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The Houston Texans are the last remaining team to fill their head coaching vacancy, but at least it’s done. The Bill O’Brien replacement will be none other than David Culley, according to a tweet from Adam Schefter at ESPN.
If you’re wondering who David Culley is, don’t worry … you’re not alone. That’s been a common theme on social media following the news. He held three titles with the Baltimore Ravens: associate head coach, passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Ravens’ Asst HC/WR coach/Pass-game coordinator David Culley is being hired as the Houston Texans’ head coach, as @McClain_on_NFL reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2021
Culley has been in the NFL coaching game for close to three decades. He’s spent time with the Buccaneers, Steelers, Eagles, Chiefs, Bills and Ravens. That means the Texans will be the seventh franchise to employ Culley, but it will be his first as a head coach.
This is a guy who has a ton of respect in NFL circles. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has been a big advocate for Culley in the past, but this is still an uninspiring hire. Granted, none of the final candidates were considered home run options.
It might concern fans that he’s just now getting his first crack at being a head coach at the age of 65 (he’ll be 66 around the start of the season.) Culley has achieved a lot in his lifetime. He was the first black quarterback at Vanderbilt University.
That’s a fantastic accomplishment, but the hire still seems to fall flat. A 65-year-old passing game coordinator with no head coaching experience is a tough sell to Texan fans, but with limited draft capital, cap space and a disgruntled quarterback, the job was a tough sell too.
It would be a great story if Culley could overcome the odds and be successful in his first run as leading man. We won’t get our hopes up, though. He’s already the fourth-oldest coach in the NFL.
Maybe the Texans can hire Josh McCown as the offensive coordinator and groom him to be the eventual replacement. Eh, I’m just reaching now.
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