The Houston Texans had no shot of success in 2021.
David Culley was hired and even though he led arguably the worst roster in football to a 4-13 finish, he was fired after one season.
It was rather clear he had no long-term future from the start.
The Texans are now embarking on another head coaching search and are joined by a quarter of the NFL in that process.
Yet for some reason, the organization is focusing in on a candidate they also interviewed last year.
The only problem is they are the only team interested in him.
We completed an interview with Josh McCown for our head coaching position today.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 21, 2022
Former journeyman quarterback Josh McCown was interviewed by the team for the second year in a row.
He had a brief stint with the team in 2020 and his veteran status made him an obvious choice to help younger players in Houston.
But is he qualified to lead the franchise?
A Potentially Risky Hire
The main critique against McCown is that he has zero coaching experience, unless you could his wise words as a backup for so many years.
There is no qualification that a head coach must have a ton of experience.
Everyone has to start somewhere, right?
Yet it may make more sense for McCown to start as a quarterbacks coach or even an offensive coordinator before leading an NFL franchise.
NFL insider Mike Florio wrote an interesting piece saying the Texans are hoping someone else will interview McCown in order to legitimize their interest in him.
The Texans are working hard to get media to normalize the idea of hiring a head coach who has no college or pro coaching experience, in any capacity. I really like and respect Josh McCown, but the idea of making him a head coach is offensive to anyone who has paid their dues.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 21, 2022
The fact they are the only team with interest may say a lot.
Such interest in McCown can be seen as the Texans trying to overthink the process, while also disrespecting coaches who have worked their way up into the head coaching conversation.
But being unorthodox sometimes works, and the Texans seem up for trying anything at this point.