact. His voice has influence. All Texas fans who still don’t understand and support Watson’s concerns will be more likely to do so after reading McClain’s column on the subject.
Many national voices have been saying for weeks what McClain is currently saying. It will be much harder for the Texans to ignore McClain than for the team to ignore the opinions of outsiders.
McClain also cites a local opinion that some have made nationally: Texans should try to send the jets against the dolphins to Watson, which could spark a bidding war that will bring the Texans even more to Watson.
There are conflicting reports as to whether Watson actually wants to play for the Jets. The challenge for Watson is finding a new team that, by giving up what it takes to get Watson, will not plunge into an eternal 6-10 cycle during Watson’s best years. The Dolphins, with their third overall pick (from Houston) and second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, appear to have the ammunition to close the deal without disrupting the team’s current trajectory.
The Dolphins would also be very apt to admit that with the opening of the franchise, the Quarbeats on the Tagovailoa shortlist are unlikely to become one.
Whether it’s the Dolphins, the Jets, the Broncos, the 49s, the Panthers or someone else, McClain is right. The Texans need to accept reality and get the best deal for Watson now. Over time, interested teams will move on to other options, narrowing the universe to Watson’s potential destinations. Few doubt that Watson will stay away from the team, which means Texans must be prepared not to have Watson this year and gain nothing in return except the $ 20.2 million he would lose and / or paid the privilege of not playing for the Texans.
This money, although unlikely to change the change, will do nothing to improve the bad team. The chatter around Watson also won’t do much to convince players with options to choose the Texans.
This is the other issue that should affect Texans. Other players watch this smoky box with dysfunction, looking for signs that Texans are willing and able to acknowledge their wayward course and turn things around. Creating a long-standing conflict with Watson is not the way to do it; Recognizing responsibility for deteriorating relationships is the first step in convincing others that Texans understand what it will take to start behaving like a normal franchise in the NFL.
Getting rid of Jack Easterby won’t hurt either. But Texans need to learn to walk again before they can learn to run again.