Texans HC David Culley: Deshaun Watson is Houston's starting QB 'as of right now'

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Texans HC says Watson is team's starting QB 'as of right now' originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Deshaun Watson has made it clear he wants out of Houston. But so far, no one from the Texans organization has made any indication that the team plans to move on from its 25-year-old star quarterback.

On Thursday, new Texans head coach David Culley joined the Huddle and Flow podcast with Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter and was, naturally, asked about Watson's status. 

At first, Culley's comments were in line with everything that has been reported about the situation -- the Texans have no desire to move on from the quarterback.

"Deshaun Watson is our starting quarterback. He is our starting quarterback and I expect him to be our starting quarterback," Culley said. "As a matter of fact, he's the only quarterback on our roster right now that I have signed. Yes, I expect him to be our quarterback."

Then, though, the head coach was asked if Watson will be Houston's starting quarterback in Week 1 of the 2021 season. Culley's answer was one that, ever so slightly, indicated that just maybe the franchise would be willing to part with the former Clemson star.

"He is our starting quarterback as of right now. He is our starting quarterback," Culley said. "Things happen between now and then. We'll see what happens."

The keywords in that answer from the head coach were "right now." Those two words are telling.

Yes, the NFL is a league that is constantly changing with little guaranteed on a year-to-year basis.

But, Watson isn't just any ordinary player. He's already one of the league's best players at the sport's most important position and is still just 25 years old, meaning he possibly hasn't even hit his prime. Players like Watson hardly ever come around and it could take years for Houston to find a replacement even remotely as talented as him.

If Watson does ultimately become available, that's great news for QB-needy teams like the Washington Football Team. Ron Rivera's club is eager to upgrade at the position and was heavily involved in the Matt Stafford sweepstakes. Just yesterday, the head coach said Washington is "going to continue to explore all the options that are out there" at the position.

Washington reportedly has yet to inquire about Watson, but that doesn't mean they won't in the future. Perhaps if the Texans make it known that the quarterback is, in fact, available, Washington might be more willing to bring an offer to the table.

Despite all the uncertainty in Houston surrounding currently the NFL's messiest franchise, Culley -- who is a first-time head coach at the age of 65 -- is excited to be there, with Watson being a major part of the reason why.

"I am excited to be here. One of the reasons I am excited to be here is because of Deshaun Watson," Culley said. "Regardless of what's happening outside this building -- which fellas, quite frankly, I don't hear, read or listen to what happens outside this building. But the point is, inside this building, inside this organization, we feel positive about moving forward with this football team and Deshaun Watson."