Texans 2021 teaching search: Lovie Smith, Josh McCown focused to affix David Culley in Houston, per report



There is a new sheriff on the town for the Houston Texans, and it isn’t who anybody anticipated. The workforce will reportedly rent David Culley as their new head coach after a prolonged search marred with controversy, the 65-year-old changing into the oldest first-time NFL head coach in league historical past. Culley joins the Texans after spending two seasons with John Harbaugh as part of the Baltimore Ravens teaching employees and totals 27 seasons of teaching expertise on the NFL stage — greater than 40 years in all. As he readies to take the reins in South Texas, it seems he and the group have already got eyes on who will be a part of him, and that reportedly consists of Lovie Smith and Josh McCown, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Community.

Smith could be an enormous get for the Texans within the function of defensive coordinator, contemplating his profile on the skilled stage. 

A former longtime head coach of the Chicago Bears, Smith was outlined by his capability to piece collectively and coach up an impactful protection, which helped land him the job as head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after his divorce from the Bears. The Buccaneers would change course in brief order and go after a a lot greater whale in Bruce Arians, and Smith would take his abilities again to the collegiate ranks as head coach on the College of Illinois in 2016 — the place he remained till parting methods with the Combating Illini in 2020. If he chooses to affix Culley as DC in Houston, it will mark the top of a half-decade hiatus from the NFL, the place he left with an 89-87 report as head coach.

As famous, he may additionally be joined by former quarterback Josh McCown, who interviewed for the pinnacle coach emptiness with the Texans earlier than being beat out by Culley. It is unclear what function McCown would garner, nevertheless it’s clear Houston likes what he’d deliver to the desk. They’re going to additionally reportedly preserve Tim Kelly onboard within the function of offensive coordinator, presumably to retain some stage of continuity on-staff for Professional Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson, who stays disgruntled with the workforce and has but to talk publicly concerning the hiring of Culley after seeing him beat out Leslie Frazier, Jim Caldwell and Eric Bieniemy; and it was the latter whom Watson pounded the desk for initially.

That’s merely one a part of why the connection between Watson and the Texans is fractured, and whereas Culley works to place his employees collectively for 2021, he is aware of his greatest drawback shall be making an attempt to verify his franchise quarterback sticks round — one thing that is far simpler stated than executed at this level



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