In his first game as a head coach, David Culley led his Houston Texans team to a resounding 37-21 win and a dominant performance over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"First of all, before I get started, I just want you all to know my feet are killing me right now, and my feet are killing me from running up and down that sideline when the offense was on the field, the defense was on the field, special teams was on the field," Culley said before taking questions during his postgame press conference. "So many good things were happening. I didn't know which way to go."
The Texans scored four touchdowns and gained 449 net yards of offense (289 passing, 160 rushing). Houston's defense recorded three interceptions and four quarterback hits against rookie QB Trevor Lawrence.
Tyrod Taylor completed 21-of-33 passes for 291-yards, tied for his third-most passing yards in a single game, and he threw two touchdown passes in his first start for the Texans.
"I know it means a lot to Coach Culley and definitely hats off to him," Taylor said. "He's done a great job of leading us from day one. His message has been strong, and as far as the players, we've done a great job of just responding. No one complained throughout Training Camp. We put our heads down, we worked, and we all got better and continued to keep building that chemistry, and we're going to continue to keep building chemistry and working and playing for one another as the season progresses."
If the Texans were underdogs heading into today's game, no one told them.
"This football team expected to win," Culley said. "We expected to win. We're not surprised simply because we played good football today. I thought at the very end we lost our composure a little bit with some penalties, but this football team expected to win today, and we knew if we did the things we had been practicing, we did the things that are winning football, we'd have a chance to win the game, and we did that today."
In the locker room after the game, Culley praised the coaching staff, their preparation, and the players for their execution and work.
The team responded by presenting Culley with the game ball for his first win as head coach.
"We love you and appreciate you and just continue to push us," WR Brandin Cooks said on behalf of the players. "You lead, and we follow, and we take care of everything else. First game ball for Coach Culley."
Culley said the team would enjoy the win for 24 hours before moving on to preparation for the Cleveland Browns in Week 2.
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