(SportsRadio 610) - For the second time in as many years, the Texans are interviewing retired NFL quarterback Josh McCown for their vacant head coach position.
McCown is a candidate, and believed by some to be the frontrunner, despite having no significant coaching experience. Other than volunteer coaching in high school, McCown has never done this at any level.
Usually, coaches work their way up the ranks. Someone with McCown's background - nearly 20 years as an NFL quarterback and widely respected for his football acumen - could easily skip some of the lower level coaching jobs like quality control, and perhaps be a position coach.
Interviewing twice for an NFL head coach position, with no coaching experience to speak of, is curious to say the least.
Audacy Sports NFL insider Ross Tucker was on Tuesday with Payne & Pendergast discussing the prospect of McCown being named Texans head coach.
"I love Josh McCown. That dude is awesome," said Tucker, who played seven seasons in the NFL. "I think he's got a chance to be a great head coach. I think it's pretty insulting to all of the guys that have been coaching for years. To take a guy that hasn't coached at all, other than high school, to just be an NFL head coach? I think it's insulting to the other guys that have put the time in. And I love Josh.
"My other read on it is that the powers that be in Houston probably think he's a guy that they could have a lot of influence and control over because he doesn't really know how it's done, because he's never really done it before."
Other former NFL players at SportsRadio 610, like Seth Payne and Clint Stoerner, have said similar things. It would stand out if McCown, for as well-respected as he is, were to essentially skip the coaching line.
Longtime NFL insider John McClain has been told Texans executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby wants to hire McCown and offered a position as associate head coach last year. McCown, according to McClain, declined the offer to coach his sons in high school.
McCown's last NFL team was the Texans in 2020, when they brought him in as a backup. He was never active for a game, but even at the time, it felt like the Texans could be grooming him to be a coach.
"I believe so," McCown said Nov. 13, 2020 during a lengthy press conference, introducing him as a third-string quarterback, when asked if he had NFL coaching aspirations. "If you’d asked me that 10 years ago, I would’ve said no way, that’s not what I want to do at this level. My dream coming out of college had I not been able to play in the NFL was to coach high school football here in Texas. I really thought that was going to be my path. But the longer I’ve been in this game and been around these guys, I see real value in being able to be a part of an organization and compete at the highest level. Yeah, absolutely.
"When that day comes, I could definitely see myself doing that and hopefully just be able to get in and serve a team and help them. Help them in the pursuit of getting better daily and obviously chasing a championship. Yeah, one of these days whenever that happens, whenever I finally take the cleats off, I definitely see that in the future."
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Brandon Scott is the senior digital content coordinator for SportsRadio610.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandonkscott.