Texans fire head coach David Culley
15 January, 2022, 7:10 am
The Houston Texans fired first-year head coach David Culley, he confirmed Thursday.
“I’m disappointed, but it’s part of the business,” Culley told SportsTalk 790 in a radio interview. “I understand and I move on.”
Culley told the station that he has three years remaining guaranteed on his contract, contradicting earlier reports that he was given only two guaranteed years when he became head coach. NFL Network reported Culley is owed $17 million on those remaining years.
The Texans did not immediately confirm the termination of Culley, who guided the club to a 4-13 record this season. The team also reportedly fired offensive coordinator Tim Kelly.
Fox Sports reported Sunday that Culley would likely be fired with general manager Nick Caserio targeting former New England ally Josh McDaniels as head coach. McDaniels and Caserio were former teammates at John Carroll University.
In addition to Caserio, Flores has connections to Jack Easterby, who also has roots with the Patriots’ organization.
Between the 2020 shift away from a general manager, trading All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and firing coach Bill O’Brien, the Texans have been widely criticized for what appears to be less-than-optimal team management. Players were supportive of Culley on Monday before parting for the offseason but also voiced displeasure with the process that brought Culley and Caserio to Houston.
Culley, 66, took the job in Houston in January 2021 after quarterback Deshaun Watson requested the franchise trade him.
Watson reportedly felt disrespected by ownership when his preference for a new head coach, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, wasn’t seriously considered.
Prior to joining the Texans, Culley was an NFL assistant coach for 27 years following 15 years in the college ranks.