Sources: Texans fire head coach David Culley after one year

Houston unexpectedly became the sixth NFL team to change coaches for the 2022 season.

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans they fired the head coach David Culey, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

On Sunday, after the Texans they concluded a 4-13 season, Culley he said he hoped to return for a second campaign. However, team owners and management took the last few days to evaluate the head coach and decided to fire him on Thursday.

The dismissal occurs one year after the Texans they hired Culley, a former assistant who became the oldest rookie head coach in the NFL at 65. Culley, hired in January 2021 by CEO and team president Cal McNair and general manager Nick Caserio, was the only African-American head coach hired last offseason and was one of three African-American head coaches in the NFL.

Before being hired at houston, Culley he spent two seasons as an assistant head coach, passing coordinator and wide receivers coach on the Baltimore Ravens. Culley he spent 43 years as an assistant in college football and in the NFL.

In the first season of Culley as head coach, Texans they won the same number of games as the previous season under interim head coach Romeo Crennel. Culley he did it with a banged-up roster and one team has had only one first-round draft pick in the past four years.

houston he was without quarterback Deshaun Watson, who requested a trade in January after the McNair family signed Caserio. Less than two months later, the first of 23 civil lawsuits was filed against Watson charging him with sexual assault and misconduct. Watson, who still faces 22 active lawsuits, reported to training camp and was on the active roster all season. The quarterback was not activated in any game.

The Texans Also missing from 2021 was defensive end JJ Watt, who asked to be released after the 2020 season and now plays for the Arizona Cardinals.

That season, the Texans they dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars in the season opener, before losing veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor in Week 2 to a hamstring injury. He was replaced by 2021 third-round draft pick David Mills, who went 0-6 in his six starts while Taylor was on injured reserve.

After Taylor struggled on his return from injured reserve, he was benched to make way for Mills, who beat the Jaguars and Los Angeles Chargers in back-to-back weeks.