Texans look to move on and rebuild in wake of Watson trade
The Houston Texans look to move on in the wake of Friday’s trade of quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns, hoping the three first-round picks they received in the deal will help them improve a team that has been among the league’s worst the past two seasons.
🔒FULL INTERVIEW: NBC Sports NFL analyst and former Texas Longhorn Chris Simms dishes on the Super Bowl and the Texans’ head coaching hire of Lovie Smith
It's the beginning of Super Bowl week and NBC Sports national NFL analyst Chris Simms spoke with KPRC 2's Randy McIlvoy with his thoughts on the big game as well as the Houston Texans' head-coaching hire of Lovie Smith.
J.J. Watt says playing against Texans won’t be as emotional as some think
To Houstonians, J.J. Watt will always feel like a part of the fabric of the city. It’s not just what the three-time Defensive Player of the Year did on the field. Watt raised over $37 million for a relief fund after Hurricane Harvey. He threw out first pitches before Astros playoff games. He sent surprises to military families.
Nick Caserio comments on team’s relationship with Deshaun Watson
Nick Caserio has only been in his role as Texans general manager for a few months, and he’s had plenty on his plate. First, an unhappy quarterback in Deshaun Watson who wants to be traded. Caserio is also re-building the roster, as well as navigating how to handle the allegations against Deshaun Watson. First, on the Texans All Access podcast, commenting on the allegations against Watson:“We’re certainly cognizant and aware,” said Caserio. It’s a legal situation, it’s a legal process, so we’re certainly respectful of that” Caserio continued.
Four Thoughts on Nick Caserio's Latest Texans Roster Makeover Phase
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. As of Saturday morning, Caserio had acquired 30 new players for the Texans, though both trade and free agency signings. Nick Caserio has acquired a total of 29 players so far this offseason (25 free agents, 4 via trade). This will be a different looking #Texans team coming into the 2021 season. — NFL on Texans (@NFLOnTexans) March 20, 2021(NOTE: The Texans signed LB Jordan Jenkins after the above tweet, so adjust the numbers accordingly.)houstonpress.com
Four Thoughts on the Houston Texans Trading Benardrick McKinney
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Then, on Sunday morning, a much bigger bombshell came down, as longtime inside linebacker and defensive leader Benardrick McKinney was traded to the Miami Dolphins:Sources: The #Texans are trading Pro Bowl LB Benardrick McKinney to the #Dolphins for Shaq Lawson. It is nice to have an adult running things. Rick Smith, the Texans' GM at the time, acknowledged that the lines of communication opened by the Osweiler deal helped grease the skids for the Watson trade. Could the McKinney trade to Miami do the same for another deal involving Deshaun Watson?houstonpress.com
Houston Texans make 2 trades Sunday
Benardrick McKinney of the Houston Texans celebrates after a sack during the second half of a game against the Dallas Cowboys at NRG Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Houston, Texans. HOUSTON – New Texans General Manager Nick Caserio had a busy Sunday, completing two trades. According to multiple reports, the Houston Texans traded linebacker Benardrick McKinney to the Miami Dolphins for pass-rusher Shaq Lawson and a swap of late-round picks. The Texans also picked up offensive tackle Marcus Cannon from the New England Patriots by swapping their 4th, 5th and 6th round picks with New England. Cannon sat out the 2020 season due to COVID-19.
Four Thoughts on the Continued Houston Texans 2021 Roster Purge
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsBetween Nick Caserio's and David Culley's introductory press conferences, along with J.J. Watt's release, Fridays have become the unofficial "big news" day for the Houston Texans. That trend continued this past Friday, as new GM Nick Caserio continued to purge and reshape the Texans' roster. So David Johnson outlasted Duke Johnson, huh? Technically, yes, insomuch as David Johnson has not been cut YET.houstonpress.com
Tensions Rising Between Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. pic.twitter.com/aG3NgowDNq — Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) January 29, 2021And this from new head coach Culley:David Culley: "Deshaun Watson is a Houston Texan. He's the quarterback of the Houston Texans ... He is a Houston Texan, and I want him to be a Houston Texan, and the reason I'm in this position today is because I knew he's going to be a Houston Texan." He will only play for the Houston Texans.houstonpress.com
Texans introduce new coach Culley to chorus of Watson questions
HOUSTON – For the second straight press conference, questions about the future of Deshaun Watson with the Houston Texans dominated the conversation. David Culley, who officially became the fourth head coach in franchise history, and new General Manager Nick Caserio, shared thoughts on the Watson’s rumors. Whether or not Culley ends up being the right coach for the job, building around a franchise quarterback makes his job easier. And I did know at that point Deshaun Watson’s a Houston Texan. “The reason I’m in this position today is that I knew he’s going to be a Houston Texan.
