The Houston Texans fired head trainer David Culley on Thursday after one season with the group, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero announced, per sources. A NFL associate beginning around 1994, the 66-year-old Culley got his first head coaching opportunity with the Texans in 2021, however it kept going only one campaign in which Houston finished 4-13. Falling off a troublesome 2020 season that saw Bill O’Brien get fired after four games and Romeo Crennel take over on an interim basis, the Texans tried to carry some stability to the organization.
The Texans’ situation was complicated by quarterback Deshaun Watson requesting a trade during the offseason.
Culley was hired on Jan. 29 after a 27-year run as an assistant coach in the NFL. He spent the previous two seasons as the assistant head coach, wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens on John Harbaugh’s staff.
Watson was subsequently accused of sexual assault and sexual misconduct by 24 women. Twenty-two active civil lawsuits have been filed against the 26-year-old. Ten women, eight of whom have filed lawsuits, have brought criminal complaints.
Culley was given a difficult task in his first stint as a head coach and did a decent job given how volatile the Texans have been.
Houston kept Watson inactive for the entire 2021 season because of his ongoing legal situation.
Rookie quarterback Davis Mills showed some promise in 11 starts. The third-rounder out of Stanford threw for 2,664 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 66.8 percent of his attempts.
The Texans need to pick a direction and give their next head coach an opportunity to build if they want to get out of the AFC South cellar in the near future. They are going to have the No. 3 overall pick in 2022 to find a potential franchise player.
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