Deshaun Watson could be a ‘healthy scratch’ for entire 2021 season?
If the NFL doesn't place Watson on the exempt list and no trade can be fostered, the Texans may simply not play the QB.Watson demanded a trade in January, citing a desire to get away from the Texans’ organization. Houston refused to move him, rejecting inquiries from across the NFL and doing everything in their power to convince the Pro Bowl quarterback to stay.
A report surfaced Monday that wantaway Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson was missing practice sessions to receive treatment for the ankle and calf injuries that had sidelined him earlier this month.
However, Texans coach David Culley told reporters Tuesday that the 25-year-old who requested a trade before he began facing 22 lawsuits alleging acts of sexual assault and misconduct and 10 criminal complaints is not injured.
Texans GM Nick Caserio offers update on Deshaun Watson situation
The Texans have announced that Tyrod Taylor will start their season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, meaning Watson will likely be inactive. General manager Nick Caserio acknowledged that during an appearance on Sports Radio 610 Wednesday morning, though he would not commit to any specific plan for Watson going forward. Texans’ GM Nick Caserio this morning to Payne & Pendergast on @SportsRadio610 regarding Deshaun Watson’s status for Sunday’s opener vs. Jacksonville: “I wouldn’t expect him to play. … I wouldn’t anticipate him playing this Sunday and we’ll recalibrate as we go.
"Deshaun is here," Culley explained, according to Sarah Barshop of ESPN.
"Again, every day he's here, he comes in, and he works. He does what we ask him to do and he's here every day and he's doing fine."
Culley added on Watson: "He got his work done yesterday. He just didn't get his work done when we were out here. We had a little different schedule yesterday than he had been. He got his work in. He's doing fine."
Video: Texans hindered by unknowns in Watson situation (Yahoo! Sports)
Watson did not attend this past Saturday's preseason opener at the Green Bay Packers and is not expected to travel with the Texans for this coming Saturday's exhibition matchup at the Dallas Cowboys. The Texans listed Watson fourth on the depth chart last week, but it's believed no team will trade for him now that a grand jury investigation has been launched regarding the serious and disturbing allegations made against him.
Report: Tony Buzbee Says He Spoke With FBI About Deshaun Watson
The attorney representing the women who filed 22 active lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct against the Texans QB said the FBI has met with several of his clients. Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the women in the 22 active civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct against Deshaun Watson, said he has spoken to the FBI about the Texans quarterback. In an exclusive interview with League of Justice founder, CBS Sports Radio and Fox Sports Radio’s Amy Dash, the attorney revealed that FBI agents from the Houston field division allegedly visited him at his office and that he has spoken with them multiple times.
Watson will likely be made ineligible to play for any team via the commissioner's exempt list if he's indicted. Meanwhile, veteran Tyrod Taylor remains Houston's QB1 heading into the weekend.
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Belichick's track record in New England speaks for itself, with six championships in nine Super Bowl appearances while missing the playoffs just four times in 21 seasons. Of course, one of those four seasons was 2020 after Tom Brady moved on, so all the 69-year-old defensive genius has left to prove is that he can win without Tom Brady. Belichick has 280 regular-season wins and is an incredible 31-12 in the playoffs.
Reid quieted the critics who said he couldn't win a big game when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl two years ago, and they returned last year. He has a great 221-130-1 in 22 seasons as a head coach with the Eagles and Chiefs, and his track record in KC has been stunning. He inherited a two-win Chiefs team in 2013 and has since gone 91-37 with five division titles and eight winning seasons in eight years. His game management still receives criticism, but Reid is rightfully considered one of the best offensive and head coaches in the game's history.
The Rams got back to the playoffs last year after a one-year hiatus, but McVay and company seemed unsatisfied with Jared Goff. Now the team is all-in on former Lion Matthew Stafford as they try to return to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Pats three years ago. McVay is still only 35, and yet he's had four winning seasons in four years and is widely regarded as one of the top offensive minds in the game already.
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4. Pete Carroll, Seahawks
Carroll's offensive philosophy and game management don't exactly make Seahawks fans dance in the streets, but his success with the organization is undeniable. Over 11 seasons, the Seahawks have made the playoffs nine times with two Super Bowl appearances and one victory. Seattle has nine consecutive winning seasons with the help of Russell Wilson, but Carroll deserves plenty of credit for masterful player development.