Houston Texans introduce Head Coach David Culley
HOUSTON – David Culley became the coach of the Houston Texans believing Deshaun Watson would be his quarterback. “The reason I’m in this position today is because I knew he’s going to be a Houston Texan," Culley said. The only other minority candidate who was hired as a head coach this offseason was the New York Jets’ Robert Saleh, the league’s first Muslim head coach. “We have added a very well respected and experienced member to our Texans' family in our new head coach, David Culley," McNair said. The 65-year-old Culley becomes the fourth coach in Texans history, replacing Bill O’Brien, who was fired after the team opened the season 0-4.
Deshaun Watson Officially Requests a Trade
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. With the complete bungling of the franchise by owner Cal McNair apparently at the hands of the preacher-turned-football-guy Jack Easterby, the announcement on Thursday that franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson has officially requested a trade should come as no surprise. According to reports, Watson requested the trade weeks ago, but official word hit Twitter on Thursday. Watson has not spoken to new general manager Nick Caserio or anyone with the team. Deshaun Watson will be gone.houstonpress.com
Houston Texans Set to Name David Culley Next Head Coach
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Last week, former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell had his second interview, and first with new GM Nick Caserio. To be clear: The #Texans have offered the job to #Ravens assistant head coach David Culley and he’ll accept it. Houston has a new head coach. VOTE: — Sean Pendergast (@SeanTPendergast) January 21, 2021#Penderpoll for #Texans fans ... would you approve of a hire of Ravens WR coach DAVID CULLEY as next Texans head coach?houstonpress.com
Texans expected to hire Ravens’ David Culley as new head coach
HOUSTON – The Houston Texans have offered the job of head coach to David Culley. They are moving forward and finalizing a deal tonight with David Culley who had his 2nd interview this morning. currently the Ravens Asst Head Coach . — Randy McIlvoy (@KPRC2RandyMc) January 28, 2021.#Texans David Culley is 65 and been in the league 27 years , also in early 90's was WR Coach at Texas A&M under R.C. Culley has worked as an NFL assistant since 1994, also spending time with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Buffalo.
Four Teams To Whom the Texans Absolutely CANNOT Trade Deshaun Watson
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. It's brutal, and it will become even more brutal if, when Watson finally speaks, he digs in and says he will never play for the Texans again. That would force the team's hand — trade or him, or let him sit at home? It's very nuanced, with some teams able to offer better trade packages than others. Here, though, is where I will implore new general manager Nick Caserio that, if it comes to trading Watson, make sure you put certain teams on the "pay no mind" list.houstonpress.com
Deshaun Watson Has a Right To Be Angry With the Texans
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsDespite not having been quoted directly on the subject, it's no secret that reliable sources claim that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is not happy with his employer. These are the quarterbacks that Watson will be competing with for the next decade (barring a trade to the NFC). Among those five quarterbacks (Mahomes, Allen, Jackson, Mayfield, Watson):* Watson had the worst defense* Watson had the worst offensive line, and running game* Watson had, by far, the worst head coach* Watson had, by far, the worst general manager* Watson had, by far, the worst deterioration of weapons during the year, starting with the Hopkins trade, and ending with Fuller's suspensionSo, yeah, Watson is angry at Cal McNair for ignoring him during the GM search. That he didn't speak out at any time during the season is yet another reason why the Texans have to find a way to make it right with Watson.houstonpress.com
‘Pathetic’: Texans legend Andre Johnson tweets strong message in support of Deshaun Watson
HOUSTON – The Houston Texans are in the midst of controversy over the current hiring process and other issues that have quarterback Deshaun Watson unhappy with the organization. Texans legendary receiver Andre Johnson has strong connections to the current Texans roster. Tuesday, Johnson broke his silence and sent a tweet saying that Watson should stand his ground. The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers. — Andre Johnson (@johnson80) January 12, 2021“The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers,” Johnson wrote in the tweet.
