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Texans hire David Culley as head coach; Ravens would receive draft picks under NFL rule

The Houston Texans have hired Ravens assistant coach David Culley as their next head coach, the team announced Friday.

Culley, 65, who joined coach John Harbaugh’s staff in Baltimore as an assistant head coach, passing-game coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2019, reportedly beat out Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the position. Culley’s the first Black coach and second minority coach hired in this coaching cycle.

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Harbaugh had hailed Culley as an “excellent” head coaching candidate ahead of the Ravens’ wild-card-round game against the Tennessee Titans. Culley, who’s never been an offensive coordinator in the NFL, was “excited” about the chance to interview, Harbaugh said.

“It’s obviously a great job,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity there. They’ve got a heck of an organization. I do believe that David Culley would be a tremendous hire for any team, and maybe especially the Texans with [quarterback] Deshaun Watson.”

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In Culley’s first season in Baltimore, quarterback Lamar Jackson led the league in passing touchdowns and was named NFL Most Valuable Player. Even with a young receiving corps, the Ravens finished with the league’s most efficient passing offense, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA. In 2020, the Ravens fell to 17th in passing efficiency and ranked last in passing yards.

Under a new NFL rule that incentivizes the development of minority candidates for head coaching and general manager positions, the Ravens will be awarded a third-round compensatory pick in the 2021 and 2022 NFL drafts. Not including compensatory selections, they currently have five picks in this year’s draft, starting with the No. 27 overall selection.

Culley spent two seasons as the Bills’ quarterbacks coach before becoming the first assistant coach under Harbaugh to serve as a passing-game coordinator. He previously served with Harbaugh for a decade on Andy Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles staff and later under Reid in Kansas City.

Culley has worked as an NFL assistant since 1994, also spending time with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Buffalo. He began his career as a college assistant and spent 1991-93 at Texas A&M.

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The Houston Chronicle first reported Culley’s hiring Tuesday, the fourth departure from Harbaugh’s staff this offseason. The Ravens previously lost defensive line coach Joe Cullen, now the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive coordinator; linebackers coach Mike Macdonald, now Michigan’s defensive coordinator; and defensive backs coach Jesse Minter, Vanderbilt’s new defensive coordinator.

Culley becomes the fourth coach in Texans history, replacing Bill O’Brien, who was fired after the team opened the season 0-4. The Texans also interviewed Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Frazier, former Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady before landing on Culley.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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