Houston sports fans have been upset with Texans executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby throughout the 2020 calendar year.
Put the two angry camps together, and there is speculation part of Watson’s problems with the organization are because of Easterby.
On Nov. 4, 2020, when the Texans were 1-6, coming off their bye week, and preparing for their rematch with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Watson fielded a question in his media availability about Easterby.
“We’re still in the process of getting to know each other,” Watson said. “I know last year he just got here so he was kind of behind the scenes and I see him here and there. Not too much communication, but it was just trying to figure out his position and his place in the organization. Then of course here with the locker room with so many changes, it’s hard to kind of spend a lot of time. Of course, this year, of course COVID hit, so a lot of phone calls during the negotiation and things like that. But my agent dealt with that.”
Watson indicated that he didn’t have a chance to get to know Easterby until the regular season got started. Easterby took over as interim general manager when Bill O’Brien was fired on Oct. 5, 2020.
“During the season we’ve just kind of been growing, talking, communication,” said Watson. “He’s a man of God who cares about this organization, these players. He cares about players in that locker room to be the best of their ability and get whatever they can out of their careers. Having that good positive energy and spirit around the locker room is definitely good.”
There is dark energy and negativity about the organization, and it starts with Watson. The Texans have to figure out how to bring their franchise quarterback back into the fold.