Jan 5, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Josh McCown (18) runs onto the field in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

When the Houston Texans fired David Culley last week, that left just one black head coach in the entire NFL. Given that Culley had to be an assistant for almost 30 years to get to the head coaching level only to lose his job after one year seemed to drive home the idea that the deck is stacked against black coaches compared to many white coaches.

All of which is to say that the Houston Texans interviewed Josh McCown, a quarterback who has never coached at the college or NFL level at any point in his career, as a candidate to replace Culley on Thursday.

It should be noted that McCown interviewed for the position last year as well and there were rumblings that Culley was always going to be a stopgap on the way to the Texans making McCown their coach. However, it was assumed that McCown would be part of the staff this past season and that never happened.

McCown, who has been playing professionally in the NFL and UFL for the better part of the last two decades, did coach at the high school level, including for Myers Park High School while his sons played. He spent 2020 with the Texans organization but was released following the season.

McCown certainly has plenty of experience as an NFL player but the idea that he would just be handed a head coaching role without any notable coaching experience is a pretty wild leap. Naturally, social media lit up with reactions to the possibility.


To be fair, the Texans have interviewed a lot of qualified people, including former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, FAU special assistant to the head coach Hines Ward, and Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. If they hire do hire McCown, it’s going to be a pretty crazy move that will be heavily criticized. Buckle up.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.