There’s a Raiders’ connection to the wildest NFL news of the day.
Word has broke that the Houston Texans, who are conducting one of the messiest head-coaching searches of all-time, have interviewed Josh McCown for their open position.
Yes, Josh McCown, the quarterback who has never coached in the NFL or college level.
The #Texans are exploring the idea of Josh McCown as head coach but would surround him with at least one former head coach on the staff. Again, not as crazy as it might seem to go from player to head coach. And if anybody can do it, McCown can.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 22, 2021
McCown, 41, is highly respected throughout the NFL for his knowledge of the game and for the quality person he is. To know Josh McCown is to love him. He played for the Raiders in 2007 and was revered for his passion and how bright he was.
However, this news is stunning. For McCown to get an NFL interview at the highest coaching level with zero experience is wild and it is getting people riled up around the league.
The NFL has a minority coaching dearth and the Houston job is the final opening in this cycle. if McCown gets hired over someone like Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is not going to sit well with many people, including me, for what it’s worth.
This news is not even a couple of hours old and it is already being widely panned.
Loved dealing with Josh McCown in his Raiders season. But if he gets an HC gig before a qualified minority candidate such as Eric Bieniemy, Duce Staley and others . . . wow. NFL would have to hang its head in shame over diversity lip service.— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) January 22, 2021
Have all the respect for Josh as a player, but this is ridiculous and insulting to all of the QUALIFIED CANDIDATES with a proven resume in the profession, black OR white.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) January 22, 2021
The criticism will only get louder if McCown actually gets this job. It’s not his fault, of course. He may end up being a great NFL head coach, but let’s get him some experience as an assistant coach first, please. The blame is all on the Houston brass, which has been making one silly decision after another all offseason.