David Culley is lastly getting his alternative to steer an NFL crew after working for greater than a quarter-century as a professional assistant. He’s about to turn into the Texans’ new head coach, changing Invoice O’Brien and interim coach Romeo Crennel, in keeping with a number of reviews Wednesday night time.
Culley, 65, is becoming a member of Houston by the use of Baltimore, the place he labored the previous two seasons because the Ravens’ assistant head coach, passing sport coordinator and large receivers coach. Which means he is transferring from Lamar Jackson to, for the second, Deshaun Watson. Whether or not Watson can be behind heart for the Texans in Week 1 stays to be seen.
If Watson does keep, then he can be taking part in for a revered NFL teaching vet whose historical past is on the offensive facet of the ball.
A fast SN sketch of Culley, who inherits a 4-12 crew which may be in transition within the offseason:
Culley is the most recent department on the Andy Reid teaching tree
Culley was part of Reid’s workers in Philadelphia and Kansas Metropolis for a mixed 18 seasons (1999-2016) earlier than transferring to the Payments (and ex-Reid assistant Sean McDermott) in 2017 after which the Ravens (and ex-Reid assistant John Harbaugh) in 2019. He was Reid’s large receivers coach in each locations, including assistant HC duties alongside the way in which.
Reid, who’s making ready the Chiefs for Tremendous Bowl 55, identified a few of Culley’s high private traits.
#Chiefs HC Andy Reid on David Culley, a member of his workers in Philadelphia and Kansas Metropolis: “Nice individual. Very loyal. Will carry optimistic vitality to the constructing.”
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 28, 2021
Optimistic vitality and folks abilities can be wanted after the Texans’ poor season, which left star pass-rusher J.J. Watt annoyed.
Private qualities apart, Culley is a first-time head coach with no expertise as a full-time coordinator, however the Houston Chronicle reported that new Texans common supervisor Nick Caserio instructed Culley of their second interview that Caserio had no points with that lack of expertise.
Culley had an extended faculty teaching profession earlier than the NFL
He started within the faculty ranks in 1978 with Austin Peay. Stops at Vanderbilt, Center Tennessee State, Chattanooga, Southwestern Louisiana, UTEP and Texas A&M adopted earlier than he was employed by the Buccaneers in 1994.
Former Aggies coach R.C. Slocum lauded his ex-assistant for his character.
“He’ll do a terrific job. He’s the form of man within the clubhouse that gamers wish to play for. He’ll rally the fellows round him,” Slocum instructed the Chronicle after studying that the Texans have been about to rent Culley.
He edged out former NFL head coaches for the Texans job
The Chronicle reported that the Texans additionally interviewed Leslie Frazier, Jim Caldwell and Marvin Lewis for the job, in addition to assistants Matt Eberflus, Brandon Staley (who grew to become the Chargers’ head coach) and Joe Brady.
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Per the Chronicle, additionally they interviewed Eric Bieniemy, Reid’s present offensive coordinator in Kansas Metropolis. Watson reportedly grew to become upset when the Texans initially didn’t comply with his suggestion to speak to Bieniemy. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes reportedly gave Bieniemy a robust advice in a dialog with Watson.