Former Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson took the uncharacteristic step on Tuesday of speaking out against how his old team is being run, and what it potentially means for Deshaun Watson.
Johnson, who hadn’t tweeted for more than a month, took to social media to express candid thoughts about the current state of the Texans, and the team’s relationship with Watson, its current quarterback.
If I’m @deshaunwatson I will stand my ground. The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers. Since Jack Easterby has walk into the building nothing good has happened in/for the organization and for some reason someone can’t seem to see what’s going on. Pathetic!!!
— Andre Johnson (@johnson80) January 12, 2021
“If I’m [Deshaun Watson] I will stand my ground,” wrote Johnson, who played with the Texans for 12 years and totaled more than 1,000 receptions. “The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers. Since Jack Easterby has walk into the building nothing good has happened in/for the organization and for some reason someone can’t seem to see what’s going on. Pathetic!”
Easterby, referenced in Johnson’s tweet, is currently the team’s interim general manager. He previously worked for the Patriots in the role of team chaplain, and has been a subject of controversy since arriving in Houston in 2019.
Watson, the indisputable face of the Texans (who led the league in passing yards in the 2020 season), has reportedly expressed frustration with how the organization is being run. Specifically, he was upset at being told he would have input into the team’s recent search for a new general manager, but according to Adam Schefter, “the Texans neither considered nor consulted with those endorsed by their franchise quarterback.”
In speaking out, Johnson has garnered support for the simple reason that he’s not known for doing it.
“Andre Johnson is one of the quietest superstars that played in the National Football League,” noted former Patriots center (and current ESPN analyst) Damien Woody on Wednesday morning. “For him to come out and say that, it just spoke volumes to me about where Deshaun Watson is in his career.”
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