When the Houston Texans hired Ravens wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator David Culley as their next head coach on Wednesday, their franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson remained unmoved.
Watson's trade demand remained in place despite the new coaching hire, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday morning. Spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach and passing game coordinator, the Ravens finished last in the NFL in passing under Culley more so due to their run-centric offensive scheme.
After not being consulted about who should be hired as the team's new general manager, Watson was reportedly frustrated with the direction of the franchise. When new GM Nick Caserio tabbed Culley to lead the team going forward, Watson's stance was only reaffirmed.
Culley, who's never been an offensive coordinator before, was an assistant head coach to the Chiefs and Andy Reid, who he had worked with for over a decade in Philadelphia, before moving on as the quarterbacks coach for the Bills.
Caserio and the Texans also interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Texans QB coach Josh McCown, and Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley before he was hired by the Chargers.
Watson produced a career-high season in touchdowns, passing yards, and completion percentage despite the fact Houston finished with the worst record (4-12) since his rookie season.