Patriots

NFL Notebook: The Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson situations could be bad news for Patriots

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

Nick Caserio, Jack Easterby and Cal McNair — at present, the Three Horseman of the Houston Sports Apocalypse - War, Pestilence and Famine — can sit and stew all they want. They can not take calls. They can let their mailboxes get full with unanswered trade proposals.

"Hey Nick, um, it's Bill ... call me back. You have the number. It's 1-800-Hoodie8..."

But after this week, this has become clear: the Texans are going to have to trade Deshaun Watson. They might as well do it sooner rather than later. Start the healing process. Start the rebuild. Build something better (good luck).

What changed this week? The Texans finally had a virtual meeting with Watson, when he talked with new coach David Culley. The result? Watson reiterated he wants to be traded and won't suit up for the Texans ever again.

That led to venerable Houston Chronicle football scribe John McClain this week to write it's time for the Texans to trade Watson. When you've lost The General, it's time to cut your losses. John probably had the dry heaves writing that column. He'd sooner write bad things about his alma mater Baylor than a column trading Watson out of town.

As an old Texas saying goes, "It's time to put the chairs in the wagon."

It's over.

I get what the Triumpherate of Terrible is trying to do. Caserio is probably trying to