Should the Houston Texans hire Stanford’s David Shaw?


Nov 30, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw runs onto the field with his players before the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Would Stanford’s head coach David Shaw be a good hire by the Houston Texans?

Houston Chronicle writer/columnist John McClain thinks so.

In a article on by Daniel Kim, he quotes McClain saying on the NFL Network:

“There’s going to be a lot of candidates. Shaw has an NFL background, NFL pedigree. He could leave Stanford for just about any job he wanted, but the Texans, I know, will check him out as well as Lovie Smith and some others.”

This is very interesting, but he does have what the Texans are looking for … an NFL background.

Plus, look at what the previous Stanford head coach has done in the NFL since leaving the school. Some guy named Jim Harbaugh. The same guy who took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl last season.

Shaw, who is 33-6 at Stanford since 2011, is really worth looking at, and though he does have an NFL background, I really don’t know if his lack of experience of being  head coach in the NFL will hinder this process.

It shouldn’t.

The article said Shaw has been an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens.

Shaw is a little busy right now as his Cardinal team meets Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game later today, and a win in that game would send Shaw and his team to the Rose Bowl.

Who knows? Shaw could stay put and continue to be a success in the collegiate game, or he could move to the next level and try his hand at being a NFL head coach. It seems the past two Pac-12 coaches to do so have fared well in the NFL (Harbaugh and Chip Kelly), as Kelly has brought the Philadelphia Eagles back to playoff contention in the NFL East.

Three months ago on The MMQB, Peter King wrote this about Shaw and his style of offensive coaching. Click here for the article.

If Shaw can coach offense at a high level, the Texans could really use his help, and if he or any other offensive-minded head coach is hired, does that seal the fact they will draft a quarterback with their first-round draft pick? I think it does, and I think they should, because I just don’t see Case Keenum leading the Texans to the Super Bowl in the next few seasons.

Keenum at times has shown he’s a pretty decent QB, but is he really the NFL starting QB of the future for the Texans? He has three more games to prove so.

What do all of you feel about Shaw being a top candidate to be the next head coach of the Texans?

Shaw has my interest … how about yours?