The Deshaun Watson saga has been going on for weeks now and will only get bigger after the Super Bowl is over. The disgruntled QB has already requested a trade from the franchise, which has led to almost every fan base photoshopping him in their team’s uniform.
Chicago Bears safety Tashaun Gipson, who was released by Houston last offseason, decided to give everybody an inside look at what goes on in that franchise.
“Listen, man, I can tell you, honestly, not just from the outside, but speaking from the inside, it’s just different. It’s different,” Gipson said on The Hoge & Jahns Podcast.
“That’s no shade to anybody involved, but when you see an organization that loses a guy like DeAndre Hopkins and some of the moves and the things that they’ve made, it’s hard to (understand how you can’t) keep your franchise player who, in my opinion, he’s a top three quarterback in the National Football League. So when you lose a guy like that, it tells you a lot about what’s happening at the top.”
Executive vice president Jack Easterby has said close to nothing since being with the team, but he is at the head of most of the controversy as many have called on him to get fired and put far away from the NFL as possible.
The culture around the Texans has gotten so bad that a young phenom QB wants out less than a year after signing a four-year, $156 million extension.
Things have gotten terrible ever since the team blew a 24-0 lead against the Chiefs in the playoffs last season. That led to the team allowing Bill O’Brien to trade DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Then, owner Cal McNair told Watson he would be consulted on the new GM hire, only to do the opposite and allow Easterby to hire the Texans’ new general manager in Nick Caserio.
“My situation was completely different that Hops’ and completely different than (Watson’s) but it just shows the way that things are run there, it’s crazy when you think about it,” Gipson said. “Never in my wildest dreams would I thought that a quarterback in his prime – I mean, he hasn’t even hit his prime – for him to want out after he signed for a life changing contract, it’s on par with everything that everyone has been hearing. Let’s just say that.”
“He’s a good friend of mine and I have nothing but respect for him as a player and as a leader and where he ends up, he’s going to make that team a super contender,” Gipson said. “I can tell you that.”