One day, hopefully long, long time out in the future, my grandchildren will jump on my lap and they will look up from their phones long enough to ask me “Grandpa, when did you know that the decision to hire David Culley was not are you going to train? ”
So after wondering why the hell my grandson (or grandson) would care about a head coach who was hired by the team for under a calendar year, I want to tell him or her, “Well, it was actually very early in his term of office? “They will say” Oh, you mean like the first month of the season? ” to which I will reply “No, the first three minutes of his inaugural press conference.”
When David Culley had to answer his first question about Deshaun Watson, whose trade demands until then had been public for well over three weeks, and he appeared to be utterly delusional, utterly tone deaf and insane with no idea… yes, that was the moment.
On Thursday afternoon, David Culley’s demise as head coach of the Texans officially became, when he was fired, the first “one and done” head coach in the franchise’s history. There will be many more posts and follow-up discussions about what happened Thursday – hell, since I started writing this, the Texans also fired offensive coordinator Tim Kelly! – but for now, here are my first thoughts:
Culley was on his way, FAR over his head as NFL head coach
If Culley’s only role as head coach for the Texans was to be caretaker for a few years while the Texans tried to rebuild this thing and the way his contract was written (four year deal, with only two years guaranteed), it would seem that be the case, he really could not even handle it properly. Culley often seemed overwhelmed by the game’s decision – making, and in the end he was overly loyal to his coaching staff, while blaming the players’ performance for many of the team’s problems, especially offensively. When he said he would bring his entire staff back next season, it looked like the drop, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. From day one and all the way up to his final days, Culley behaved more like a fan who won a competition to coach an NFL team than to show the presidential qualities needed for a head coach.
So why do people feel sorry for David Culley?
This is a tough one for me. Let me start this by saying that the Texans could have handled this firing much more elegantly. Moreover, the organization has put itself in a place where they are criticized for pretty much everything they do. They earned it. They have been a mess for two years now. That said, I’m having a hard time feeling sorry for a coach who reportedly will be paid $ 8 million for doing his job poorly in a year, especially since this was the only head coach job he would ever get. David Culley had never even been a coordinator before, and he got one of the 32 most prestigious coaching jobs in the sport. If it’s disrespectful, if it hangs someone out to dry, then get started and hang me disrespectfully out to dry every day of the week. I do not feel sorry for David Culley a little bit. I also do not feel sorry for Tim Kelly or any of the other assistants whose areas of the team have underperformed massively all season. Such is life in the big city.
The Texans organization under Cal McNair has been chaos in the front office and on the sidelines since 2018
Under their founder, the late Bob McNair, was the Texans’ business card when it came to hiring at the head coach and general manager level, stability and patience. Under Bob McNair, the Texans had three head coaches and two general managers in the 16 years he ran things before he died. Since McNair’s son, Cal, took over in 2018, the Texans are heading toward their third full-time head coach and are under the leadership of their third general manager. Coincidentally, these changes all began around the time Jack Easterby strolled into the building. Even with all these changes, the Texans are sitting right now with one of the worst lists in the league and a waiting list for season tickets that have disappeared.
It’s natural that GM Nick Caserio probably has someone determined in mind for this job. The Texans are likely to have to follow league protocols by interviewing candidates, including adhering to the Rooney rule, which requires minority candidates to be included as well. Right now, according to Aaron Wilson, newly fired Miami head coach Brian Flores is the target of the search:
The Texans are aiming for former Dolphins coach Brian Flores as their top contender at the moment, according to several league sources. He has a strong relationship with Nick Caserio.
– Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 13, 2022
The chaos continues at Kirby.
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