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 Watson’s anger levels 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.
Many have speculated that Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston, and could even force a trade this offseason. Former Texans legend Andre Johnson recently added to the rumors with comments slamming the franchise. The former wide receiver suggested that Watson is being “wasted” playing for Houston.
The Texans finished a rough season with a 4-12 record, but Watson personally had a stellar year. He completed 70.2 percent of his passes and led the NFL in passing with 4,823 yards. In addition, he threw for 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. However, Wilson also reported that Watson has not requested a trade and that Houston has “no intention” of letting him go.
Texans CEO Cal McNair Apologizes to QB Deshaun Watson
Further reports have come out that Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair is attempting to mend the team’s relationship with Deshaun Watson. McNair spoke to reporters on Friday and apologized to former and current players, including their star quarterback.
The CEO said he’s sorry for creating “mistrust” among the team’s players. He acknowledged that things within the organization have not gone perfectly. McNair says that Houston is working through their issues.
“Change is hard and we’re going through change and I accept everything hasn’t gone perfectly. It’s just hard and we’re working through it,” McNair said, according to Mark Berman of Fox26. “If players, media and fans are upset, that’s on me and I’ll apologize for my actions or communications that have created mistrust and I accept those team’s and fan’s frustrations.”
McNair also admitted that building a championship winning team is tough work. But he says that he and the rest of the organization are committed to that challenge.
“I’ll learn, listen, commit to getting better, but change is hard. Winning, what we’re trying to do, chase the championships, it’s gonna be hard. I’m committed to doing that,” McNair explained.