NFL rumors: How Josh McCown is still being considered for a head coaching job

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How ex-Eagle McCown could still wind up as head coach soon originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Former Eagles quarterback Josh McCown, who spent the 2019 season and part of the 2020 season with the Birds, was rumored to be an outside-the-box candidate for the Texans' head coaching job until Houston hired former Eagles wide receivers coach David Culley.

McCown, 41, spent 19 years across the league in nine different organizations, and is reportedly viewed by many as a possible head coach of the future. The fact that he was brought up for a head coach opening so early felt a little odd, though, considering his lack of any coaching experience.

But even with Culley's hiring in Houston, it sounds like McCown might still be Houston's actual plan at head coach.

That's according to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, who had this interesting nugget to report on Thursday: 

"Multiple league sources believe that the Texans will keep Culley in place for a couple of years, and that he will then 'retire' and be replaced by McCown."

Wait, so the organization is already thinking about replacing the guy it just hired?

What kind of 4-D chess is being played here?

What is going on?!

The NFL Network reported Wednesday night that McCown is being pursued by Houston to join Culley's staff, so there's a good chance that's how McCown will begin accumulating some NFL-level coaching experience. We'll see what kind of job he does if that's where he winds up. Maybe he'll make a great head coach one day. Again, we'll see.

But it is totally insane that a team would start thinking about its next head coach while it hires a brand new guy for the job. 

(Not to mention the plan would totally circumvent the league's Rooney Rule about interviewing minority candidates for the job, making any minority interviews total lip service if they ended up giving the job to McCown in a few years.)

If true, this is totally weird and unbecoming of the Texans' organization. McCown seems to be a great guy who commands respect and friendship in a locker room. But letting the guy just jumping the line to become Houston's next head coach in a few years? That would be a sign of a franchise that has totally lost its direction.

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