Texans coach Lovie Smith says Deshaun Watson must be taking part in someplace

Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith
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Someplace in the beginning of his head teaching profession, Lovie Smith received the label of being a fairly good man. Perhaps it’s as a result of he went to church. Perhaps it’s as a result of he has a smooth supply when he speaks. He actually commanded respect from his gamers, although that’s not indicative of a lot. Lovie actually by no means blew up on the press or hung any participant out to dry. Perhaps that’s all it takes within the NFL, the place the bar is at an un-limbo-able peak.

Actually the Houston Texans head teaching job got here at Lovie fairly rapidly, and perhaps he hasn’t had time to come back to phrases with all the things it entails. Or that’s what I might say if I have been being good. And it’s additionally one thing of a complicated scenario the place Deshaun Watson is anxious, as he stays in one thing of soccer purgatory. The Texans can’t actually formally droop him because the union would balk and he hasn’t been convicted of something. On the opposite, he’s accused of assaulting/violating 22 ladies, which is horrific. I suppose the Texans may argue they threaded the needle the perfect they might, not permitting him to play however not suspending him to start out a combat with the NFLPA. I wouldn’t fake to know what the best reply could be. What I do know is that this isn’t it from Smith.

“I simply know Deshaun is a superb soccer participant,” Smith mentioned at a information convention Wednesday. He continued:

“Wonderful soccer gamers must be taking part in someplace within the NFL. Hopefully that can occur and if it’s not with us it’s someplace else and I’m certain … as I see on this scenario, each of us ultimately are going to learn from the scenario and I simply can’t look forward to that to hurry up a bit of bit.”


The problem has by no means been whether or not Watson is any good or not, and fairly frankly the standard of a participant’s profession is much too typically used as justification to disregard no matter they’ve finished off the sphere. In the event that they throw for lots of yards/rating numerous objectives/win quite a bit, then for essentially the most half nearly each misstep off the sphere is pushed to the periphery, if not fully off the board. The talk was by no means over whether or not Watson was any good, it’s been about what he’s been accused of, and whether or not that sort of individual has misplaced the privilege of taking part in within the NFL.

Which signifies that no, Lovie, Watson doesn’t want to be taking part in anyplace. It may very nicely be that he ought to be taking part in nowhere, relying on how his authorized and civil circumstances are resolved and what the NFL makes of it. It’s onerous to think about that 22 totally different accusations will merely disappear into the air. Whereas the NFL in all probability didn’t get a touch of the awkwardness and puke-inducing sendoff Ben Roethlisberger received in his last weeks on the job, we actually did. And the league might be no less than cursorily conscious of not wanting to do this once more, no less than not so quickly. Which might be why the Texans haven’t discovered any commerce companions… but. Watson very nicely could lose the best to play, and deservedly so.

How both aspect will profit from all of that is one other thriller, however by that time Lovie was simply mashing phrases collectively as quickly as they got here into his head and simply praying that they shaped a sentence and that it utilized to the topic at hand.

Lovie has been right here earlier than. He was the top coach when the Bucs drafted lizard individual Jameis Winston No. 1 total. Once more, Lovie had his fingers tied considerably, as he was solely the coach and the GM was at all times going to stay him with Winston, so Lovie needed to make good to maintain his job. Which solely labored for one season anyway. However quotes like this actually didn’t put Smith on the best aspect:

“However then there was a critical accusation we needed to come to grips with. [The accusation that he sexually assaulted a Florida State student, Erica Kinsman.] That was investigated thrice. No prices have been filed. I perceive one thing occurred. However when do you get to the purpose the place you say, ‘Now we have to let the courts resolve, and we abide by their ruling?’ They didn’t cost Jameis with something. And at that time, I’m going to make the judgment that I’m not going to carry this incident in opposition to him.”

We all know why it by no means made it to courtroom. It’s as a result of the investigators have been carrying their Florida State jerseys whereas trying into it.

That is who Lovie is, at all times comfortable to have the job he has, and this Texans one might be his final one. So comfortable, in actual fact, that he’ll look the opposite method on absolutely anything. 

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