The Texans’ Deshaun Watson strategy is doing David Culley no favors

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The Texans presumably have a plan in place when it comes to their handling of quarterback Deshaun Watson. They apparently have not shared it with new coach David Culley. Or, perhaps, they don’t trust him to not blurt it out during a press conference.

As a result, Culley is getting regularly grilled about the status of Watson, and Culley regularly is coming off as having no idea about the situation. For a man trying to establish himself as an NFL-caliber head coach after the team’s surprising decision to hire a candidate who had never been mentioned by anyone as a potential NFL head coach, Culley is being done no favors by the Texans.

On Tuesday, Culley was asked about the absence of Watson from the team’s first padded practice of training camp.

“Well, as I said before, we’re day-to-day with it,” Culley said. “The only thing that’s changed from the standpoint of that is we make decisions every day based on what’s best for our football team, and I’m going to leave it at that.”

Culley was then asked, “You can’t tell us why he was not at practice today?”

“Again, I’m going to leave it at that,” Culley said. (The video doesn’t make it look any better.)

It’s not Culley’s fault. These decisions surely are being made by G.M. Nick Caserio and/or others in the front office, such as Jack Easterby and/or Cal McNair. It’s unfair for Culley to be the one to face the music while the others hide behind a curtain.

By all appearances, the Texans have placed Watson on de facto paid leave while waiting to see whether someone makes an acceptable trade offer and/or whether the league office places Watson on the Commissioner Exempt list. Caserio, as we’ve heard it, doesn’t want to solicit and accept the best available offer for Watson because he is partially paralyzed by fear of not getting enough for the franchise quarterback.

However it goes and whatever the plan, Culley shouldn’t be serving as the media interface on Watson’s status. Someone else — Caserio, Easterby, or McNair — need to be the ones answering the questions. Culley is clearly clueless on the issue, and clueless isn’t a good look for a coach who is trying to motivate and inspire a large group of professional athletes.

15 responses to “The Texans’ Deshaun Watson strategy is doing David Culley no favors

  1. Watching his presser all I can say is that he very much seems lost. He does not inspire confidence. One and done guaranteed. It’s like they hired him to ensure the first pick in the draft to replace Watson.

  2. Culley reminds me of Jim Tomsula, who also appeared to be in way over his head with the 49ers when talking to the press.

  3. This is the reason he was hired. The Texans knew their next coach wouldn’t be successful if Vince Lombardi himself came back from the dead. So why pay big money for a big name or saddle an up and comer with a lousy record at their first head coaching job?

    Find a lifer who’ll be grateful for the job and let him flail around for a few years.

  4. For a man trying to establish himself as an NFL-caliber head coach after the team’s surprising decision to hire a candidate who had never been mentioned by anyone as a potential NFL head coach, Culley is being done no favors by the Texans.

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    I think this was the point of the hire. They don’t care if this guy goes 0-17. He’s the fall guy to buy the incompetent people that run that team cover. It’s why he is the only person who would take it because he has nothing to lose and will be a millionaire afterward regardless.

  5. David Culley is doing David Culley no favors. He was hired purely because he wouldn’t disagree with any of Easterby’s ideas. When you’re a 30 year old team executive with no clue who do you hire to coach? A 65-year-old with zero head coaching experience who is just happy to have the job and will happily step aside after a couple years.

  6. It’s not Culley’s fault, but he’s always going to be known as the coaching hire that ended the Texans’ relationship with Watson. It was the handling of that hire that was the straw that broke the camels back.

    Cully’s not stupid. He knows Watson is going to be traded. He just doesn’t know when or to whom.

    If I’m the Texans, I do not settle for anything less than what Watson is worth w/o the scandal. If I don’t get that, I wait until the offseason. The money you pay him to be inactive all year is the price of being idiots in the first place (ahem…Cal). Sure, that could blow up in their face with the legal situation – but that’s better than getting a Hopkins type deal for him. The deal they make for Watson will define the franchise for the next 5+ years.

  7. The Texans management (Cully not included)is displaying a level of ineptness that rivals what we are used to seeing with the Jets.

  8. The Texans are tanking for 2 years to regroup from the bad trades made by their former HC. Watson has proven he doesn’t have what it takes to win against the best. Look at all the games he lost after jumping out to big leads, then folding under the pressure.
    When a QB goes 4-12 and pads the stat sheet, he’s like the ‘87 Indians: getting blown out and hitting garbage time HRs when they’re throwing all fastballs. He needs a top 3 defense to get him to a conference championship game. Probably a #1 defense to win a SB.

  9. When a coach leaves, and the team gets better, you had a bad coach. When a coach leaves, and the team gets worse, you had a good coach. Bill O’Brien was a good coach. I’m sure he’s glad he got out of Houston.

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