Since being hired, David Culley has not been the most popular head coach signing both amongst the national media and the Houston fanbase at large. Culley, formerly the wide receivers coach of the Baltimore Ravens, is a man lauded around the league for excellent character and leadership skills. However, his older age at 65 creates legitimate concerns of why it took this long for him to receive an offer to lead a football team. Some speculate that nobody else would take the pseudo-dsyfunctional Texans job while others clamor at the fact that Culley has earned the opportunity. Regardless of how the public feels, there is certainly reason for optimism in Houston as Culley assembles his new coaching staff.
Offensively, the headlining name is certainly new quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton. Hamilton, formerly of the Los Angeles Chargers, is credited for playing a huge part in the rapid ascent of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. There may not be anywhere much higher for Texans QB Deshaun Watson to take his game, but having a position coach of Hamilton’s quality is always a net positive. Robert Prince, formerly of the Detroit Lions, has been hired to coach wide receivers. His energy could play a huge part in helping a talented group of wideouts in Houston such as Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks take the next leap towards superstardom. Finally, offensive coordinator Tim Kelly has been retained from 2020 to fill the same position. Kelly orchestrated the offense that helped Watson lead the league in passing and supposedly was requested to be retained the #4 himself. Anything that makes Watson happy is a win.
Defensively, things are a bit murkier. New defensive coordinator Lovie Smith brings a ton of experience as the former head coach of the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and most recently the Illinois Fighting Illini. However, there are major concerns as to how well Houston’s current roster fits into Lovie’s classic Tampa 2 scheme and the way in which his tenure ended in Illinois does not inspire confidence. Lovie has brought his son Miles Smith onto the staff to coach linebackers, Miles is a relatively unproven commodity but one that does not seem to bring a great reputation from his time at Illinois with his father. Lots of questions marks here…. Luckily, the most exciting hire on the defensive end is Dino Vasso from Philadelphia. He’ll be tasked to help elevate the games of talented corners like Lonnie Johnson and Bradley Roby and improve what was certainly one of the worst units in the NFL last season.
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