David Culley Expects to Return as Texans HC amid Rumors of Possible Firing

Doric SamJanuary 9, 2022

Houston Texans head coach David Culley before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith

The Houston Texans wrapped up the season with a 28-25 loss to the Tennessee Titans to finish 4-13, but head coach David Culley isn't worried about his job status despite rumors of his possible firing.

Culley told reporters after Sunday's game that he expects to remain the head coach for the 2022 season.

"I haven't had any questions or doubts at all about what's getting ready to happen," Culley said. "I'm looking forward to being the head coach of this football team next year. Haven't thought about it one minute."

When discussing the Texans, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that he "can see them going one-and-done there" with Culley. He added that Houston may have some interest in New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported last week that there were "currently no signs" that the Texans would want to move on from Culley after just one season. Jeff Howe of The Athletic also reported that Culley was expected to return to Houston.

Culley's first year as Texans head coach got off to a rocky start when quarterback Deshaun Watson reportedly requested to be traded in January. Less than two months later, women began filing lawsuits against Watson alleging sexual assault and misconduct. There are 22 active civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints. Watson didn't play in a game this entire season.

Culley didn't point to what happened off-field as the reason for the tough season, instead saying the team left some wins out there. He reiterated that he looks forward to improving for next year.

"I feel like we needed to win some more ballgames," Culley said. "I thought like there were some ballgames that we had that we could have won that we didn't win. Basically, I'm just looking forward to this offseason and moving forward."