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banned1976

sleeper mode
Culley is an empty suit with a whistle. From the day he was hired. It feels like he was hired as a favor to someone else involved in the league.

It would be one thing if he had suddenly caught fire as Assistant Head Coach and Passing Coordinator under Harbaugh 2019-2020, but that didn't happen. Baltimore was dead last in passing yards in 2020. 171.2 yards per game. This year Baltimore averages 260 YPG passing, good for 10th best in the league. The only reason he isn't being excoriated by every single Texans fan is because the guy he replaced was probably the most hated man in Houston sports...minus Bud Adams...maybe.

There is no excuse for hiring Culley. Bo Porter would have been a better hire to coach this team. At least he's a man that deserved, and got respect from the people he led. I don't think these players respect Culley. And why would they?
 

JB

Old Curmudgeon
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You’d think Caserio coming in as the new head honcho on football ops would want to distance himself from the idiocy of BOB and Easterby by picking a good head coach that can start a rebuild. Culley is a joke. No one respects him. How can you have a rebuild when your GM with his first major decision picks a coach who has proven himself to be the worst in the NFL. We should all be confident with that decision that Caserio will turn this team around. There is no logic to hire the idiot we have other than wanting to dictate assistant coaches (they kept RAC!!) and meddle in the coaching out of ego.
Anyone thinking that a serious rebuild effort started this year is fooling himself. Never the plan. This year is about starting the clean up process... that's all folks
 

banned1976

sleeper mode
Your assumption is that the Texans could have hired a good head coaching candidate. The reality may be that Culley was about as good as they could get.
If the candidates were told they would have no control over the staff and players signed/released/drafted, I could believe the statement above. And that may have been the case, I don't know.
 

Texazan

Our HOF 34
The Culley hire and the Kelley retention were made because of past comments of DW4
That's a long held theory that has truth for sure but if Easterby had a play in it which you know he did.....as ridiculous as it is Culley had the FCA edge. I mean, rumor has it he runs a heck of a bible study
 

JB

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That's a long held theory that has truth for sure but if Easterby had a play in it which you know he did.....as ridiculous as it is Culley had the FCA edge. I mean, rumor has it he runs a heck of a bible study
Of course Easterby had a hand in it... Culley is the compromise that all could live with
 

Double Barrel

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The inherent problem with Culley the janitor theory is that they will be selecting players in future drafts based on schemes that might not even be applicable to future coaching hires.

Future HC candidates will take that into consideration, not to mention having his assistant coaches dictated to him, meddling owners that know little about the actual game of football, and a focus on some kind of mythical culture that is not a result of winning but is based on idealistic delusions.

Yeah, good luck with that. The HC choices will be limited, all things considered. I expect Culley 2.0! lol
 

OptimisticTexan

2021 Building Block 1 / Go Texans
The inherent problem with Culley the janitor theory is that they will be selecting players in future drafts based on schemes that might not even be applicable to future coaching hires.

Future HC candidates will take that into consideration, not to mention having his assistant coaches dictated to him, meddling owners that know little about the actual game of football, and a focus on some kind of mythical culture that is not a result of winning but is based on idealistic delusions.

Yeah, good luck with that. The HC choices will be limited, all things considered. I expect Culley 2.0! lol
I think Culley is one and done along with Kelly. IMHO, one was hired and one was kept to hopefully lure Watson back into the fold. It didn’t workout so Caserio will move forward and get his staff in advance of the 2022 draft so the rebuild can begin in earnest.

I believe Caserio knows he cannot afford to use this draft to fulfill the needs of Culley and his staff….especially if the team gains the Watson trade picks as well.
 

thunderkyss

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As far as Caserio is concerned, I said from the get-go that this year would be a mulligan for him. That said, there's nothing he's done to this point that fills me with much confidence once this mulligan period is over.
Agreed

OB was NOT the worst HC. Worst GM ever, yes, but he was an average HC.
Still in the anybody but O'Brien camp. Just like Kubiak (who I like) it was time to move on & I was just happy they decided to move on.
 

