HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair is not expecting the team to make big moves ahead of the Nov. 3 trade deadline.
There has been much speculation the Texans (1-6) could part ways with key players like franchise cornerstone J.J. Watt, or some of their top wide receivers like Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb or Kenny Stills.
The Texans have the NFL's largest payroll this season, but started 0-4, which led to the firing of head coach-general manager Bill O'Brien.
To make matters worse, the Texans are also without a first or second-round draft pick in 2021, because of last year's trade for left tackle Laremy Tunsil and Stills.
McNair joined Marc Vandermeer on Texans Radio on Monday morning to discuss the head coach and general manager vacancy, as well as how active the team might be with the trade deadline looming.
"You’ll see some little things that happened over the weekend. But no big moves," McNair said. "We like our players. We like our team. We have a lot of season left, a lot to play for. There’s an extra wild card game this year and so you don’t know what’s going to happen. ... I’m extremely optimistic and I don’t believe in giving up. And we won’t. Our team won’t. Our ownership won’t. Our coaches won’t. We’re going to go out there and believe in each other, win one game at a time and see where this season is. This story on the season is not written yet. So we want to go out and give our guys a chance and we’re going to see what happens. It’s going to be fun. …
"The other thing about being a wild card is you go on the road, which you think is a big disadvantage, but in this crazy year we have … there’s very few fans if you go on the road. So the home field advantage isn’t what it typically is in a typical year. So that’s not going to be such a disadvantage to have."
It sounds like the chairman still believes there is something left to salvage of this disappointing season.
Perhaps more importantly, the next general manager and head coach could be in better position to evaluate which players should stick around, and the value of those who do not.