First David Culley is sending mixed messages, then he is doubling down on the Texans commitment to Deshaun Watson. And on the same day.
Appearing on the “Huddle and Flow” podcast with Jim Trotter and Steve Wyche on Thursday, Culley would only say that he was hopeful that Watson would remain the teams quarterback.
“He is our starting quarterback right now. He is our starting quarterback,” Culley said. “Things happen between now and then. We’ll see what happens. He’s our starting quarterback… that’s right, right now. And hopefully in the future.”
Then just hours later when speaking to the media in a video conference, Culley offered up a much different perspective.
“There is no contingency plan,” Culley said. “(Deshaun Watson) is a Houston Texan, and that’s how we’re moving forward with it. We’re committed to him. I feel like with the commitment we made to him and I feel like that same commitment will be there with us moving forward.
“He’s ours and we’re committed to that.”
Over the last few months, the relationship between Watson and the Texans has soured after the team reportedly didn’t make good on their word about involving the quarterback in the discussions when it came to hiring a new general manager and new head coach.
Watson has requested a trade, and in a meeting with team officials last week, the quarterback did not back down, maintaining to the team that he wants to be moved and has no plans of playing for the Texans again.