New Houston Texans head coach David Culley has acknowledged that Deshaun Watson is the team's starting quarterback and that the team has no intention of trading the 2020 NFL passing yards leader. This week, it was reported that three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Watson requested a trade out of Houston.
But Culley -- who was announced this week as the Texans' new head coach -- spoke with reporters for the first time on Friday and claimed that his belief was that Watson would remain with the team going forward. "He's the quarterback of the Houston Texans, and that's all that I was concerned about," Culley said, when asked about his knowledge of Watson's status when he was interviewing for the job.
"That's all I knew and whatever was being said about what he wanted to do or didn't want to do. All I know is this. ... "He is a Houston Texan. And I wanted to be a Houston Texan. And the reason I'm in this position today is because I knew he's going to be a Houston Texan.
The outside stuff that was being said is irrelevant to me."
The Texans don't want to let Watson go
Watson was absolutely phenom al on the field this year as he led the NFL in passing yards. Unfortunately for the Texans, Watson's big season didn't result in a deep playoff run as Houston finished the season with one of the worst records in the league.
The Texans, who started the season 0-4, lost the last five games of the regular season and finished with a 4-12 record. In early-January, the Texans hired Nick Caserio as their new general manager. Like new head coach Culley, Caserio also wants to have Watson on the Texans roster going forward.
"Organizationally, just want to reiterate our commitment to Deshaun Watson," Caserio said. "He's had a great impact on this organization, a great impact on a lot of people, a great impact on this team, and we look forward for the opportunity to spend more time with him here this spring, once we get started.
"And we have zero interest in trading the player. We have a great plan, a great vision for him and for this team, and his role on this team, and we look forward to the opportunity to spend more time with him here this spring." It remains to be seen if Watson will have a change of heart and decide to remain with the Texans.