Josh McCown, a Jacksonville native and longtime NFL quarterback, interviewed the Houston Texans on Friday about the position of head coach for the team, Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported.
Former Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell also interviewed the Texans on Friday.
The team later confirmed the interviews but referred to them as “ongoing discussions”.
The Texans are continuing their due diligence on several candidates and there is no pending hire, Pelissero and Garafolo added.
Houston has interviewed a number of candidates for the vacant job since Texans fired Bill O’Brien as head coach at the beginning of the 2020 season.
The team’s respondents included the Chief’s offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Ravens deputy head coach David Culley, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, and Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
While O’Brien was the first NFL coach to be fired in 2020, the Texans have yet to find his replacement.
The 41-year-old McCown was signed in November by the Texans from the Eagles’ training team. As a 19-year-old NFL veteran, McCown has strong leadership skills and intends to jump into coaching at some point. But his plan had been to watch his sons play high school football for the next several years, Pelissero added.
His sons Owen and Aiden attend Rusk High School.
McCown played with his brothers Randy and Luke at Jacksonville High School. He then played for SMU and Sam Houston State.
McCown was a rookie for the Arizona Cardinals in 2002. He has played for the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, and the Eagles.
Houston is exploring the idea of McCown as head coach but would surround him with at least one former head coach on the baton, Garafolo added.