Respected Houston Chronicle writer Jerome Solomon said, “For the situation they’re in, the Texans probably couldn’t have hired a better coach than David Culley.”
We appreciate the enthusiastic approach to Culley, which has certainly emerged from the enthusiastic approach the new boss took to his first job as head coach at the age of 65. Culley said, “I couldn’t be in a better place to get through successfully.” My first time when where I am here. ”
Of course, that claim that Houston is “the best place” is as silly optimistic as the claim that Culley is “the best coach”.
The Texans have been through a 4-12 season, draining the talent, trying to force their best player to be one of their players in the first place, and lacking top picks in the upcoming April NFL draft.
This is definitely not “the best place”.
And Culley, who acted like a person with so much sincere positivity in his big Zoom media meeting on Thursday that even curious sports journalists might be interested in him, was interviewed by just one team, has never been a serious candidate and comes with testimonials more of hope than proof.
This is definitely not “the best coach”.
But if an upbeat approach gets a soccer team anywhere, then Culley’s Houston Texans are on the right track. He raved about GM Nick Caserio, raved about Jack Easterby, a non-soccer football manager, and raved about how it will work with “He’s Our” QB Deshaun Watson.
However, “optimistic” is not a synonym for “honest”.
“I don’t know he doesn’t want to be a Houston Texan, but what I hear from the outside,” said Culley, who for all we know was informed directly by Watson that he wants an escape from an organization he lied to feel him.
“My enthusiasm? It just went through the roof, ”said Culley. “And it gets higher every day when I’m happy about this soccer team and our direction.”
Houston can go north in the long run. (And no, we don’t make a “Patriots South” joke on North.) Culley can be right about every thing he raved about Thursday – from new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith to new offensive assistant Pep Hamilton David Johnson, the hold back all of Culley here as rated somewhere high on the “fantastic” scale.
One mean old media cynic just had to ask, Coach, do you feel that the Watson conflict enabled you to be successful?
“Without a doubt,” said Culley excitedly. “100 percent in a situation to be successful.”
David Culley’s attitude is a “best” thing and something to admire. Time will tell if his soccer team ever is.