Former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil, who led the St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl XXXIV title in 2000, took a shot at Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson for his recent issues with the organization.
"I think they change his diapers, OK?" Vermeil told TMZ Sports in an interview released Thursday when asked what the Texans need to do with Watson. "Nowhere in his contract does it say that he's involved in making the decisions of who coaches or who leads the organization."
The 84-year-old retired coach said he thinks the Texans' QB should focus on football and let other people within the franchise worry about hiring decisions.
"He's a great NFL football player and always has been a great kid, but I think he just shuts his mouth and becomes a better football player and lead the football team and let the leaders of the organization lead him," Vermeil said.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Watson wasn't happy the Texans hired longtime New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio as their new general manager after a process where they "neither considered nor consulted" the candidates he preferred for the vacancy.
The 25-year-old three-time Pro Bowl selection also "quietly broached with teammates the possibility of requesting a trade," per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
Watson has received support from two high-profile former Houston wide receivers, Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.
Johnson posted a message pointing the finger toward Jack Easterby, the Texans' executive vice president of football operations, for problems within the organization, and Hopkins doubled down:
In December, Easterby was the focus of a Sports Illustrated deep dive into the Texans franchise entitled, "Jack Easterby's Rise to Power and the Chaos That Followed," which examined the polarizing nature of the executive as he steadily gained more control within the front office.
Vermeil believes tensions will ultimately subside without a trade being made.
"I just don't see him playing any place else," he told TMZ. "And, I see him calming down and maturing a little bit and go be a good football player and earn the money they're paying him."
Watson is under contract with the Texans through 2025 as part of a four-year, $156 million contract, and moving him would leave the team with a massive void at the sport's most important position, so the organization will likely do everything in its power to avoid a trade.
That could include letting the Clemson product be more involved in the team's search for a new head coach.