What's Next For The Houston Texans After Firing David Culley?

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Ernesto Cova

It's been a while since we thought of the Houston Texans as a legit force in the NFL, and it seems like they'll be closer to the first pick than to a playoff berth for many, many years to come.

Now, they fired coach David Culley after just one season in charge of the team, even though there was only so much he could do with the roster he had.

Culley left behind a 4-13 record and his departure will raise more questions than answers for this organization.

An Organizational Shake-Up

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There will be no shortage of capable candidates to take the reins in Houston.

Josh McDaniels, Eric Bieniemy, Brian Daboll, Doug Pederson, Jim Caldwell, Byron Leftwich, Todd Bowles, Mike Zimmer, and Brian Flores are just some of the names they could and should consider to try and straighten the ship.

Then again, their woes go way beyond coaching, as this organization has been poorly managed from top to bottom for years now.

That's why they need to hit the drawing board and start back from scratch.

The Post-Deshaun Watson Era Seems Inevitable

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It's time for the Texans to face facts. Deshaun Watson has had it with them and if he hasn't changed his mind since last season, why would he want to come back after another wasted year?

Watson is their lone valuable asset right now, and there will be plenty of teams lining up to acquire his services.

They need to make peace with the fact that he'll never play a single snap for them again and make the most of his trade value while they still can.

Should They Roll With Davis Mills?

With that in mind, the Texans would be wise to give QB Davis Mills another shot.

In a Draft class where all people talked about Trey Lance, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, and Trevor Lawrence; Mills had a low-key pretty decent season given his context and the weapons he had at his disposal.

Through 13 games, the Stanford product threw for 2,664 yards while completing nearly 67% of his passes. He finished the season with 10 touchdowns against 16 interceptions and a QBR of 88.8.

While not elite, he had a better rookie season than some of the top prospects.

Building Through The Draft

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In reality, there's only so much the Texans can do to turn things around quickly. Letting go of Watson will give them the draft assets they need to build a strong foundation and shake things up once and for all.

Most mock drafts have them taking Derek Stingley Jr. out of LSU, the nation's top CB prospect.

Houston's secondary will be even more undermanned next season as they don't have any other cornerback under contract. Then again, that's far from their only need right now.