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NFL head-coach openings rumors: Former NFL QB Josh McCown is a top candidate for Texans’ job, per report

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Days after surfacing on the Texans‘ head coaching radar for the second straight year, former NFL quarterback Josh McCown is among the top candidates for the Houston job, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero. Despite having zero coaching experience above the high school level, the 42-year-old longtime signal-caller told Texans brass he’s “all in on being their next head coach” and is a “strong candidate” to replace David Culley, who was fired Jan. 13 after just one season atop the staff.

McCown’s only official coaching experience came in 2019, when he served as QBs coach for his son’s Myers Park High School team in North Carolina — a role he held while employed by the Eagles as Carson Wentz’s backup. Long lauded for his mentoring as a veteran reserve, he’s been linked to several high-profile openings since then.

The Eagles considered interviewing McCown for their own head coaching vacancy prior to hiring Nick Sirianni in 2021, per CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora, and offered him an assistant role before signing him to their practice squad in 2020. The Texans, meanwhile, who claimed the QB off the Eagles’ practice squad in November 2020, interviewed him for their top job before hiring Culley last offseason. McCown wasn’t ready to commit to the job at the time, NFL Media reports, unlike this offseason.

Originally a third-round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2002, McCown spent almost two decades playing in the NFL, though he isn’t yet officially retired, suiting up for 12 different teams over the course of his career. He started 22 games for Arizona before becoming a journeyman backup, most notably logging successful stints off the bench for the Bears (2013), Browns (2015) and Jets (2017). His last game action came in the Eagles’ 2019 wild-card loss to the Seahawks, when McCown replaced an injured Wentz.

McCown joins the Texans’ short list of reported interviews for their head coach opening, after former Dolphins coach Brian Flores, Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and Florida Atlantic University assistant Hines Ward.

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