After only one season on the job, David Culley is the coach of the Houston Texans.
The Texans and Culley split Thursday at the end of a 4-13 season, USA TODAY Sports + senior NFL insider Josina Anderson confirmed.
Culley, 66, was hired last January after 27 years as an NFL assistant, the last two as the Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach and passing coordinator. However, the Texans’ offense failed to take off, finishing last in the NFL in all-out offense and 30th in scoring.
Not having quarterback Deshaun Watson – who threw for 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns a year ago – inactive every game has certainly been a contributing factor. In place of Watson, the Texans were forced to look to journeyman Tyrod Taylor and third-round rookie pick Davis Mills under center.
Culley becomes the sixth NFL head coach to be fired last week. Two other teams that finished the season with interim coaches are also looking to hire substitutes this offseason.
He’s also the second minority head coach to be sacked this offseason – joining former Miami Dolphins Brian Flores. There are three minority head coaches left: Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh, Ron Rivera in Washington and Robert Saleh of the New York Jets.