The Houston Texans are once again in the market for a head coach. On Thursday, the club fired coach David Culley after just one season with the team. The Texans went 4-13 under Culley in 2021 and finished at or very close to the bottom of the league in almost every main statistical category. While Houston has plenty of areas it needs to address on its roster, the organization will now jump into the fray of another coaching search this cycle.
Below, we’ll dive into a handful of candidates who could be of interest to the Texans as they look for a new leader in 2022.
Most recent job: Head coach, Dolphins
It is a bit interesting that the Texans didn’t immediately fire Culley on Monday following the season and waited until Thursday. One theory for why they did ultimately choose to fire him could be thanks to a coach that they liked suddenly becoming available. A candidate who falls under that circumstance would be former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who was surprisingly relieved of his duties earlier this week. Flores is not only arguably the best coach currently available, but he also has a connection with the Texans’ front office. Executive VP of Football Operations Jack Easterby and GM Nick Caserio both worked with Flores during their days with the New England Patriots where Flores rose through the coaching ranks from 2008-2018 and ultimately ascended to the team’s defensive coordinator. It’s possible that relationship could spark interest from Houston’s end in pursuing Flores.
Also, if the team was looking to mend fences with quarterback Deshaun Watson in an attempt to keep him in Houston, the addition of Flores could go a long way. There has been plenty of speculation that Watson wanted to be traded to the Dolphins to play under Flores, so if they were to hire him maybe that changes his desire to play elsewhere. Even if it doesn’t, Flores is a hot candidate that the Texans…