When Dre Speaks, Listen

Got that, Texans?

Jim Rome
January 13, 2021 - 9:19 am
Andre Johnson

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The Houston Texans fired Bill O’Brien back in early October and it was the right move at the time. When they did that, it was a step in the right direction. You have to stop losing before you can start winning, you have to stop going backwards before you can go forwards.

So firing BOB was the right move. BUT, just about every move they’ve made since then has been a complete and utter disaster. A thorough and comprehensive exercise in puking all over yourself at every single chance.

Cal McNair reportedly told Deshaun Watson he could be involved in the hiring of the new general manager and head coach and then completely ignored his input. Watson reportedly advocated for Eric Bieniemy as a head coaching candidate and not only did the Texans not even interview him, they were the only team with a head coaching opening to not interview him.

Again, it’s not like Bieniemy is some obscure candidate or some guy who only Watson is interested in. Bieniemy has been THE candidate for two years now. It was a shock when he didn’t get a head coaching job after last season and he’s the guy every team wants to talk to this time around.

And yet the only team that didn’t want to talk to him is the team who has a quarterback who is saying, that’s my guy.

When you do something like that, how can that not be seen as giving Watson the finger in the biggest, loudest way possible?

Deshaun, tell us who you like as a head coach so that we can make sure we don’t hire him or even talk to him.

That’s pretty much what Houston said with how they handled it. And it didn’t get much better with the general manager search. Because they went through a song and dance about interviewing new candidates and then hired the guy they wanted a few years ago but couldn’t get him at the time.

And Watson reportedly found out about that hiring through twitter while he was on vacation.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Deshaun Watson has been an absolute blessing for the Houston Texans. He is one of the best things to ever happen to them. And pretty much from the moment he’s arrived, they have seemed bound and determined to destroy his career and break his spirit. He’s been sacked 155 times in the last three seasons.

That’s more than 50 times per year. That’s more than three times per game. And sure, you can say some of those are on him for trying to extend plays and make something happen, but know this – if I was running a team and we were lucky enough to get Deshaun Watson in the draft, I would do everything in my power to make sure he was safe and healthy.

And I’d make danb  sure he was happy. So I wouldn’t trade away my Hall of Fame receiver and I wouldn’t piss him off with this hiring process.  The two things they actually did do.

And now the Texans are scrambling because yesterday came word that they have requested an interview with Bieniemy. And if I’m Bieniemy, I’m thinking long and hard about turning that down. Not out of pride, but you’d have every right to do it for that reason. And not because it seems like they aren’t serious about actually hiring you and are only doing it to placate their star, although that does seem to be the case. 

But because you’ve just seen how this organization works. You’ve seen the dysfunction firsthand in how they came to offer you the interview. That tells you everything you need to know.  It tells that the last place you want to work even though they have one of the generation’s best quarterbacks and best human beings.

And one more thing about how badly the Texans have butchered this, because Houston waited until yesterday to request an interview with Bieniemy, according to the league’s anti-tampering rules, they will now have to wait until Kansas City is eliminated or wins the Super Bowl.

To quote a wise man, congratulations, you played yourself.

Bra-freaking-vo! Well done. You pissed off your quarterback by not interviewing one of the leading head coaching candidates when you had a chance and then when you went back to get your chance, you found out that you might have to wait for weeks to actually do the interview.

Do you want to know how bad this has gotten? Andre Johnson weighed in. That’s right, the Texans legend tweeted: If I’m Deshaun Watson I will stand my ground. The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers. Since Jack Easterby has walk into the building nothing good has happened in/for the organization and for some reason someone can’t seem to see what’s going on. Pathetic!!!

If you know Andre Johnson even a little, you know that is the straightest of straight fire. This is a guy who never complains, who never really says anything about anything no matter bad everything gets. He suffered through some absolutely brutal teams and some brutal quarterbacks and never said a thing. He just showed up, balled out and put up crazy numbers.

So when he’s saying that Deshaun Watson should stand his ground that carries big weight. And when he says the “The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers” that is the absolute brutal truth. Because they had a receiver like Johnson and nothing to show for it. Johnson isn’t just speaking in theory, he’s speaking in fact. And in experience. He is walking proof that the Houston Texans waste player’s careers.

And he’s not alone. And they’ve had JJ Watt and don’t have much to show for it. And DeAndre Hopkins and nothing to show for it. And Deshaun Watson and knowing them, they’ll probably have nothing to show for that as well.

And then Johnson turned his cannon on the mysterious Jack Easterby: “Since Jack Easterby has walk into the building nothing good has happened in/for the organization and for some reason someone can’t seem to see what’s going on.”

I don’t know Jack Easterby or have any idea what he actually does, but it sure doesn’t seem like anything positive has happened since he arrived in Houston.

And then Johnson capped it off with “pathetic” followed by three exclamation points. Again, for that guy to tweet that is a monster statement. And there’s one more detail to how huge a hammer that is: Johnson was an advisor in the hiring process for the new GM and head coach.

So that’s not just coming from a team legend who is pretty quiet about things like this, it’s coming from someone who was an advisor in the process to hire a new GM and head coach. And he’s calling the entire situation “pathetic!!!”

In other words, as DeAndre Hopkins tweeted: When Dre speak, listen.

I’d say the team should follow that advice, but I know they want. And it’s been a long time since I’ve seen this level of dysfunction from an NFL franchise. This is some New York Jets bleep right here.