Houston Texans have reportedly picked up Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach David Culley to lead the team, latest sources have claimed.
Houston Texans had a lackluster 2020 reason, registering only four wins to 12 losses, finishing third in AFC South thus failing to qualify for the playoffs. They also ranked the lowest in the league in passing rating, despite Deshaun Watson having played his best NFL season with career-high touchdowns (33), passing yards (4823) and completion percentage (70.22%).
Texans had fired Bill O’Brien on 5th October last year after a six year tenure at the team and was replaced by his former assistant Romeo Crennel as the new interim head coach.
However, things are likely to improve for them the next season as sources have told ESPN as well as Houston Chronicle that David Culley has swapped sides from Ravens as his first head coach job with the Texans.
Genuine, full of energy: Ravens coach admires David Culley as he arrives in Houston
David Culley, who has served under Ravens head coach John Harbaugh as his assistant plus their wide receivers coach & passing game coordinator, is arriving at NRG Stadium with a good backing from his previous team, as ESPN’s Ed Werder revealed a text message he received from the Ravens boss.
“David is just a genuine guy. He will be who he is everyday,” Harbaugh’s text to Werder read, “Has been that guy every day of his career. I’m thrilled for him. Great person. Genuine. Full of energy.”
Along with appraisals from Harbaugh, Culley has also been hailed by Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who assured that the “very loyal” 65-year-old always channels a “positive energy” to the dressing room.
A Vanderbilt Commodores player in his youth, Culley has previously served as the assistant head coach for Kansas City Chiefs as well as wide receivers coach for Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles and also as the quarterback coach for Buffalo Bills.
Culley is also set to become the fifth active minority head coach in the league, after Robert Saleh (New York Jets), Brian Flores (Miami Dolphins), Mike Tomlin (Steelers) and Ron Rivera (Washington).