Number19

Hall of Fame
Smith was hired on January 29th. Lovie was interviewing with Caserio on the day Culley was hired. He may not have signed his contract until March, due to negotiations with the University of Illinois over the payout of his remaining contract. Pretty sure the rest of your dates are off, as well. Campen was hired in February.
Your link is behind a pay wall, but going just on your comment, Lovie wasn't interviewed until after Culley was interviewed and an agreement between Caserio and Culley and hired as HC. If Lovie was on Casrio's short list, this wouldn't have precluded discussion with Culley on the hire.

As for Campen, I didn't dig any deeper than my search results which says Campen was hired March 10. There obviously would have been interviews prior to his hiring.

All of my dates are the dates the hirings were announced to the news media.

The point of my post is that Culley would have been involved in discussions of the hiring of his coaching staff.
 

OptimisticTexan

2021 Building Block 1 / Go Texans
When a GM selects a HC……in all reality his job is done. He now turns the responsibility of filling out the coaching staff to the HC he hired. The only thing the HC should be running by the GM at this point is what the team is willing to pay those coordinators and position coaches.
 

steelbtexan

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When a GM selects a HC……in all reality his job is done. He now turns the responsibility of filling out the coaching staff to the HC he hired. The only thing the HC should be running by the GM at this point is what the team is willing to pay those coordinators and position coaches.
Pay for assistant coaches should be discussed in HC interviews.
 

Number19

Hall of Fame
OK, Culley was involved. Still, Nick had the final decision.
OK, so what? This is not unusual. GM's usually do, or at least often do, have final say. Unless you like it when the GM and HC is combined into one position, like with OB.

It's a difference in the business management of the organization. Have you seen the Kevin Costner movie Draft Day? I would compare Caserio with Sonny Weaver Jr.
 

Number19

Hall of Fame
When a GM selects a HC……in all reality his job is done. He now turns the responsibility of filling out the coaching staff to the HC he hired. The only thing the HC should be running by the GM at this point is what the team is willing to pay those coordinators and position coaches.
For position coaches, I agree. But not necessarily so for both OC or DC. The HC's experience will usually be with one or the other. The GM may very well have the final say in the other. It would certainly be discussed in the interviews. I've even read of situations of co-HC's. But if a HC candidate is not in agreement with the GM, why would the GM hire that candidate? These decisions are worked out before contracts are signed.
 

TheRealJoker

Hall of Fame
My biggest complaint with Culley thus far is the offense and lack of discipline (penalties). The defense is doing about as well as can be expected. Lovie is a legit DC and with more talent can put together a successful defense even in the “new era” from his Tampa 2 glory years.

But the offense is too similar to OB’s jumbled mess minus the franchise QB. I want to know what the OL is attempting to accomplish. Not in the way that they tip off whether the play is a run or pass (which they do a poor job of disguising). But in a clearly defined philosophy to score more points than the other team.

Regardless of talent level, the team should not commit as many “unforced errors” as this team has been doing all season. Presnap penalties should be about as common as missed extra points. But regardless of “how hard they practice”, the same mistakes happen week after week to stall drives.
 

thunderkyss

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Presnap penalties should be about as common as missed extra points. But regardless of “how hard they practice”, the same mistakes happen week after week to stall drives.
Is there a site that tabulate preSnap penalties? Offensively I believe most of the penalties are post snap.
 

76Texan

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Earl34

All Pro
The Culley hire and the Kelley retention were made because of past comments of DW4
Whenever I read this or similar comments. I wonder if this is similar to your spouse making her wishes known that your next vacation should be a location with a nice, beautiful beach. You don't even explore the possibility of the beautiful sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of the Caribbean islands or Mexico and take her to Galveston.

Technically, you met her requirements. However, it still doesn't justify that fact that you totally ignored better options.
 

JB

Old Curmudgeon
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Whenever I read this or similar comments. I wonder if this is similar to your spouse making her wishes known that your next vacation should be a location with a nice, beautiful beach. You don't even explore the possibility of the beautiful sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of the Caribbean islands or Mexico and take her to Galveston.

Technically, you met her requirements. However, it still doesn't justify that fact that you totally ignored better options.
Did the wife wait until the week before the vacation to make her wishes known?
 


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