REPORT: Deshaun Watson ‘Upset’ With Texans Declining To Interview Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy For Head Coach
It’s been a crazy Thursday for Texans fans as they woke up to reports that Deshaun Watson “broached with teammates the possibility of requesting a trade.”
Florio touched on potential unhappiness from Watson regarding the direction of the franchise, which fired head coach/GM Bill O’Brien during the season and just hired former Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio to be the new GM.
On Thursday, NBC Sports’ Peter King joined Dale & Keefe and said he believes Watson is upset the team hasn’t interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to be its next head coach.
“I really can’t, at least right now,” King said when asked if he thinks the Texans would ever trade Watson. “I think Deshaun Watson is probably pretty upset that the Texans won’t even interview Eric Bieniemy. Deshaun Watson is pretty close to Patrick Mahomes and I’m sure Mahomes is saying, You would be killer with Eric Bieniemy.’ And I don’t quite understand it, really.
“As somebody in the league told me about a week ago when I was asking about doing Zoom interviews for his team — this is a team president of a team who has some availability right now — and he goes, ‘It’s almost the worst news, but in some ways, it’s the best news. It’s the worst news because it’s different when you interview someone on Zoom versus interviewing him in person, but the good part of it is now if we want to interview John Doe and normally you’d get on the owners plane and you’d fly somewhere and you’d interview a guy, maybe have dinner with them, all that stuff, it might be a 5-6 hour proposition. But this year, it’s an hour-and-a-half or two hours and you basically do a lot of interviews and you decide at that point who do you want to go forward with and interview a second and maybe even third time.’
“That’s why — how hard is it to invest two hours with Eric Bieniemy? And not just to check a box, either. I mean, who wouldn’t want to interview a guy who has been at the right hand of Andy Reid for eight years in Kansas City and watch that thing get built the right way? It’s not the first thing the Texans have done to make me scratch my head, but it certainly is the current one.”
On top of that news is Watson reportedly not taking any phone calls from the Texans front office: