‘Gentleman. Proper Now ‘: How properly is coach David Culley assembly the wants of the Houston Texans?

HOUSTON – David Culley’s behavior isn’t like yelling at his players when they make a mistake or forcing them to run laps. The Houston Texans first-year head coach prefers to talk about things than scream them out.

But Saturday proved that there is another side of Culley – one tired of making small mistakes that will prevent a team from realizing their potential. An example: During the evening training camp, wide receiver Chris Conley was marked for a false start.

This time, Culley left it to the veteran. He pulled him from the field and had an ear full.

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“What you know about Coach Culley is that he’s not shy about telling you how he’s feeling,” Conley said after chewing. “I had a pre-snap penalty on scrimmage and he gave it to me. This is no different from the coach Culley I had as a rookie.”

During her time in Kansas City, Culley pulled Conley one game out of rotation after one too many passes dropped. The former third-round pick can remember it was a low point, but also a learning one.

“He’ll ask for what he needs,” said Conley. “Ultimately, he’ll give you the tools you need to make the team a success.”

As the NFL regular season approaches, most fans of the sport expect a sad year on NRG Drive. With Deshaun Watson still holding out and some confusing moves from the front office, Houston is expected to pick the top three starting in the 2022 NFL draft.

And of all the coaches hired this off-season, Culley was the one panned by critics across the board. The 27-year-old veteran coach, endorsed by names like Andy Reid and John Harbaugh, just wasn’t attractive enough to many.

Sometimes, however, it is the unknown names that end up being the successful surprise. A surprise was that this new side of Culley was just a little “lost”.

It was a shock – for his players, for the media and fans, and certainly for his critics.

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“This is bad football,” said Culley of the mistakes, “and we’re not going to play bad football.”

Of course, this is what most forecasters see for Culley and the Texans in 2021 – “bad football”.

They won’t if Houston’s new manager has something to say about it.

Culley will rely on QB Tyrod Taylor to lead the offensive and fix the mistakes.

“It’s his job to overcome this,” said Culley. “When bad things happen, we have to adapt to the next-play mentality. These are drive killers. “

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Defensively the same. Any offside call can result in a free game. On Saturday, wide receiver Brandin Cooks freed himself for a 65-yard touchdown, which was called back due to a false start.

Imagine Culley’s reaction if it was a Sunday mistake?

“We can’t have that,” said Culley. “It’s just focus and concentration. Usually it happens when you get tired and don’t focus on what you need to focus on. We have to correct that and we will correct it.”

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Hell, it would be great if it could be fixed before the Saturday road trip to Green Bay. But it might take 17 games for Culley’s teachings to kick in. But Culley left the field on Saturday night with the added respect of his players – and maybe even doubters.

The Texans are stepping on water for the time being. But so far, Culley has shown that he is not overwhelmed.

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