Such a role naturally leads one to believe he could serve well in the coaching ranks, given all the years of being a backup.
But is he ready to be a head coach as soon as next season?
McCown’s name is in the news because he was recently interviewed by the Houston Texans for their head coaching vacancy.
He was interviewed last year as well before the job went to David Culley.
We completed an interview with Josh McCown for our head coaching position today.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 21, 2022
His lack of head coaching experience makes the former quarterback an unorthodox potential hire.
It also has fans on social media reacting in a polarizing way.
I would much rather my team hire Josh McCown than Dan Quinn. I definitely understand peoples frustrations considering the lack of qualifications and diversity among coaches. To me the bigger problem is recycling mediocre coaches, not taking shots on new ones.
— The Gambling Auditer (@gamblingauditer) January 21, 2022
NFL World Reacts To The Josh McCown Interview
Some of those reacting believe hiring McCown would be a slap in the face to candidates who have spent years rising up the coaching ranks.
I think the @FritzPollard03 is awesome but black coaches should form their own union. The only way the @NFL will take minority hiring seriously is if all black coaches no matter of what they coach… it’s comical how many black coaches are overlooked for people like Josh McCown
— JC (@jccarm) January 21, 2022
Josh McCown ia a high school assistant football coach and journeyman NFL QB.
This is not for a position coach gig. This is for the HC job.
— John Walters (@jdubs1966) January 21, 2022
The Houston Texans replacing David Culley with Josh McCown & Mike Tomlin being the NFL's only black head coach at the end of the hiring cycle wouldn't surprise me.
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) January 21, 2022
There is a specific focus on how McCown is jumping past a long list of minority coaches who have spent so long waiting for an opportunity to lead a franchise.
But it’s important to remember McCown is just one of many people being interviewed by the franchise.
Some who are reacting are actually excited to see his name mentioned.
Have no idea what you’re talking about, but Josh McCown is an under-the-radar NFL coaching candidate whose inexperience might be a benefit rather than a detriment because he comes in with a clear head & fresh ideas. He’s worked for everything he’s got. And he learns well, so … https://t.co/SPojecu1pZ
— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) January 21, 2022
Josh McCown has been lauded in NFL circles as being a future coach. The jump straight to head coach is interesting, but smart people in the NFL aren’t surprised. I believe @PatKirwan_NFL and @JimMiller_NFL have mentioned it frequently.
— St. Charlie (@FrenchmenPod) January 21, 2022
I don’t see the Josh McCown interview as a loss for the Texans. You have a young rookie qb who showed some upside and can use a HC like McCown who can develop them with a lot of experience while also running the offense and defense. He has so much IQ, I can see why they talked.
— Legoron (@Legoron1) January 21, 2022
There is no telling how good or bad McCown can be as a head coach because he has never done it before.
It is just still shocking the Texans would consider him over literally anyone else with coaching experience, whether that be a former head coach or coordinator.
Relegate the Texans to the CFL is they hire Josh McCown as their HC. https://t.co/spevaBn0Ub
— Jacob (@NotionsOfJacob) January 21, 2022
The Texans have interesting leadership, to say the least, and may just decide to take this unorthodox route.
If they do indeed hire McCown, the criticism will be fierce from the start.