A lot of NFL players are speaking up in defense of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Veteran receiver Randy Moss joins the crowd.
“No, ‘just shut up and play,’ we’re done with that era” Moss said on ESPN’s “Postseason NFL Countdown” prior to Saturday’s divisional-round games. “You know, we’re going into the 21st century, guys. When we look at what the Houston Texans have done with Deshaun Watson, there’s been some great things they have done with him.
“But I do believe they have failed a guy like Deshaun Watson,” Randy Moss said. “Think about his rookie year when he comes in. Deshaun Watson’s from the south, we know what his background, know his story.
“But when you have the late owner (Bob McNair) say that we can’t have the inmates running the prison,” Moss said, “how do you feel, as a rookie, when your owner’s saying that?
“How do you feel when your No. 1 receiver (DeAndre Hopkins, who was traded to Arizona by former Texans coach/general manager Bill O’Brien) is let go?”
Moss Says Deshaun Watson’s Issues Are Around Disrespect
Moss went on to mention that the Texans’ offensive coordinator that Deshaun Watson loved is gone, and wide receivers Kenny Stills, Will Fuller are also one, on top of the team trading DeAndre Hopkins before the season began.
The veteran wide receiver, though, said that Watson “takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’.”
Moss contends that Watson’s frustrations over being kept out of decisions regarding the Texans’ head coach and general manager roles have to do with disrespect.
Here’s Moss breaking down his thoughts on Deshaun Watson, who won a college football national championship at Clemson.
Watson References Report About ‘Anger Level’
On Friday, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson admitted to having elevated levels of anger recently because of a lack of involvement with the organization’s front office hiring process.
The Houston Chronicle‘s Aaron Wilson reported that Houston did not involve their quarterback when they hired their new general manager. The Texans left Watson out of the hiring process and didn’t take his opinions into account. The admission has added to the quarterback’s frustrations with the franchise.
Watson also referenced a report that his anger levels went from 2 to 10 in a tweet this afternoon. NFL Insider Adam Schefter noted the situation and added some insight. He said that the anger levels of Deshaun Watson were at a 2 following the team trading star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals last offseason. But Schefter said that Watson’s anger has escalated to a 10 in recent weeks. Watson confirmed his anger levels are at an all-time high with his team on Friday.
“I was on 2 then I took it to 10,” Watson’s not-so-cryptic tweet reads.