David Culley has, in his first few weeks because the Houston Texans’ new coach, come throughout as, in a phrase, “nice.” However in the course of the interview course of – his first for a high job within the 65-year-old’s lengthy profession as an assistant – he requested a forcefully “disagreeable” query.
“The very first thing that went by my thoughts,” Culley mentioned, “was this: I’ve by no means been a coordinator, I’ve by no means had an interview for a job as a head coach at this degree, after which swiftly, ‘Why me?”
“As a result of I didn’t wish to be an interviewee due to the Rooney Rule. I didn’t need an interview to say that I’ve been interviewed for a job. I didn’t want that.”
Culley’s revelation, a part of the Huddle&Stream podcast, regards the 2003 NFL establishment of the Rooney Rule, which requires groups to interview minority candidates for high jobs. Culley frankly expressed to Houston his need to be one thing greater than “a requirement.”
It is a delicate challenge. The well-meaning rule has led to some constructive outcomes … but additionally, as Culley is suggesting, to tokenism.
“This was my first time in 27 years on this league having a possibility to interview for a head teaching job,” he mentioned. “After I talked to Nick (GM Caserio) and the fellows right here, I says, ‘Look, how do you justify hiring me once I go searching all these different candidates which have been coordinators, some have been head coaches earlier than, they’ve been interviewed a number of instances within the league for jobs, generally two or three years and never getting jobs?
“How do you justify that?”
The Texans, after all, have employed Culley, who was most just lately the passing sport coordinator and receivers coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 2019-20. There are different points in play now, together with how he would possibly handle the group’s battle with trade-minded QB Deshaun Watson.
However within the interview? Culley famous particularly that he must beat out the likes of Kansas Metropolis Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, who nonetheless hasn’t gotten his likelihood at a high spot.
The brand new Texans coach mentioned Ravens coach John Harbaugh was “large advocate of David Culley being a attainable head teaching candidate with out having any of the expertise that each one the opposite guys have, then when that occurs … I had no concept that I used to be going to be sitting on this place I’m at the moment.”
And it is fairly attainable he’s right here not simply due to the best way he answered the Texans’ questions … but additionally due to the best way he requested one.