The Houston Texans plan to conduct additional follow-up interviews with one or more head-coaching candidates, according to sources, early in the coming week – a turning point in the NFL’s final open search, and one Which includes many experienced, respected Black coaches have not been hired in a year.
Former Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell had a second interview – and first with last week’s new Texas general manager Nick Casario. Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Kansas City Chief Offensive Coordinator Eric Bynemi are eligible for a second interview after Sunday’s AFC title game. Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach David Cooley remains a candidate, along with Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberfluss and longtime NFL quarterback Josh McConn.
For all the scrutiny of the Texas search process, and speculation amid frustration about the lack of input into quarterback Deshawn Watson’s future, Houston landed an iconic GM at Casario who won six Bowl Rings in New England. Now, the Texans are practicing patience with a diverse pool of head-coaching candidates, as Casario took control of the search.
Even hiring Killer Frazier or Caldwell – two former assistants of Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungie, who has consulted with Texas owner Cal McNair – will provide a franchise with a steady hand, which will take four months The latter is needed. Coach / GM began with the October dismissal of Bill O’Brien.
After months of discussion about the NFL’s increased diversity efforts, it would make Texas the second team to be appointed as a minority head coach in this cycle; The New York Jets hired Robert Saleh, who is Lebanese, earlier this month.
Interviews with the 41-year-old McConn made waves on Friday as it would be his first coaching, though he has played 19 NFL seasons and effectively been a player-coach in the final five. McConn has always planned to go into coaching and has long been recognized as the future NFL head coach. But he plans to watch his sons watch high school football over the next few years and is still thinking about his options, per sources. Signed from the Eagles’ practice squad in November, McCain is under contract with Texas – a player for 2021.
Watson’s frustration is well documented, but he has not gone public with any trade requests nor has the Texas shown any interest in doing business with him, per sources. Texas has rejected several requests by other teams to interview offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, whom Watson favors. A final head-coaching hire can help determine what happens next.
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