The Houston Texans are coming off of a miserable season, have a first-year head coach, and most significantly, are wading through the Deshaun Watson controversy. It is no surprise that they’d like to get out of the public eye a bit.
Of course, media access is important, especially for a team with its star quarterback both on the trading block and alleged to have committed serial sexual misconduct. According to reports, the franchise tried to pull a sneaky move to get out of its training camp media obligations. Luckily, the league has shut it down.
The Texans tried to “end training camp early,” to switch to regular season rules and hours, which would prevent media from having as much access during the week. NFL rules state practices have to be open to local media through Aug. 26.
Thankfully, the league has ruled against the Texans move. It would have set a really bad precedent, and there is no real basis or reasoning for what Houston attempted.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 11, 2021
Even before the Watson situation emerged, the Texans have been under the microscope. Last December, Sports Illustrated published a troubling report about executive vice president Jack Easterby‘s bizarre hold over the franchise.
We often overuse phrases like “dumpster fire” … but the Texans are the perfect example of a dumpster fire right now. https://t.co/aO7F7gtkhK
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) August 11, 2021
Oh man, things are a mess in Houston. https://t.co/FWf4m2zbCz
— Jeremy Reisman (@DetroitOnLion) August 11, 2021
Whomever is behind this attempt, whether it is Easterby, first-year general manager Nick Caserio, or someone else, it is a pretty ridiculous one to make. Hopefully we don’t see this attempt to roll back media access turn into a trend.
The Houston Texans open preseason play on Saturday, on the road at the Green Bay Packers.