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Ravens assistant coach David Culley set to interview for Texans’ head coaching vacancy

The Houston Texans are expected to interview Ravens assistant head coach David Culley for their head coaching vacancy, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday.

Culley, who joined Harbaugh’s staff in 2019, also serves as the Ravens’ passing-game coordinator and wide receivers coach. Ahead of the team’s wild-card-round matchup against the Tennessee Titans, Harbaugh hailed Culley as an “excellent” head coaching candidate.

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“He is excited about it,” Harbaugh said Monday, adding that Culley is “100%” focused on Saturday’s divisional-round matchup with the Buffalo Bills. “It’s obviously a great job. 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.”

Culley, whose interview was first reported by the NFL Network, is the first Ravens coach linked to an NFL opening in recent weeks. Ravens linebackers coach Mike Macdonald is expected to be named Michigan’s defensive coordinator after the season, according to the NFL Network.

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Culley arrived in Baltimore after two years as the Buffalo Bills’ quarterbacks coach, where in 2018 he worked with then-rookie Josh Allen. From 2013 to 2016, Culley served as the Kansas City Chiefs’ assistant head coach and wide receivers on coach Andy Reid’s staff.

Despite a young receiving corps and an inconsistent offensive line, quarterback Lamar Jackson finished with a 99.3 passer rating this season, 11th highest in the NFL. In 2019, Jackson had an NFL-high 36 passing touchdowns while completing 66.1% of his passes, his highest mark as a pro or college quarterback.

“Coach Culley is a leader, he’s energetic, he’s a high motivator,” Harbaugh said last Monday. “He’s been with winning programs consistently his whole career. There’s a reason for that, and he’d be a great candidate.”

Marvin Lewis, Jim Caldwell and Joe Brady are among the candidates who’ve reportedly interviewed for the Texans’ job.

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