One season after hosting a home playoff game, the Houston Texans are stumbling. But quarterback Deshaun Watson will not give up on the team or a future in Houston just yet.
“A Stepping Stone”
The 1-6 Texans are under significant pressure this season, given their recent successes. It’s fair to say that they are completely underperforming. Many around the NFL have anticipated that Houston begins to restructure its roster through a rebuild. But, Watson dismissed the idea of a rebuild, saying:
“No, I don’t view it as a rebuilding. Every year is a new year, new team. It’s just a stepping stone. We’re figuring out the right pieces to the puzzle. I agree with J.J. I do want to win a championship. We got a long way to go.”
The franchise QB has been hesitant to admit the team’s struggles this season. A few weeks ago, he told reporters, “Nobody’s going anywhere,” in response to trade rumors about Randall Cobb. Indeed, Cobb was not traded before the league’s November 3 deadline. But Houston was clearly looking to deal him for the right offer.
“I Want to be Involved”
Despite Houston’s poor performance this season, which falls mostly on its defense, Watson is committed to the organization long-term. He even wants to gain more influence on the administrative side of the team.
Watson recently stated:
“Of course, I want to be involved in the process… Being the franchise quarterback, what we want to be here exactly, the foundation and the people that’s going to be running this team and this organization along with the players and myself being the quarterback. Of course, I want to make sure we’re all on the same page with good energy and things like that and clicking the right way.”
He later added, “We’ve got a long way to go and a lot of work to put in.”
The Texans are currently tied for the last place in the AFC South with Jacksonville. They’ve already fired former head coach and general manager this season. Houston will look to improve its record in the coming weeks as their schedule gets much easier. In theory, the team is still alive in the playoff hunt; most of its remaining games are against weak teams.