Texans coach David Culley made one of the weirdest coaching decisions in the NFL in week two. He declined a defensive penalty that would have kept a Texans alive and punted.
To recap, the Texans had the ball on their own 38-yard line early in the second quarter and faced a third and 15. Browns defensive end Takkarist McKinley jumped offside in the third game, on which Taylor hooked up to Brandin Cooks for a 13-yard gain.
From there, the Texans had a few decisions. The team could accept the penalty and try to convert a third and 10, or Culley could refuse it and try to convert a fourth and 2 from Cleveland’s 49-yard line.
IYER: contenders and contenders after two weeks of 2021 NFL season
Instead, Houston chose to take an unexpected punt. Culley admitted on Monday that his decision to do so was a mistake.
“If I had to do it again I would have taken the penalty. It was more out of frustration than anything else,” Culley told reporters, according to ProFootballTalk. “I was a little frustrated at the time because I was thinking about the position on the pitch. I didn’t want to do anything that hurts us. … It was just out of frustration of me with the series. we had at the time. But if it had to be done again, I would have taken the penalty and given our offense a chance to get the first try, which I should have done. “
INJURY UPDATE: Is Tyrod Taylor in “Thursday Night Football?”
Admittedly, it was a mistake by the coach for the first time. Culley practically sacrificed offensive play for 29 yards of field position, as Cameron Johnston’s punt sailed into the end zone for a touchback.
That said, the mistake didn’t affect the Texans much. The Browns failed to score on the disc that followed, as the Texans intercepted Baker Mayfield. Houston scored on the next possession to take a 14-7 lead.
NFL POWER RANKINGS: New team climbs to second place
Yet Culley won’t want to make that mistake again. As such, he’ll need to clean up his strategy and game plan ahead of a “Thursday Night Football” game against the Panthers, among other issues Houston faced in Week 2.