Four Thoughts on Nick Caserio's First Meeting With Houston Media
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsNo long lead in needed here for this article — the Houston Texans are an unabashed mess right now. So Caserio met with the media on Friday the same way every press conference takes place these days, and that's via Zoom. Here's the press conference in full:Here are some of my thoughts on the press conference:Holy crap, Jack Easterby is an issue right now.... Indeed, just when the 2020 sports scene in Houston closes the book, in comes 2021 to say "Hold my beer!"houstonpress.com
Newly appointed Texans GM Nick Caserio, Cal McNair meet with media
On Friday, Texans fans heard from newly-appointed general manager Nick Caserio for the first time. CEO Cal McNair, who rarely talks to the media, joined Caserio as both took questions. “I think the most important thing for us is just to speak specifically to Deshaun,” said Caserio. “And those areas would be things that Nick (Caserio) will need as he moves into his role as GM. Again, Cal (McNair) has brought me to the Texans to handle the football aspect, and that’s my main responsibility.
Four Thoughts on the Houston Texans' Hiring Nick Caserio As Their Next GM
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Finally, on Tuesday night, as first reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle , the Texans determined that New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio would be the team's fourth general manager in its history. Let's just go ahead and net this out —- Texan fans are not happy with this hire, as demonstrated in this Twitter poll I posted on Tuesday:#Penderpoll for #Texans fans — would you approve of a Nick Caserio hire for the team’s GM role? Daboll has ties to Easterby and Caserio, having worked in New England during two different stints as an assistant (2000-2005, and 2013-2016). In fact, Daboll recommended the Patriots hire Easterby in 2013 after spending the 2012 season with the Chiefs, where Easterby was the team chaplain.houstonpress.com
LIVE: Houston Texans officially introduce former Patriots exec Nick Caserio as new general manager
HOUSTON – The Houston Texans’ search for a new general manager has ended following a flurry of interviews to start the week. The choice -- Nick Caserio, a longtime director of player personnel for the New England Patriots. Now that Caserio is on board, names surfacing to fill that position include Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady, who interviewed on Tuesday with the Texans. Caserio has been rising in the ranks with New England for 20 years and held his personnel role for the past 13 seasons. In all, Caserio has been a part of six Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams during his stay in New England.
NFL Week 13: Patriots vs Texans Four Things To Watch For
Eventually, the chase for Caserio ended with the Patriots filing tampering charges against the Texans, and ultimately withdrawing them after the Texans promised to back off of their pursuit of Caserio. For now, this intriguing Week 13 matchup has just a little more juice than normal, given the Caserio stuff. Honestly, if the Patriots had any balls, they'd agree to a WWE style stipulation where the winner of this game gets the services of Nick Caserio! These are the things that I would make happen, if I were made NFL commissioner for a day. SPREAD: Texans +3PREDICTION: Texans 19, Patriots 17SEASON RECORD: 7-4 SU, 5-6 ATSListen to Sean Pendergast on SportsRadio 610 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.houstonpress.com
Four Thoughts On the Texans Trade For CB Gareon Conley
He might be botching the trades bringing in players for picks by overpaying, he may have botched the Clowney trade by under-receiving. Let's dig into this latest O'Brien deal. So O'Brien needed to do something, and thus the trade for Conley was consummated. So the Clowney deal becomes Clowney for DE Barkeviius Mingo (special teamer exclusively), LB Jacob Martin (shown some pass rushing flashes), and Conley (we'll see). The Texans are running out of significant draft capital, as they've used 2020 choices to acquire Laremy Tunsil, Duke Johnson, Conley, and Keion Crossen.houstonpress.com
Patriots Caserio Q & A about Texans GM job
HOUSTON - The Houston Texans had a very public, but very messy pursuit of Patriots Director of player personnel Nick Caserio. The Texans were threatened with tampering charges by the Patriots, only to then drop their pursuit of Caserio altogether. On Saturday on day three of training camp for the Patriots, Caserio took questions from the New England media about the offseason pursuit by the Texans. It's a great organization with a lot of great people. I'm focused on today, and honestly I'm focused on trying to be the best version of myself each and every day.