The simple fact of life in the National Football League is if you don’t have a quarterback, you don’t have much. Teams who are constantly searching for their guy at the quarterback position are typically searching for wins at the same rate.
When you find that franchise quarterback, simple logic would tell you that you should do everything in your power to ensure that quarterback doesn’t just stay, but is happy while there.
Football fans have watched as the situation within the Houston Texans’ organization has gone from bad to worse over the past year. After General Manager/Head Coach Bill O’Brien was fired midseason, this after decimating the roster, quarterback Deshaun Watson saw his new contract with the team as a reason to have some say in organizational decisions.
He wanted to be a part of the new General Manager search.
He wanted a particular head coach to be named.
That coach wasn’t selected.
It has all resulted in the Pro Bowl quarterback wanting out of Houston. But these aren’t just reports, Watson has made it known he wants traded.
This per ESPN’s Adam Schefter as of Thursday:
Deshaun Watson officially has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, per league sources. He actually did it weeks ago. Their new head-coaching hire, David Culley, has not and will not alter Watson’s thinking.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2021
Now the Texans, who are starting fresh with David Culley at the helm, are faced with how to handle their franchise quarterback moving forward. They have options, but none of them are very appealing.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network breaks it down:
The #Texans’ options with Deshaun Watson:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 28, 2021
1. Trade him, carry a $21.6 million dead cap hit in 2021 and find a new QB.
2. Do nothing for now, then start fining him and pursue bonus money if he doesn’t show up.
No reason to rush, other than bad press. The offers will come.
The decision the Texans now face is not the main topic of discussion here. Nor is whether a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers would, or even could, pull off a trade for such a talented player.
The talking point here is answering this simple question: How much say should star players have with organizational decisions?
Watson saw the dismissal of O’Brien, and his lucrative contract, as a reason to be more involved. To help be a part of the team, and overall organization, improving. To have a say in things like who will be calling the plays, and making offensive decisions.
All decisions which would impact his play, production and overall pay.
But should any player have the kind of clout within an organization? History has shown several players have been a very large part of the decision making process in the NFL. While Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t always gotten his guy as offensive coordinator, hello Todd Haley, he certainly has had his share of play callers who he loved, welcome Bruce Arians and Randy Fichtner to the chat.
Was Watson asking for too much say? Was Watson wanting to be in on these critical decisions over-stepping his boundaries as a player/employee? Superstars get special treatment for a reason, they are paid the most, but at what point does that type of treatment become too much? At what point should an organization suggest you have to let the owners do their job.
This isn’t to suggest a player of Watson’s caliber shouldn’t be consulted, and we genuinely don’t know everything Watson was requesting in this scenario, but this situation has gone from bad to worse for the Texans.
What do you think? Do you think star players should have more of a say in these type of decisions? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the new league year, NFL Free Agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.