Texans: Head coach search takes wild turn with former QB Josh McCown
By Cory Kinnan
It seems that at just about ever minute the head coaching search of the Houston Texans gets more wild. Yesterday it seemed like the search was down to Eric Bieniemy (Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator) and Leslie Frazier (Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator), but then today more news on the front came to light.
Just today, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported that neither Bieniemy nor Frazier were the top dog on the list, but instead it was Matt Eberflus (Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator) who had most impressed the front office in Houston. Just when you think more clarity is on the way, Houston throws us all a curveball.
That was not even the best pitch the front office had as they then threw a burning heater, breaking out two more coaching interviews. One was former head coach Jim Caldwell, a respectable name around the league and a logical candidate. However, the other was not as expected as they also completed an interview with longtime journeyman quarterback Josh McCown.
Texans getting too cute with head coaching search
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At some point, the line between due diligence and getting too cute with a process gets crossed. By interviewing a player who has not yet retired from his playing career (again), general manager Nick Caserio and his team have crossed that line.
Being the last team to hire a head coach, there is no longer a scent that needs to be thrown off, no extra ground that needs to be covered or hidden. Needing a culture reset, and a big one, hiring a wild card player who has not even hung up the cleats yet is an unnecessary risk the Texans need to take.
The other three in Eberflus, Bieniemy, and Frazier have been in the league a long time, so hiring one of them would be a home run hire. Heck, even going ultra-conservative with the hire and landing on Jim Caldwell may even be beneficial in Houston; an uncertainty with absolutely no experience coaching is too much to bite off.
As long as Jack Easterby is a member of the organization, this fanbase can continue to expect unpredictable moves from the franchise. The trade of DeAndre Hopkins, the power grab over the search committee and hiring of Caserio, and now the head coach hire looming. There truly is no way to predict what move Houston will make next.