The fourth head coach in Texans history will bring over four decades of experience to the job.
Yes, David Culley hasn't been a head coach nor coordinator before getting his shot in Houston, but neither did Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid, whom Culley worked for at the Eagles and Chiefs. Culley's former boss during the 2019-2020 NFL seasons, John Harbaugh, was a special teams and defensive backs coach before landing the top job with the Baltimore Ravens.
I'm even old enough to remember when former Receivers Coach Raymond Berry interrupted his real estate career to coach the New England Patriots midway through the 1984 season. A year later, he was in the Super Bowl.
I like that Culley has seen how Bill Cowher leads his staff from his days in Pittsburgh in the late 90s. I think it's great that he can remember how Sam Wyche might have handled a situation or two from his time in Tampa Bay.
I love that he learned even more from Reid and Harbaugh, and that he spent a couple of seasons with the new-look Buffalo Bills under Sean McDermott.
I also like that he has some Aggie DNA from working under R.C. Slocum in the early 90s.
As a college quarterback at Vanderbilt University, his first start was against Houston's own Rice University in 1975, a 9-6 win.
People who know him well call Culley a leader. The videos and stories on this site will echo that. He'll be the football CEO, provide the vision and do what he can to make everyone better - the coaches included.
Culley will let his coordinators operate their phases of the game and focus on the big picture. There was a time (oh yeah, just last year) when the media was hoping the head coach wouldn't call plays and keep his attention on the flow of the game.
There's something all seven new hires in the NFL have in common – they're all 0-0. It's up to Culley and his staff to turn this team back into a winner as soon as possible, and we all will be watching to see them get to work.
Houston Texans announce David Culley as Head Coach.