Houston Texans release statement after David Culley firing
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Houston Texans release statement after David Culley firing

Simon Gibbs3 days
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The Houston Texans fired head coach David Culley after one short season at the helm of the franchise, and shortly after the news broke, Texans general manager Nick Caserio released a statement on the firing.

According to Caserio, Culley was fired due to what he cited as “philosophical differences” in their plans for the organization.

“Earlier today, I met with David Culley and Tim Kelly to inform them we will be moving in a different direction at the head coach and offensive coordinator positions. I came to this difficult but necessary decision after reviewing our football operation,” Caserio said, via Tom Pelissero. “While a change after one season is unusual, we had philosophical differences over the long-term direction and vision for our program moving forward. We appreciate Coach Culley for helping us navigate through a difficult season, but it is my responsibility to make decisions that I feel are best for our organization. The search for the next head coach of thee Houston Texans will begin immediately.”

Culley, 66, went just 4-13 in his one season at the helm of the Texans; albeit, with one of the most depleted rosters in the NFL.

Texans owe former head coach David Culley jaw-dropping amount of cash

Former Houston Texans head coach David Culley will be sitting pretty despite losing his job on Thursday. The Texans reportedly owe Culley $17 million to be paid over the next three years, according to Tom Pelissero.

The Texans initially hired David Culley to replace former head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien. O’Brien, now at Alabama, had a series of trade requests from franchise cornerstones in a run of disappointing seasons.

Culley then left his post as Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach, wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator to undertake the rebuild in his first ever head coaching role.

In his one season, Culley led a depleted Texans team with a number of off-field issues to a 4-13 record. Houston will have the No. 3 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

After firing Culley, the Texans quickly fired offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, according to Adam Schefter.

Another interesting side note from the firing focuses on league diversity or a lack thereof at the moment. Following Thursday’s news and the firing of Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores earlier this week, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers is the only active black head coach.

NFL insiders report two different top Texans candidates

Just hours after the Houston Texans fired David Culley, NFL insiders named two different “lead” candidates for the job. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former NFL player and New England Patriots linebacker coach Jerod Mayo is expected to emerge as a lead candidate for the position.

Mayo spent his entire playing career with the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick, rejoining as an inside linebacker coach in 2019. While the organization does not have a formal defensive coordinator, Mayo has worked alongside Steve Belichick, the outside linebacker coach. He’s now a prominent head coaching candidate for multiple teams.

Another report from NFL insider Aaron Wilson named former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores, who also holds Bill Belichick ties, the top candidate at this time. Flores was a surprise firing this week after helping guide Miami to a winning season with a seven-game win streak. He also had a pair of victories over the New England Patriots.

On3’s James Fletcher and Nikki Chavanelle contributed to this report.