Super Bowl-winning head coach Dick Vermeil wasn’t having any of it. He told TMZ Sports on Wednesday that Watson was being a baby.
“I think they change his diapers, OK?” Vermeil said of what the Texans should do moving forward. “Nowhere in his contract does it say that he’s involved in making the decisions of who coaches or who leads the organization.”
He added: “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.”
Watson’s growing frustrations have been documented since last year, after DeAndre Hopkins was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. Watson offered his input on potential general manager candidates, but the Texans failed to consider their franchise quarterback during the process, ESPN reported. The Texans reportedly didn’t tell Watson that they had hired Nick Caserio as the team’s next GM.
The quarterback has quietly met with his teammates about requesting a trade, Pro Football Talk reported.
Watson signed a four-year, $156 million contract extension at the beginning of September. He is due to make $10.5 million in 2021 and then $35 million in 2022. He has a potential out after the 2023 season.
Despite Houston’s 4-12 record in 2020, the Clemson product proved to be one of the elite quarterbacks in all of football. Watson set a career-high with a 70.2 completion percentage, he threw for an NFL-best 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
Watson also had 444 rushing yards with three more scores on the ground.
Fox News’ Dan Canova contributed to this report.