Stephen A. Smith says Black coaches shouldn’t ask for Texans’ jobs
The Houston Texans they are once again looking for a coach after firing theirs for three consecutive seasons in just one year in the spotlight.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith believes that African-American coaches should not have to fill that job application.
On his show, “First Take”, next Monday morning Lovie Smith shootingStephen A. Smith, who is the third African-American coach to leave Houston since 2020, lashed out at the Texans and general manager Cal McNair.
“African Americans don’t have to apply” he said. “This is not an organization that, as far as I’m concerned, has been fair to African-Americans. And I have these two as examples. You can use Romeo Crennel and the type of situation they put him in in the past. He doesn’t like this organization.”
Before Lovie Smith, Crennel (2020) and David Culley (2021) were done after one season. Crennel took over when Bill O’Brien was fired during the COVID year, going 4-8 with his team.
Culley then went 4-13 before leaving, giving way to Smith this season.
Houston hasn’t had the most competitive roster in recent years, especially after the trade DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson, two of their most important players who were key to making the playoffs in 2018 and 2019. In those two seasons, the Texans won the AFC South, but failed to make a run for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
O’Brien was playing the role of head coach and GM at the time of the trade with Hopkins Arizona Cardinals In March 2020, it received a lot of backlash from fans and pundits, some of whom called it one of the worst trades of all time.
Watson then requested a trade after the 2020 season, disliking the coaching staff and the changes in the front office. The two sides were at odds until her sexual harassment allegations came to light.
Although not officially suspended at the time, the Texans did not play Watson through the 2021 season for “non-injury reasons/personal matters.” The Texans then traded him to the Cleveland Browns for his next three draft picks, as well as the Browns’ third-round picks in 2023 and fourth-round picks in 2022 and 2024. Watson also signed a five-year, $230,000 bonus. million deal to become Cleveland’s long-term prospect after the trade.
At the same time, the Texans went back to rebuilding, and these coaches have had a hard time producing results from the start.
One of the main reasons is the play after Quarterback Watson, as Davis Mills, Kyle Allen and Tyrod Taylor have had trouble scoring points with young teams on offense.
Development, however, takes time, which is why many are skeptical of the Texans’ plan. Damien Pierce, Jalen Pitre, Derek Stingley Jr. and while other players have shown they can compete in this league, it takes time for teams to rebuild and develop within a single system.
The Texans have already begun their coaching search, requesting interviews with Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.
Ryans and Evero Beltzen are coaches, with the former a Texans legend during his playing days. Ryans spent six seasons in Houston, reaching two Pro Bowls and being named the 2006 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Evero was part of the massive firing that took place in Denver, firing head coach Nathaniel Hackett before the end of his first season in the role.
Whoever will be named the Texans’ head coach next season will be happy to know the team has two first-round picks — No. 2 and No. 12 from the Browns — and ample cap space to work with in free agency.
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