We completed an interview with Josh McCown for our head coaching position today.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 21, 2022
Perhaps the second time will be the charm since McCown interviewed for this job at just about the same time last year.
— Browns Dispatch (@brownsdispatch) January 22, 2021
McCown, 42, has played for 12 NFL teams with the most recent being the Texans in 2020.
Here are the reasons why McCown might be the perfect fit for this job.
1. Lots Of Playing Experience
Given that McCown spent nearly half of his life in the NFL, he will have plenty of experience to draw from during those playing years.
He would certainly be a players’ coach because he is not too removed from his playing career.
McCown has seen plenty during his time with these teams: Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, and Houston Texans.
Applying what worked and did not work from these experiences could be a viable plan.
He also has plenty of relationships with former coaches and coordinators who may be willing to mentor him in a head coaching capacity.
McCown could build an experienced staff that could help him learn the ropes of the job as he goes.
Would I hire Josh McCown as HC?
No…but I don't own the team.
Certainly would be an interesting hire – he'd need a great staff, particularly DC, OC, OL.
Lots of applicants would send their resume' to work for him.
As with any coach, he would need to win games or be fired.
— Reggie Williams (@regwilliams_set) January 21, 2022
2. Native Of Texas
Josh McCown has long been on the Texans’ radar. And yes, as an HC. 18-year veteran, countless locker rooms, and an East Texas HS football legend. The key for him is whether or not he can hire a staff around him. Lovie Smith, still under contract as the DC, coached McCown in NFL.
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) January 21, 2022
McCown grew up in Jacksonville, Texas which is less than 200 miles away from Houston.
He also went to college in Texas at both SMU and Sam Houston State.
If the hometown boy gets the job and fixes this troubled franchise, he would be a hero in the Lone Star State forever.
3. Lack Of Coaching Experience
This is where the adage “ignorance is bliss” could be helpful.
Though there are plenty of drawbacks to hiring McCown because he has never formally coached in any capacity in the NFL, the one advantage is that he has no prior experience to compare with it.
The Texans appear to be in a dysfunctional state with no resolution on the Deshaun Watson issue.
That is just one of the problems the new head coach has to deal with.
Maybe not knowing how bad the situation is because he has been nowhere else to compare it with will make his life more bearable.
4. A Mentor For Davis Mills
A beneficiary of the Texans hiring McCown could be Davis Mills.
Mills had some late-season success.
Davis Mills was the most accurate rookie QB in football (61% accurate pass percentage) 🌲 pic.twitter.com/m4ymNGaojf
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) January 15, 2022
McCown has mentored young quarterbacks while he played so this would be a natural role that he could easily pick up.
McCown is one of several candidates in consideration for this job.
It really is not in his favor that he interviewed in 2021 and did not get it.
He has not added any meaningful NFL coaching experience since that time.
It also does not help his cause that ProFootballTalk is reporting that the Texans want other teams to interview him to boost the idea that he is a viable option.
The Texans want someone else to "interview" Josh McCown, to legitimize their desire to hire him. Will a "conversation" with the Jaguars be good enough? We'll see. https://t.co/qsBsXh5bEe
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 21, 2022
This is the type of thinking that has gotten the Texans where they are today.
They have young and talented players.
Building around them and resolving the looming shadow of Deshaun Watson should be the top priorities for the front office and whoever is named the next head coach.