Former QB Josh McCown Interviews for Texans HC Job; Also Interviewed in 2021

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 21, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Quarterback Josh McCown #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off of the field after losing to the  in their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The Houston Texans announced Thursday that longtime NFL quarterback Josh McCown interviewed for the team's head coaching vacancy. 

It's the second offseason in a row the team interviewed him for the position. 

McCown, 42, played for the Arizona Cardinals (2002-05), Detroit Lions (2006), Oakland Raiders (2007), Carolina Panthers (2008-09), the UFL's Hartford Colonials (2010), Chicago Bears (2011-13), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014), Cleveland Browns (2015-16), New York Jets (2017-18) and Philadelphia Eagles (2019) in his professional career. 

The journeyman quarterback threw for 17,731 yards, 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions, completing 60.2 percent of his passes.

McCown has exactly zero experience coaching at either the NFL or college level, however, and if he went from an NFL career and a few seasons coaching at the high school level to an NFL head coaching position, it would raise more than a few eyebrows. 

"Whenever I finally take the cleats off, I definitely see [coaching] in the future," McCown told reporters last year. "They (Texans) understand, as did Eagles and everybody else , that I'm definitely interested in that."

The Texans are clearly casting a very wide net in search of a replacement for David Culley, who was only given one season on the job after leading a depleted roster to a 4-13 record. 

Thus far, they've interviewed former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Florida Atlantic assistant and former NFL wideout Hines Ward, Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and have requested to interview Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell.

Like McCown, Ward's name was a surprising one among the candidates given his complete lack of head coaching experience or experience coaching in the NFL.