The Houston Texans are giving big signals they plan to fire David Culley

A few weeks ago, on the heels of back-to-back victories with a COVID-ravaged list, it looked like the Houston Texans were widely expected to bring David Culley back for another season as the team’s head coach.

While his rookie season had mostly been a bunch of pretty awkward losses until that point, and although game management had seemed like an alien concept to Culley, the Texans were still at a stage in their rebuilding where they upgraded from Culley with a specific candidate that GM Nick Caserio liked seemed like something that would be presented.

Honestly, I do not know if the reports about the expectation of Culley’s return were false, or if the mood changed in the building, or if a particular candidate became available unexpectedly, but now the Texans (mostly Caserio and VP of Football Operations Jack Easterby) are stuck of and reportedly evaluates the entire football operation, with most of the survey of Culley’s job status, presumably.

Will the Houston Texans fire David Culley after just one season while awkwardly allowing him to writhe in the wind while making a decision? Well, here are four indicators that they’re about to do just that:

Culley has not spoken to his bosses since the season ended.
When Culley reiterated on Sunday after the loss to the Titans that OC Tim Kelly would “100 percent” return, he followed it up by saying that he had not discussed it with Caserio yet, which is strange, given that Caserio is his chief. When Culley was asked about his job status on Monday, after saying he was still the head coach of the team “so far [he knew], “Culley indicated he had not scheduled time to speak to Caserio or Cal McNair. When you’re the head coach of a 4-13 football team and you’re having trouble getting face time with your boss, it’s not a big warning. upcoming things.

The Texans are pushing media availability out so far.
Culley made his media availability Monday afternoon, a press conference that has the chance to become mesmerizing with retroactive effect if he ends up staying in the can. However, Caserio has pushed a few scheduled media outlets indefinitely, including a previously scheduled press conference yesterday and an interview in my morning radio program on SportsRadio 610 this morning. They will both eventually take place, but only after what this “evaluation period” entails.

Some Caserio and Easterby favorites are hot contenders for other teams.
My feeling has always been that the only way the Texans fire David Culley after a season would be if Caserio (a) had a few specific prospects in mind to replace Culley, and (b) one or more of those prospects were available, and apparently willing to take the job. Well, one became available, a little unexpectedly, on Monday when Miami fired Brian Flores after three seasons. Flores was the defensive coordinator in New England for several seasons while Caserio and Easterby were in the building and they are reportedly very happy for him. Also, former Patriots linebacker and current Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo interviews the Denver Broncos. Mayo is a rising star in the coaching staff, and another candidate who appears to be considered a well-liked upgrade over Culley.

The Texans seem to have given the chance to train in the Senior Bowl further
This may be the biggest tale of all that the Houston Texans are making a switch to head coach. The Senior Bowl is the leading venue for evaluating draft qualifiers, and each season the two teams with the worst record, which is NOT in the middle of a coaching search, are able to coach the two teams of college All Stars playing in game, and thus get the closest look at the prospects. That’s a big advantage in draft evaluation, and one that football staff super nerd Nick Caserio seems to enjoy if given the chance. On Tuesday we were told which coaching teams would participate:

The Lions and Jets staff nodded. Why is it important? Well, the Jaguars would normally get the first crack in coaching in the game, but they’re looking for Urban Meyer’s replacement. The Lions have the second-worst draft position, so they are in. Next up would normally be the Texans, who pick third. The Jets, who pick number four, however, take the place. This is a clear indicator that the Texans are preparing for the likelihood of a search for a new head coach.

Then tighten up. It will be another uneven offseason over at Kirby, full of drama, intrigue and, we hope, sound decisions in the end.

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