After one season, the Houston Texans fired David Culley as head coach. Sources say that Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo, and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that Culley was fired by the team.
Culley, 66, has been an NFL assistant since 1994. In 2021, he was offered his first coaching job with the Texans. Houston won 4-13.
Nick Caserio was also brought in during the offseason in 2021. He will now search for his second coach and third coach as the team’s head coach.
Culley’s dismissal follows the firing of Brian Flores as Miami Dolphins head coaches. Culley and Flores have been fired. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach, is now the NFL’s only Black coach.
Culley was fired after a long time in what was effectively a zero-win job starting from the moment he started. Deshaun Watson asked for a trade before Culley got hired. He did not play in the 2021 season due to 22 allegations of sexual misconduct.
J.J. Watt (the club’s most outstanding defensive player) was also released just weeks after Culley joined.
Culley’s only season as the head coach was successful in all aspects. Houston was a team with very few talent. The roster grew smaller as the season progressed, following the departures from running back Mark Ingram and wide receiver Anthony Miller. Houston’s remaining roster was filled mainly by veterans who were on one-year deals to prove it, which left Culley with very little to work with. Despite being 27th in total yards per games, points per game, and points allowed per match, the Texans won four of their remaining games. This was despite the fact that they were 27th or worse than many expected. 1 overall selection in the 2022 draft.
Culley’s Texans were particularly notable for the way they played down the stretch. The coach realized the value of giving Davis Mills, a third-round draft pick, the starting role in the team’s last five games. Mills surprised many by his play and it was a smart decision. The rookie posted four games with a passer rating of 92 or better and finished the stretch with a 9-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio, helping Houston win two of its final four games, including a stunning upset over the Chargers in Week 16.
Houston’s veteran mercenary team gave everything they had with nothing but future employment and refused to give up on superior opponents. After their Week 9 bye, the Texans beat two winning teams and took the AFC’s number-one seed Titans to the wire with their 28-25 defeat.