Four days after the end of the NFL regular season, head coaches’ heads are still rolling. The latest to get the chopping block was David Culley, fired Thursday afternoon by the Houston Texans.
Culley was the biggest surprise of the coaching carousel for the 2021 season, as the former Baltimore Ravens assistant wide receivers coach was not on most staffs prior to being chosen by the Texans.
4-13 record on the season
Houston finished with a 4-13 record, winning two of their last four games. It may not seem like much, but they were considered a team that could go 0-17 before 2021.
“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,” General Manager Nick Caserio said in a statement Thursday evening. “I came to this difficult but necessary decision after reviewing our football operation. 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 coach of the Houston Texans will begin immediately.”
Despite the lockout and not losing the locker room like Joe Judge with the New York Giants, the Texans ended Culley’s tenure after one year, joining the Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and New York Giants as the franchises that will have a new coach in Week 1 of 2022 than the one who started last season.
Culley, who has lasted the least amount of time in Houston
Houston will be looking for its fifth head coach in franchise history. Culley is the only one to be fired after just one year; in fact, he’s the only one to fall short of four years.
Dom Capers was in place from the birth of the Southeast Texas team in 2002 to 2005, Gary Kubiak followed from 2006 to mid-2013, a season that ended Wade Phillips as interim. In 2014 they hired Bill O’Brien, who stayed until mid-2020, when he was fired and Romeo Crennel finished the campaign, before handing the reins to Culley for 2021.