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22 minutes ago, TheKillerNacho said:

why hire him in the first place if 4-13 wasn't going to cut it? that was basically their ceiling.

Who would have taken that job ? Nobody. Except a nobody like Culley.
He was a merely placeholder, while Caserio cleaned up the roster & cap for the next HC.

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They hired him because they thought Watson would like it. Now he is out of the picture and they are going to get a HC they actually like.

It was a dumb thought process regardless, but at least they can go and get a guy they believe in. Culley did better than most of us thought he would regardless.

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3 hours ago, viking said:

Guy made something out of nothing, he will be a good addition to another teams staff for next season.


3 hours ago, AZ_Eaglesfan said:

Culley did better than most of us thought he would regardless.

Comments like this really seem to be focused on record and not what led to this record.

Here's a really deep dive into the David Culley era in Houston:


Some fun nuggets:

- The Texans’ matched Las Vegas’ preseason expected win total, but when they weren’t competitive, they were really not competitive. They lost on average by 17.2 points.

- The 2020 Texans had a minus-80 point differential through 16 games, while Culley’s Texans were minus-169 through 16 games. In 2020, the Texans were 2-9 in one-score games; this season’s team was 0-4. No Texans team played in fewer one-score games than this season’s Texans, despite this being the longest season in Texans history.

- But in both of those victories (LAC, Tenn) as well as the Texans’ Week 1 win over the Jaguars, Houston finished plus-3 or better in turnover margin. In other words, turnover luck bounced the Texans’ way in a significant way, and that’s not a sustainable way to win or a smart way to evaluate the team’s overall performance.

- He’s made elementary game-management errors and offered head-scratching explanations. Among them:

He declined a penalty to punt a play early against the Browns out of frustration.

He did not understand Caserio’s in-game advice on the headset to let the Patriots score late in a close loss.

In that same Patriots game, he thought the clock stopped on New England’s final drive because of an incomplete pass, but it stopped because Culley called a timeout.

Down 11 early in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins, in a game in which his team failed to score a touchdown in its three prior red zone trips, Culley opted for a field goal from the Miami 1-yard line.

He said after losing to the Dolphins that his team would never win while turning the ball over four times, despite the Texans defense recording five takeaways that day.

After seeing the Texans’ up-tempo passing game have success in a failed comeback against the Titans, Culley said he shouldn’t have relied so heavily on one of the least efficient running games of this century. It took him 16.5 games to come to that revelation.


Let's level set here - the Texans are bad, sure. David Culley was part of the reason they were bad.

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Just now, MikeT14 said:

Why would Flores trade for Tua?

All the Patriot Way connections with Saban. I’ve read a few reports too that Flores and Tua worked well together. I’ll admit I don’t follow either that closely and have heard conflicting reports on the Flores/Tua thing but I know, given that BO’B hated Watson, there’s no way he sticks around with Flores given that both are cut from the same Belichick cloth and those guys stick together. 

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