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David Culley offers glimpse into offense, defense ideas for 2021 Texans

David Culley is the Texans new head coach, and he shared a few ideas about what he wants his offensive, defensive and special teams units to look like in 2021.

Above all else, the fourth head coach in team history harped on the importance of ball security for the offense.

"We're not going to be a football team that gives teams gifts," Culley said in a Texans TV 1-on-1 interview. "That's the most important thing for an offense: whoever touches that football, to make sure it's ours."

In 2020, Houston gave the ball away 18 times, which was actually in the top-third of the NFL. Only eight teams committed fewer turnovers, but the defense came up with the fewest takeaways in the League this season, picking off just three passes and recovering six fumbles.

For Culley, that must change.

"You're going to be a defense that's going to try to take that ball away," Culley said. "You're going to have a defense that's going to be aggressive, attacking, that's going to do the right things. That's going to make people lose their wills."

Culley didn't tip his hand on what major changes will take place on the offensive side of the ball, but he was effusive in his praise of Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson.

"Having a guy like that taking the snaps always, no matter who you're playing, gives you a chance to win," Culley said. "No matter who you're playing. He's the engine. The one that gets it started."

Culley and general manager Nick Caserio are in the process of assembling a staff and hiring coordinators and assistant coaches. The new head coach emphasized the offense will be "very flexible" and look different to opposing teams on a week-to-week basis.

He and the Texans can begin the offseason conditioning work as a team on April 5.

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