The Houston Texans being at the bottom of a list is familiar territory for anyone who has followed the team in 2022. Just ask the weekly power rankings.
According to Jordan Dajani from CBS Sports, the Texans are still a last place team when it comes to coaching vacancies. Out of the five available jobs, the Texans were ranked last, and it largely had to do with the firing of Lovie Smith the night the Texans beat the Indianapolis Colts 32-31 in Week 18.
In my head coaching interview with the Texans, I’d ask general manager Nick Caserio if he would fire me after one season if I didn’t secure the No. 1 overall pick or make the playoffs. Then, I’d look at owner Cal McNair and ask if I’d be fired once Caserio is removed, or if I should just revisit with him next year when he has his new general manager in place.
You could easily make the argument that Houston looks appealing with its top pick and cap space, but the decision-makers need to figure out what they want. The Texans haven’t shown any patience for the rebuild they need. Maybe that changes this time around.
It can be argued that part of Houston’s problem in the beginning of their rebuild was not getting the coach right from the start. Instead Houston decided to weather their year of potentially trading away a franchise quarterback by hiring David Culley, who didn’t even have coordinator experience in his 27 seasons in the NFL. The Texans also had a five-man draft class, the result of not having an initial pick until Round 3 thanks to the previous regime’s trade for left tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Even the circumstances leading to this point may have been unfortunate for the organization, the growing reputation is Houston is a short stay for coaches.