After 14 years, Payton will now be without Drew Brees for the first time in 2021. It's still disappointing that the team couldn't get to a Super Bowl in their recent, impressive four-year run of NFL South titles, but the team still has the talent to finish near the top of the conference without the future Hall of Fame signal-caller. In total, Payton has made nine playoff appearances and won one Super Bowl over 14 seasons, solidifying himself as one of the top coaches of his era.
Baltimore took an unorthodox step by hiring a special teams coordinator in Harbaugh back in 2008. It was certainly a great hire, as he's had only one losing season in 13 years with nine playoff appearances and a Super Bowl in 2012. The franchise is seeing a resurgence with Lamar Jackson and a rebuilt, stout defense.
Tomlin successfully returned the Steelers back to the playoffs after two years on the outside looking in, but the team collapsed late in 2020. Tomlin hired a new offensive coordinator in what could be Ben Roethlisberger's final season, and the team seems all-in after bringing back JuJu Smith-Schuster and drafting running back Najee Harris in the first round. Remarkably, Tomlin has yet to have a losing season in 14 years with nine playoff appearances and one Super Bowl victory, but the Steelers last won a playoff game in 2016.
If there were any doubters about Arians' status as an elite coach, they had to be convinced by last year's performance, leading the Bucs roster to a championship in only his second season. Through two steps plus an interim stint in Indianapolis, Arians is 67-44-1 in the regular season with three playoff appearances. It's a credit to Arians that his team was able to improve throughout last season en route to a championship.
McDermott's performance has been spectacular since the Bills hired him in 2017, with three playoff appearances after a 20-plus year stretch of futility. He's helped develop the defense into one of the most consistent in the NFL, while young Josh Allen has become a surprising superstar at quarterback. Buffalo won the AFC East in 2020 for the first time since 1995, and things are certainly looking up for the franchise.
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10. Matt LaFleur, Packers
LaFleur has led the Packers to back-to-back 13-3 regular seasons and AFC Championship invites, but the team fell just short in both instances. With the pending Aaron Rodgers saga, with the star quarterback possibly willing to retire, 2021 will be LaFleur's toughest year yet. He's been everything the team could have hoped for thus far, but the equation changes with Rodgers potentially on the way out.
Shanahan was riding high after leading his team to the Super Bowl in his third season, but multiple big injuries caused the 49ers to regress to 6-10 last year. He remains one of the most respected offensive minds in the NFL, but Shanahan also has three losing seasons in four years. The job could get even tougher after losing defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
After a slow start in Carolina, Rivera made the playoffs in four of five years with one Super Bowl appearance in 2015. Unfortunately, he wore out his welcome in 2019, along with quarterback Cam Newton, but his second chance has already been fruitful by winning the NFC East with Washington last year at 7-9. Rivera's defenses have regularly been strong performers, and his five playoff appearances in 10 seasons as a head coach speaks for itself.
Reich has found success in Indy under some very difficult circumstances, with three different starting quarterbacks in three years. Despite the musical chairs, the Colts have made the playoffs in two of those seasons and now turn to their fourth quarterback in Carson Wentz. He's certainly deserved better, but Reich's success shows that the Colts made the right second hire in 2018 after Josh McDaniels had a change of heart and turned down the job.
Vrabel has brought a hard-nosed attitude to the Titans, and his team has shown marked improvement in his three seasons. The squad has finished with a winning record in each season, going to the AFC Championship in 2019 and winning the AFC South at 11-5 last year. After adding Julio Jones, Tennessee has hope of advancing farther this year.
The former Vikings offensive coordinator, Stefanski did exactly what fans hoped for in his first season, leading the Browns to the playoffs and fixing Baker Mayfield's issues. The team is loaded with talent after going 11-5 last season and has even higher hopes this year.
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16. Brian Flores, Dolphins
Flores has yet to lead the Dolphins in the playoffs in two seasons, but Miami's turnaround has already been much faster than most expected. The tanking roster won five games in 2019, which was seen as overachieving, and managed to go 10-6 with impressive improvement on both sides of the ball in 2020. Flores still has a tough road ahead in a difficult AFC East division, but the early returns are quite promising.
McCarthy made the playoffs nine times with one Super Bowl win in 13 seasons with Green Bay, but his legacy is complicated. His offense was seen as too vanilla near the end of his time with the Packers, and he was nearly run out of town in 2018. Joining the Cowboys last year, McCarthy's squad was one of the most disappointing teams of 2020 at 6-10, but part of the issues were injury-related. The team expects him to turn things around this year with an uber-talented core, or he might not last until the end of the season.
