The Houston Texans are, as we all know, one of those teams seeking a new head coach. The one year experiment with David Culley wound up being the kind of experiment that gets you kicked out of science class for the rancid smell and nauseating smoke it leaves behind. Professor Caserio is trying to do better on Experiment Number 2. The rest of the class (i.e. Houston Texan fans) seem skeptical right now that this hire won't yield a poisonous, Culley-esque explosion, as well.
The Texans have conducted three interviews with former journeyman QB (and zero time coach at any level) Josh McCown and two in-person, second interviews with the four other known candidates. Those second interviews went to Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Right now, Chargers OC Joe Lombardi, former Dolphins HC Brian Flores, and current college assistant and former Steelers WR Hines Ward are all still sitting at "conducted first interview" status.
So where does all this stand? Let's dive in, shall we?
Let's start with the two tweets from the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero announcing McCown's second interview in Houston on Friday:
Former NFL quarterback Josh McCown is in Houston today for a second interview with the #Texans about their head coaching job, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 28, 2022
McCown has told the team he’s all-in. Now, he’s the first known finalist.
Now, if somebody from within the Texans (or McCown's camp, for that matter, although they may be one and the same at this point) were feeding that information, along with the subjective "all in" assertion to Pelissero, they are doing the public perception of McCown's candidacy a HUGE disservice. First, the contention that McCown has "told the team he's all-in," let's start there. If I'm hiring someone who has to declare that he's "all in" on being a head coach, then I do NOT want that person as my head coach! Being "all in" is the bare minimum for being merely a mediocre head coach, let alone someone a team is attaching its star to in such a risky fashion.
The #Texans explored hiring Josh McCown a year ago, but he didn’t feel ready and wanted to watch his sons play high school football. This time is different and he’s a serious candidate for the job. https://t.co/XWfGaMmxcp— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 28, 2022
Secondly, in the follow up tweet, Pelissero tweeting that McCown didn't feel ready last year for head coaching in the NFL — by the way, nor should he have, HE HAS NEVER COACHED EVER BEFORE! — and decided to evidently BECOME ready by watching his kid play high school football is laughable. It's hard to find anybody around the NFL that isn't high on McCown's acumen and leadership, as a player. Assuming those things translate to embracing the grind of coaching and being an actual ACCOUNTABLE leader of an entire enterprise is two ENTIRELY different things. As a person whose life is driven by compelling content, I am here for a Josh McCown hire. As a fan of the Texans, I am terrified.
OK, now onto the report of Gannon's second interview, courtesy of Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
For what it's worth, here is a poll on whom Texan fans prefer between McCown and Gannon:
Rapoport mentions that there could be more second interviews coming. As mentioned previously, Flores, Ward, and Lombardi have all had first interviews that were announced by the team. Rams OC Kevin O'Connell was reported to have had a first interview by Adam Schefter of ESPN, but the team has never confirmed that.
#Penderpoll … since we’ve seen the reports of both JOSH McCOWN and JONATHAN GANNON getting second interviews with the #WeAreTexans .. who would YOU choose as the next head coach? @SportsRadio610— Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) January 29, 2022
For what it's worth, here were the approval ratings of each of the six candidates (I'll include O'Connell for the hell of it) in polls I conducted on Twitter with Texans fans:
FLORES — 84.2%
O’CONNELL – 53.8%
GANNON — 39.6%
LOMBARDI — 32.3%
McCOWN – 11.2%
WARD — 10.3%
The search for the next Texans head coach looks like it's going to roll on for a few more days, at least.
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