Just a little more than a year removed from playing in his first (and likely last) NFL playoff game, and currently under contract as a player for the 2021 season, Josh McCown is already interviewing for a head coaching position. The Houston Texans officially confirmed the 41-year-old quarterback is a candidate for their vacancy on Friday afternoon.
The Eagles reportedly had interest in hiring McCown to their coaching staff following the 2019 season but he rebuffed the offer because he wasn’t ready to close the door on his playing career. McCown eventually re-signed with the Eagles in 2020 as a virtual member of their practice squad.
McCown then joined the Texans after Houston signed him away from Philly with a two-year contract in early November. At the time, it was reported that the Eagles still had interest in adding McCown to their coaching staff after he retired.
But it looks like the Birds might not get that chance if the Texans take a big leap and make McCown their head coach. His only formal coaching experience is one year as his son’s high school quarterbacks coach, though he’s certainly helped to mentor younger players later in his career. Amazon’s All or Nothing series documented how McCown had a positive impact on Carson Wentz in 2019.
Maybe the Eagles should’ve just hired McCown to be their head coach? He’s two years older than Nick Sirianni! But way less experienced, of course.
All accounts are the Texans are a dysfunctional mess and Deshaun Watson wants to be traded so McCown won’t be in an enviable position if he gets the job. But maybe he can find a way to make it work? It’d be pretty interesting to see how he does, if he ends up getting the offer.