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David Culley’s tenure as head coach of the Houston Texans ended after just one season.
The Texans parted ways with the 66-year-old after the team went 4-13 in 2021.
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Mike Garafolo of NFL Network was the first to report the news,
After a rocky 2020 season in which Bill O’Brien was fired after four games and Romeo Crennel took over on an interim basis, the Texans looked to bring some stability to the organization.
Culley was hired Jan. 29 after a 27-year career as an assistant coach in the NFL. He spent the previous two seasons as an assistant head coach, wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens on John Harbaugh’s staff.
The Texans’ situation was complicated when quarterback Deshaun Watson requested a trade during the offseason.
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 filed criminal complaints.
Houston kept Watson inactive for the entire 2021 season due to his ongoing legal situation.
Culley was given a tough assignment in his first stint as head coach and did a decent job given how volatile the Texans have been.
Rookie quarterback Davis Mills showed promise in 11 starts. Stanford’s third round 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 a chance to build if they want to get out of the AFC South basement anytime soon. They’re going to have the No. 3 overall pick in 2022 to find a potential franchise player.