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Texans to be "deliberate" in search for next head coach

The Texans search for a new head coach is underway.

General Manager Nick Caserio met with the media Friday morning at NRG Stadium. During a nearly half-hour long press conference, he was asked a few times about who the next head coach will be and what qualities that coach should have.

"I don't think anybody should assume anything," Caserio said. "We're going to be very deliberate with this process. The most important thing is just finding the best fit for this organization. There's probably 1,000 things that go into that, so for me to kind of articulate one or two, I don't think is fair."

The team parted ways with the franchise’s fourth head coach, David Culley on Thursday afternoon. The interview process will likely begin over the next few days, but Caserio emphasized that there's no specific end-date for the Texans to announce the new hire.

"I wouldn't say there's a timeline," Caserio said. "We'll be patient, and however long it takes, it takes. When we have a solution we feel comfortable about, then we'll go ahead."

Caserio said there's "a lot of work" to be done toward improving the product on the field.

In addition to Culley's exit Thursday, the Texans also moved on from Offensive Coordinator Tim Kelly. Caserio believes Houston has "a lot of good coaches on our staff here, currently," but that there's a possibility there could be changes there once a new head coach is hired.

"We're not going to dictate anything," Caserio said. "We're going to have open discussions and dialogue. You're always open-minded and receptive for the coaches, about what their thoughts are, and plans are, from a staffing standpoint."

For the fifth time in Texans history, the team is hiring a new head coach. Dom Capers was hired over a year before the Texans played their first-ever regular season game. He served from 2001 through 2005. Capers was succeeded by Gary Kubiak, who served as head coach from 2006 through 2013. Bill O'Brien was head coach from 2014 through 2020, while Culley coached the Texans in 2021.

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