Houston Texans CEO Cal McNair asked Deshaun Watson's opinion on team's head coach, GM search

Houston Texans CEO Cal McNair still is contemplating what direction he wants to take his franchise with its head coach and general manager openings and has solicited many opinions, including those of quarterback Deshaun Watson.

McNair told ESPN this past week that he recently had dinner with Watson, and the direction of the Texans' franchise came up during their conversation. McNair wanted to hear Watson's thoughts and opinions on who should be the next head coach, and Watson shared his opinions with McNair.

McNair told ESPN that he welcomes Watson's input, respects his opinion and wants the star quarterback to be happy.

McNair also confirmed that he has hired the search firm Korn Ferry to assist him with his head coach and GM search.

"I fully realize how important the general manager and head coach hires are for this organization," McNair told ESPN. "My goal is to hire great people who fit the Houston Texans. I want to build something that our fans, players and staff are proud of.

"It's OK to be under construction right now because every great organization goes through some tough phases, but I still strongly believe the future is very bright for this organization."

Romeo Crennel has served as Houston's interim head coach, while Jack Easterby has been the interim general manager since the Texans fired Bill O'Brien last month.