By all appearances, David Culley was hired to be fired

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Why did the Texans fire David Culley after one year? The better question is why did they ever hire him?

It appears that Culley was hired to be fired. Given that the franchise was in shambles upon the arrival of G.M. Nick Caserio, it would have been difficult if not impossible to get a coach with options (like Josh McDaniels) to opt for a season that would have resulted in the attachment of a 4-13 record, or perhaps even worse, to his record.

So the solution was to pick someone who had no options. Someone who never was even regarded as a head-coaching candidate. Someone who would be thrilled to take the job, because it was the only one he was ever going to get.

The Texans likely knew from the get-go that another bad season would happen, making it easy to justify a one-and-done tenure for Culley.

The team is pushing to the media outlet that it partially owns the notion that the decision was made after four days of careful evaluation. Horsecrap. They knew what they were doing before a Week 18 loss to the Titans. The four-day delay was intended, in our view, to create the impression that they sat down, rolled up their sleeves, and engaged in a full and complete evaluation of Culley’s first year, even if they knew months ago what would happen.

If they truly engaged in a fair evaluation of Culley, he wouldn’t have been fired. To go 4-13 with arguably the worst roster in football is no small feat. To develop rookie quarterback Davis Mills into perhaps the best of the 2021 class, so far, is noteworthy.

Then there’s the fact that Culley was being micromanaged during games by Caserio. How can any in-game failures be pinned to him when he constantly was having his boss look over this shoulder and/or tell him what to do?

Waiting four days put the Texans behind the teams already looking for coaches. That would matter if the Texans didn’t know who they were hiring. If, as some believe, they’ll hire McDaniels, it’s a safe bet that Caserio and Jack Easterby planned this move not last week or last month but last year.

Hey, maybe I’m wrong. We’ll see what Caserio or Easterby (if he comes out of hiding) have to say when pressed for answers during a press conference.

23 responses to “By all appearances, David Culley was hired to be fired

  1. That’s definitely what it seems like. Culley was the fall guy for Caserio and Easterby. And those two are retained for some reason.

  2. Until Easterby is gone, this franchise isn’t going to accomplish anything good on the field.

  3. I don’t often suggest Urban Meyer for a job.

    But he fits perfectly with this trash heap of a franchise.

  4. Well said. It’s a real shame what they did to the guy and his staff– unless they had some sort of handshake agreement that it would be temporary which is very unlikely. It was an unexpectedly great job by Culley and all the assistant coaches there.

  5. So the solution was to pick someone who had no options. Someone who never was even regarded as a head-coaching candidate. Someone who would be thrilled to take the job, because it was the only one he was ever going to get.

    The Texans likely knew from the get-go that another bad season would happen, making it easy to justify a one-and-done tenure for Culley.

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    This was obvious last year. I actually thought it would last another year since the Watson situation isn’t resolved. For his trouble Culley makes roughly $8 mill for one year. I’m guessing that’s probably 50x plus what he was making as a WR coach a year. It’s a nice golden parachute so Culley so don’t feel sorry for him. He knew the score and took the money.

  6. That organization is a hot mess and McDaniel’s would be foolish to even answer the phone if he see’s Caserio’s or Easterby’s number show up.

  7. Wait – what does this mean? “Then there’s the fact that Culley was being micromanaged during games by Caserio.”

    Was Caserio on the sidelines during games or was he texting him? If there is outside communication during games, that’s a bit of an issue. Just ask a former Browns GM!

  8. C’mon man!! $8 mil/ yr never in any universe for an unknown. last yr’s coaching cycle nobody except ?? Urban Meyer got anywhere near $8m/ yr maybe Culley signed for $2 mil/ yr for 2 yrs if and a BIG IF he was lucky

  9. Maybe Culley knew too? like they told him up front that he had a one year gig and he was ok with it. Maybe this was all transparent to him (but obviously not made public), and he took the job knowing the parameters. And took it thinking that if he overperformed maybe he gets more time, but probably not. Shrug.

  10. It’s really too bad because I thought he did as much as he could with what he was given. The team is in a complete rebuild, and will hopefully be acquiring some picks this offseason in exchange for Deshaun Watson so the team can build around Davis Mills. I actually thought Culley and the coaching staff would be a good group to develop and build around him.

    I think there are some pieces to build around, so hopefully they hire somebody good as the successor.

  11. If the Pats are going to get jacked … really losing McDaniels is no great loss and in games the teams lose the guy practically stinks … n hey can you take mullet kid BB’s boy n the trainwreck of whomever is coaching special teams this year !! … and as a comment above states Cully probably knew the deal going in but was paid nicely for his trouble while the attractiveness of the job for the incoming knob will be determined by the Watson in return package … so really they have one shot to get this right !!.

  12. I wish I would have known about this last year. If Culley got $ 8 Million, I would have done it for $ 2 Million and got them a better draft choice

  13. I for one would like to know and understand the hold Easterby has on Cal McNair. This is all very strange.

  14. I hadn’t heard Easterby’s name in a year and had high hopes the obsession with him was over. I was wrong…

  15. My thought is that they didn’t expect Flores to get fired but once they were able to talk with his agent and gauge his interest they fired Culley.

  16. But then why give him a 4 year deal worth $22 million? I guess $22 million to billionaire owners is a drop in the bucket, like a $14,000 fine to NFL stars. Or at least until they need taxpayer money to built a new stadium.

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