Player's choice: Texans on next head coach needs | Daily Brew

Change is coming, and change is needed in a big way.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson said so after Sunday's season finale, a last-second 41-38 loss to the Titans.

He reiterated that again on Monday morning, with some agreement from a few teammates.

In the wake of a 12-loss season, the Texans are in the process of hiring a new general manager and head coach. They've already interviewed a handful of candidates for each position, with media reports popping up regularly about more on the way.

No matter who it is, Watson explained, the new leaders have some work to do.

"We just need a whole culture shift," Watson said. "We just need new energy. We need discipline, we need structure, we need a leader so we can follow that leader as players. That's what we need."

Watson, who became the 2020 NFL passing yards king on Sunday, and who also tossed 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions this season, added that the focus from the front office, the coaches and players needs to be narrowed considerably.

"We've got to have the love of not just the game of football because that's what we do, but the love for people and the people in this organization," Watson said. "We've all got to be on the same page. There's too many different minds, too many different ideas and too many people who think they have this power and it's not like that. We need someone that stands tall and this is who we're following and this is the way it goes, like I said yesterday after the game, and we're going to do it this way to win."

The 3-time Pro Bowl quarterback said he spoke with team Chairman/CEO Cal McNair on Sunday and offered some input. Some of Watson's teammates, on each side of the ball, were in unison with Watson's opinion.

"He hit everything on the head," linebacker Tyrell Adams said. "Again, having a leadership and a culture shift. He hit everything on the head. I totally agree with him."

Adams logged 125 tackles in 12 starts this season.

Center Nick Martin, a team captain with Watson, elaborated on the quarterback's thoughts.

"We definitely want a guy to come in here, set a standard, hold accountable and that goes to players, too," Martin said. "We have to hold each other accountable."

The Texans cleaned out their lockers on Monday. They're scheduled to gather for offseason conditioning on April 5.

Watson, who became the 2020 NFL passing yards king on Sunday, and who also tossed 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions this season, added that the focus from the front office, the coaches and players needs to be narrowed considerably.

"We've got to have the love of not just the game of football because that's what we do, but the love for people and the people in this organization," Watson said. "We've all got to be on the same page. There's too many different minds, too many different ideas and too many people who think they have this power and it's not like that. We need someone that stands tall and this is who we're following and this is the way it goes, like I said yesterday after the game, and we're going to do it this way to win."

The 3-time Pro Bowl quarterback said he spoke with team Chairman/CEO Cal McNair on Sunday and offered some input. Some of Watson's teammates, on each side of the ball, were in unison with Watson's opinion.

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