Andre Johnson Situation: An Overview
Truth be told, we should have seen this coming.
Back in November of last year, in the waning minutes of another soul-crushing 2013 defeat, this one at the hands of the immortal Matt McGloin and the Oakland Raiders, Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub got into an argument on the Texans' sideline. I guess Johnson zigged when Schaub looked for a zag, Schaub said something to Andre (at a point in the season when Schaub had no room to bitch at a towel boy, let alone the greatest player in franchise history), and Andre flipped out.
The whole scene went next-level when Andre Johnson stormed off the field and into the locker room with a minute still left in the game. At the time, considering that we were a month removed from the Ed Reed Fiasco, two weeks removed from Gary Kubiak's stroke on the sideline and four days removed from DeAndre Hopkins having a penis show up on his Instagram account, Andre's act actually felt logical, as if we were casually stepping into the next circle of football hell.
With some time, some distance and the purging of the previous coaching regime, normal has become the new normal again, and when Andre Johnson complains, everyone listens.
Tuesday afternoon, we all listened.
At a presentation of a charity check for $30,000 to the local Women's Center, Johnson met with the media for the first time since skipping out on the first round of minicamp last week. Speculation was rampant as to where Johnson may have been, since normally (unless he's holding out for a new contract, as he did briefly in 2010) he attends these types of things.
As it turned out, Johnson was in Houston, working out on his own. Also, as it turns out, he doesn't seem to be nearly as big a fan of some of the Texans' latest moves as the draft pundits and league experts are.
Here are Andre Johnson's comments Tuesday, courtesy of Channel 2:
The money shot (among several money shots) in all of that: "I've been thinking about things this offseason. Kind of wonder if this is still the place for me."