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The David Culley Coup

Lombardi's Way The David Culley Coup

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So former Ravens Assistant Head Coach/Pass Coordinator/Wide Receivers (quite a title, eh?) is now the new head coach for the Houston Texans. Many of you are probably wondering how a guy responsible for the Ravens passing game, you know, the one that ranked 32nd in the NFL, would even be considered for the position.

According to most who know Culley, he’s respected, a great communicator and well-liked by players and his colleagues. It is said that he’ll bring a calming influence to an organization in a chaotic state.

A few thoughts on this one…

* Congrats to the 65-year-old Culley who has been in coaching since 1978 when he was the running backs coach at Austin Peay. The Sparta, TN native has never been a head coach at any level and he’s only held the position of offensive coordinator once, back in 1989-90 at Texas El Paso. Culley becomes the third eldest statesman to skipper an NFL sideline, behind Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick who are both 68.

* The Texans are a mess! The cupboard that stores draft capital is pretty barren and their franchise quarterback wants out of Houston as badly as a pent up raging bull wants out of his pen after catching the scent of a herd of cows in heat. The ownership is in full-throttle damage control mode and the long-standing face of the franchise, J.J. Watt, seems like he’s ready for the exit, stage left.

* Of course, the best news for the Ravens and their fans is that the hiring of Culley by the Texans triggers a windfall of draft capital for Eric DeCosta. Back in November, the NFL approved a plan to encourage teams to foster the development of minority coaches by offering compensatory picks if a team were to lose a minority coach hired by another franchise to be their head coach.

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A team that loses a minority assistant coach who becomes a head coach or loses a personnel executive who becomes a general manager will receive third-round compensatory picks in each of the next two drafts.

I doubt that the authors of this plan intended it for a coach that is eligible to draw on his social security, but at the end of the day, the Ravens get back the 3rd-round pick they sacrificed for the relatively disappointing Yannick Ngakoue. And they get another 3rd-round comp in 2022 to boot!

Somewhere in Mobile, Alabama, DeCosta is sporting an indelible ear-to-ear smile.

Photo Courtesy of The Baltimore Ravens

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