Zimmer led a consistent Minnesota defense and made three playoff appearances in his first six seasons with the team, but last year was a sign that the wheels could be coming off. The defense struggled after losing significant talent, and Minnesota finished the year at 7-9. Another losing year from Zimmer could earn him a pink slip.
Gruden came out of the Monday Night Football broadcast booth in 2018 after 10 years away from coaching, but his team is only 19-29 in three seasons. While the Raiders have improved with each season, they seem no closer to a championship with a defense that continues to struggle. While Gruden has made five playoff appearances and won one Super Bowl in his 14 seasons as a head coach, he's only four games above .500 overall during the regular season.
Nagy has received his fair share of criticism since he was hired in 2018, but it's somewhat remarkable that he's yet to have a losing season in three years in spite of the team's quarterback issues. Chicago hopes those problems are solved after drafting former Ohio State star Justin Fields, giving the former offensive coordinator Nagy more options in the playbook.
Kingsbury was promoted to NFL head coach even after getting fired at Texas Tech, with a title as an offensive genius. His team has shown flashes in two seasons, improving to 8-8 last year with Kyler Murray continuing to develop at quarterback. The expectations are much higher in Kingsbury's third season, with his job possibly on the line if Arizona fails to make the playoffs.
Rhule came from the college ranks to go 5-11 for a rebuilding Panthers squad last year. The team did remain competitive in most games despite some major injuries, and Rhule is now betting on former Jets draft bust Sam Darnold to get Carolina back to its winning ways.
New York's unexpected hire earns an incomplete after his first season as head coach, going 6-10 in 2020 with an injury-plagued team. The Giants were aggressive in free agency during the offseason and will be expecting much better things in Judge's second year. The success could be riding on the development of quarterback Daniel Jones in his third season.
Fangio waited until age 61 for his first head coaching job, and it's been a tough go in two seasons thus far. The Broncos have had back-to-back losing seasons with poor quarterback play and major injuries. The roster is talented going into his third season, but there remain questions at quarterback that have made the job so difficult already.
Taylor was promoted from Rams quarterback coach to Bengals head coach in 2019. The results through two seasons have been bad, with only six wins, but the team's young offensive talent looks promising, led by Joe Burrow. Now in his third season, Taylor faces the pressure to make a huge jump with a squad that was aggressive in free agency.
Campbell held the interim head coach title with Miami in 2015, going 5-7 after replacing Joe Philbin, but the Lions are his first chance at his own team. The job couldn't be much more difficult, with a roster that has been stripped of most of his talent and a defense that ranked dead last in 2020. Good luck.
The good news is that Culley finally got his long-earned head coaching opportunity this year at age 65. The bad news is that it's the Texans. The organization was left in shambles by the last regime, with little cap space or draft capital, and Deshaun Watson's off-field issues have complicated matters even more. The long-time offensive assistant in the Andy Reid coaching tree has his work cut out for him.
Meyer is one of the best college football coaches ever, but he's already made some unforced errors since the Jaguars hired him this offseason. Most notable was the hiring of former Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle, who was fired from the school for allegedly making racist remarks toward players. Jacksonville has already moved on, and is hoping the team can forget quickly due to improved play on the field.
Saleh was seen as a home run hire by the Jets after building an elite 49ers defense, but he has a tough rebuild with the Jets coming out of the struggling Adam Gase days. He will be developing a team that goes into 2021 with a lot of holes but hopes rookie quarterback Zach Wilson can be a bright spot.
Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson wore out his time in Philly, and the team turned to Sirianni this year. The former Colts offensive coordinator has a tall task with Jalen Hurts at quarterback and an impatient fanbase that has seen an elite team turn south quickly.
Smith did a terrific job in two seasons as Tennessee's offensive coordinator, replacing Matt LaFleur. He inherits a roster with some strong offensive pieces, led by veteran quarterback Matt Ryan, but cap issues and poor drafting have left the overall roster in a bad place. Smith will have to navigate what could be a rough rebuild.
Staley made the Rams defense elite in one season, but he was a surprising hire for the Chargers with the team developing young Justin Herbert at quarterback. The Chargers are hopeful that Staley's contribution to the defense could make the team an all-around playoff contender immediately.
Deshaun Watson expresses frustration with media: 'Why are you all always filming me every day?' .
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is growing frustrated with being in the spotlight. Watson lashed out at the media Thursday, asking why he's always getting filmed at practice. Watson made the comment while walking past a row of cameras. As he walked toward the media, Watson said, "Why are you all always filming me every day? It's the same s***." Deshaun Watson: “Why are you all always filming me every day? It’s the same s—.” pic.twitter.