Deshaun Watson is still worried about the games in front of him.
A trip to Indianapolis is on tap for next Sunday, before closing out 2020 with games against the Bengals and Titans at NRG Stadium. But in the aftermath of Sunday's 36-7 drubbing in Chicago, he also acknowledged that team Chairman and CEO Cal McNair has consulted with him about the upcoming changes at general manager and head coach.
"I mean, they just put a lot of trust in me and what things he wants and what I want, and just as a whole, as an organization where we want to go forward from here," Watson said. "We've got to make decisions and go from there. But yeah, that was pretty much it. A lot of respect between me and Mr. McNair.
Since parting ways with Bill O'Brien, who was both GM and head coach, the Texans have relied upon Jack Easterby to fill the former role, and Romeo Crennel the latter. Both are serving on an interim basis.
The team hired a search firm in Korn Ferry to help in the process. McNair has also sought advice from the likes of Super Bowl champion head coaches Jimmy Johnson and Tony Dungy, former Texans receiver Andre Johnson, San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, and Rod Graves of the Fritz Pollard Alliance. Graves, a Houstonian, was also the Arizona Cardinals' general manager from 2002-2012.
According to Crennel, Watson banged his "funny bone" and missed a play in the second half at Soldier Field before returning to play on the ensuing series. Watson had no interest in watching the rest of the game, or season for that matter, from the sidelines.
"I'm going to play," Watson said. "That's my job. I've got to be out there every game. I've got too much pride and respect for myself and this organization and this team to go out there and just get embarrassed again or lose. My job is to go out there and play to the fullest and try to get these Ws."
Watson and company will aim for their fifth win of 2020 next Sunday on the road against the Colts.