David Culley: NFL down to one Black head coach as Houston Texans fire head coach after just one season

“Earlier today I met with David Cooley and Tim Kelly to tell them we’re going to be moving in a different direction as head coach and offensive coordinator,” Texas State General Manager Nick Caserio said.

“I came to this difficult but necessary decision after reviewing our football operations. While a change after one season is unusual, we had philosophical differences about the long-term direction and vision of our program going forward.

“We appreciate Coach Culley for helping us navigate through a difficult season, but it is my responsibility to make decisions that I feel are best for our organization. The search for the next coach for the Houston Texans will begin immediately.”

Cooley’s stint in a Texas job has seemed like an uphill journey since he was hired before the start of the season.

Watson had requested a deal from the team before the 66-year-old was hired, and defensive star and organization columnist JJ Watt was released just weeks later.

But despite the turmoil the team was going through, Cooley managed to rally his players and the Texans seemed to be playing above their station.

In a statement announcing his dismissal, Cooley said he had “loved every minute” of his tenure as head coach for the Texans.

“I appreciate the players and coaches for continuing the path with me through the ups and downs of our season,” he said.

“I’m disappointed that we haven’t won more matches and won’t have the opportunity to improve on the lessons I’ve learned, but I totally understand that this is essential work and I haven’t done enough. I want to thank the McNair family and Nick Caserio for giving me this opportunity, and I am forever grateful for this experience.

“I wish the best for this team and the organization, they are building a special program and I really believe the future is bright for the Texans fans.”

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He left Steelers coach Tomlin as the only coach for the Black NFL, after Cooley was relieved of his duties and fired from Miami Dolphins’ Brian Flores.

Cooley is the sixth coach to be fired after the 2021 season ends, after Dolphins’ Flores, Minnesota Dolphins’ Mike Zimmer, Denver Broncos’ Vic Fangio, New York Giants’ Joe Judge and Chicago Bears’ Matt Nagy.


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