The [Houston Texans] owner does value very much the feedback of his highest-paid player, and sources said Watson has already advocated for Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Watson shares a strong bond with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and the two already faced off again in Week 1 after meeting in the playoffs a year ago. Mahomes is a big proponent of the work Bieniemy has done on Andy Reid’s staff as he has quickly blossomed into arguably the premier player in the game.
Jason La Canfora said the following things about the #Texans on NFL Today:— Cody Stoots (@Cody_Stoots) December 6, 2020
Former Browns GM John Dorsey is in play for the GM job
Dorsey is a favorite of Korn-Ferry
Deshaun Watson "has already gone to ownership and said he'd support (Eric) Bieniemy to be his next head coach"
We’ve already detailed how general manager candidate John Dorsey is an alleged front runner for the Texans’ vacant GM chair. The connections between Dorsey and Bieniemy run deep.
The quarterback reportedly had a dinner meeting with chairman Cal McNair at McNair’s request where he reportedly gave his thoughts to McNair on who should be the next head coach.
Apparently Watson isn’t alone, as safety Justin Reid nonchalantly endorsed Bieniemy in a recent interview regarding the Rooney Rule (an NFL statute that ensures teams give a fair shake to minority head coaching candidates, sweetened this year with a compensatory third round draft pick if a team hires a minority coach).
The Rooney Rule is cool, giving a team a third-round draft pick for hiring a GM or a head coach. I think it’s good spirited. I think at the end of the day it’s just going to come down to good coaches are going to find positions. I’m rooting for Eric Bieniemy, whether he’s here or somewhere else.
I follow his career a lot. I think he’s a phenomenal coach. I would love to have him here, but he’d be happy anywhere, too.
While Bieniemy appears to be the candidate most in demand when it comes to choosing a team to coach, with the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions already hunting for a new chief and the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers potentially joining the pack of employers, Houston isn’t a lock to get him. However, just as he is on game day, Deshaun Watson is the x-factor here, as no other team in the market for a coach offers what Watson brings to the table.
Tony Pauline via Pro Football Network:
Right now, the smart money has Bieniemy landing in Houston or possibly Atlanta. Houston, with Deshaun Watson and a lot of other good pieces on the offensive side of the ball, makes too much sense for it not to happen.
Just as the majority of the masthead believes Bieniemy will land in H-Town, so too do Deshaun Watson, Justin Reid and many members of the press. Are you a believer that Eric Bieniemy will be the Texans’ next head coach?