This morning, NFL Network reported that one of the top candidates on the market, Indianapolis Colts protective planner Matt Eberflus, really turned down the opportunity to interview for the top job in Houston.
It is, of course, totally possible that the Texans end up with a strong coaching candidate and find success in the future. Being turned down by one of your targets, when he is open to speaking with somewhere else, is a bad look.
The Texans certainly do not have to trade Watson after signing him to a monster agreement extension last offseason, but they will have a great deal of work to do to repair a relationship that appears fractured at the minute. There’s a lot riding on McNair and Caserio’s next choice.