Josh McCown could go from Texans backup QB to head coach

Josh McCown, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Josh McCown, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

Former Houston Texans backup quarterback Josh McCown could become their next head coach.

After holding a clipboard for much of his NFL career, journeyman quarterback Josh McCown may end up becoming the next head coach of the Houston Texans.

McCown was signed off the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad by the Texans in November. He had been a member of 12 NFL teams in his unprecedented career as a third-round pick out of Sam Houston State. Houston has also interviewed former Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach Jim Caldwell for the last available head-coaching position.

Hiring Caldwell as head coach and McCown as quarterbacks coach makes sense

No franchise has done more harm to its reputation in 2020 than the Texans. They were the first team to fire its head coach and are now the last one to fill their vacancy. Of the six new head coaches, none are African-American and only Robert Saleh of the New York Jets classifies as a minority. All the while, franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson has grown restless in Houston.

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Unless McCown has a terrific rapport with Watson, he should not go from backup quarterback to head coach overnight. However, he could be a long-term solution for one in Houston, assuming he is promoted from within to eventually replace Caldwell. Though he is 62-50 in seven seasons as an NFL head coach, Caldwell just turned 66-years-old. Let’s keep an eye on the Texans’ situation.

Hiring Caldwell as head coach with McCown as a quarterbacks coach could be good for Houston.