Texans add longtime QB Josh McCown to head coaching candidates list

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Texans interview Josh McCown for head coach originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Houston Texans' head coaching search continues to take unpredictable turns at every opportunity, as the latest candidate to earn an interview is longtime quarterback Josh McCown.

McCown has spent much of his career as a veteran backup, playing for nine different franchises from 2002 to 2019. He has no coaching experience above the high school level.

Much of the discussion surrounding the Texans' search has revolved around Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, who did interview with the Texans but looks poised to go a second straight offseason without becoming a head coach.

As the offensive coordinator for the most prolific passing attack in football, Bieniemy seems like one of the most obvious assistants in the sport to be long overdue for a promotion, but the Texans continue to look elsewhere.

Part of the equation for Houston is in placating star quarterback Deshaun Watson, a top-five quarterback in the game according to most fans. Watson has reportedly made it very clear that he wants out of Houston and the Texans will have to consider any new head coach's ability to repair the relationship with him on and off the field.

The Texans are the final remaining NFL franchise with a head coach opening this offseason, so they will have their pick of candidates. But they are still announcing new interviews, including with McCown and Jim Caldwell on Friday, so it's not clear how close they are to making a final offer.