Dec 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans head coach David Culley walks off the field after the game against the Seattle Seahawks at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Black Monday came and went and while many NFL head coaches lost their jobs, it appeared that Houston Texans head coach David Culley was safe and would have the chance to start building on his first season.

That appearance was short-lived, however, as Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo are reporting that Culley has been fired, making him just the 17th “one and done” head coach in NFL history.

Culley’s head coaching opportunity was the culmination of over 40 years of coaching, including 27 years as an NFL assistant. He took over a franchise in disarray, dealing with the fallout of the Bill O’Brien era and, soon after, the sexual assault allegations against star quarterback Deshaun Watson. Couple that with a pretty bare-bones roster and it’s not as though anyone was expecting too much from the Texans this season.

The Texans went 4-13 on the season but many people assumed it would be a tough year for the franchise as they begin to rebuild. However, it appears that Culley’s position was always tricky and he was effectively coaching for his job as soon as he got it.

Culley joins Urban Meyer as the two coaches to lose their jobs after one year, though he at least made it further than Meyer did and completed the season.

The reaction to the news from NFL circles on social media was shock and confusion, as many wondered what, exactly, Culley was realistically supposed to have done to ensure his job? Others also pointed out that it’s another instance of a black coach getting an extremely short window in which to prove himself, as was the case with Brian Flores in Miami as well.

The NFL’s reputation for not making space for black head coaches is well-earned at this point. But even putting that aside, the way Culley was treated by the Texans ownership and executives, who already had a reputation for being pretty terrible, is as crass as it was predictable.

[Ian Rapoport/Mike Garafolo]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to