The Houston Texans appear to suppose they’ll win a standoff with quarterback Deshaun Watson. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is aware of that the staff received’t.
McClain, who has lined the Texans since their debut in 2002 and the Houston Oilers earlier than that, makes the case that the time has come for the Texans to commerce Watson. McClain’s voice is a crucial one; he’s been a part of the material of Houston sports activities for many years. His phrases have affect. His voice has affect. Any Texans followers who don’t already perceive and assist Watson’s issues will probably be extra probably to take action as soon as studying McClain’s column on the matter.
Many nationwide voices have been saying for weeks what McClain is at present saying. It will likely be a lot more durable for the Texans to disregard McClain than it has been for the staff to disregard the opinions of outsiders.
McClain additionally makes some extent domestically that some have made nationally: The Texans ought to attempt to pit the Jets towards the Dolphins for Watson, which may spark a bidding warfare that can get the Texans much more for Watson.
There are conflicting experiences on whether or not Watson truly desires to play for the Jets, nevertheless. The problem for Watson turns into discovering a brand new staff that, in giving up no matter it should to get Watson, received’t plunge right into a perpetual 6-10 cycle throughout Watson’s prime years. The Dolphins, with the third general decide (from Houston) and second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, appear to have the ammunition to make the deal with out compromising the present trajectory of the staff.
The Dolphins additionally can be well-suited to confess that, as short-list franchise quarterbacks go, Tagovailoa probably received’t grow to be one.
Whether or not it’s the Dolphins, Jets, Broncos, 49ers, Panthers, or another person, McClain is true. The Texans want to just accept actuality and get the perfect deal for Watson, now. As time passes, groups will transfer on to different choices, narrowing the universe of potential Watson locations. Few doubt that Watson will avoid the staff, which implies that the Texans must be ready to not have Watson this 12 months and to not get something in return for him, apart from the $20.2 million he’d forfeit and/or pay for the privilege of not taking part in for the Texans.
That cash, whereas hardly chump change, will do nothing to make a foul staff higher. Jerking round Watson received’t do a lot to steer gamers with choices to decide on the Texans, both.
That’s the opposite difficulty that ought to concern the Texans. Different gamers are watching this steaming vat of dysfunction, in search of indicators that the Texans prepared and in a position to admit their wayward course and switch issues round. Organising a season-long standoff with Watson shouldn’t be the best way to do it; acknowledging duty for the deterioration of the connection turns into step one in persuading others that the Texans perceive what it’s going to take to start to behave like a standard NFL franchise.
Eliminating Jack Easterby wouldn’t damage, both. However the Texans have to re-learn to stroll earlier than they’ll re-learn to run.