David Culley

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David Culley
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Culley with the Houston Texans in 2021
Personal information
Born: (1955-09-17) September 17, 1955 (age 66)
Sparta, Tennessee
Career information
High school:White County
(Sparta, Tennessee)
Career history
As a coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season:4–13 (.235)
Coaching stats at PFR

David Wayne Culley[1] (born September 17, 1955) is an American football coach who most recently served as the head coach of the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL).

Culley has 45 years of coaching experience in both collegiate and professional levels, including 27 years of NFL assistant coaching experience. He previously worked on Andy Reid's staff with the Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he appeared in Super Bowl XXXIX, and Kansas City Chiefs from 1999 to 2016. Culley assumed his first head coaching position with the Houston Texans in 2021; however, he was fired after only one season, finishing with a 4–13 record.

Early years[edit]

Culley was born and raised in Sparta, Tennessee. He attended White County High School, where he played point guard in basketball, pitcher in baseball and quarterback in football. Culley played quarterback at Vanderbilt, where he was the first African-American to play the position in school history.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Culley began his coaching career as a running backs coach at Austin Peay State University in 1978. In 1979, Culley joined Vanderbilt University, his alma mater, as their wide receivers coach. Culley then joined as the quarterbacks and running backs coach at Middle Tennessee State University in 1982. In 1983, Culley was hired by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as their wide receivers coach. Culley then served as the quarterbacks coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1985. In 1989, Culley was hired by the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) as their offensive coordinator, running backs coach and wide receivers coach. In 1991, Culley then served as the wide receivers coach at Texas A&M University.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

In 1994, Culley was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their wide receivers coach under head coach Sam Wyche.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

In 1996, a season after the Steelers lost Super Bowl XXX to the Dallas Cowboys, Culley was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as their wide receivers coach under head coach Bill Cowher.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

In 1999, Culley was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as their wide receivers coach under new head coach Andy Reid. The Eagles made it to one Super Bowl during Culley's tenure; in 2005 and in 5 NFC Championship Games; 4 straight from the 2001 to 2004 seasons and in 2008. In 2011, Culley gained an additional role as a senior offensive assistant. Culley served in the Eagles coaching staff from 1999–2012, also Andy Reid's time as head coach of the team.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

In 2013, Culley was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach, reuniting Culley with new head coach Andy Reid, whom was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles the season prior.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

In 2017, Culley was hired by the Buffalo Bills as their quarterbacks coach under new head coach Sean McDermott.[3] Culley and McDermott both served as assistant coaches for the Philadelphia Eagles under then-head coach Andy Reid from 1999 to 2010. In Culley's first year with Buffalo, he coached quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and rookie Nathan Peterman and the team would make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, which was previously the longest playoff drought in the 4 major North American sports leagues. In his 2nd year, Culley coached rookie and future Pro Bowl quarterback Josh Allen, the 7th pick in the 2018 draft.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

In 2019, Culley was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as their assistant head coach, wide receivers coach and passing coordinator under head coach John Harbaugh.[4] Culley and Harbaugh both served as assistant coaches for the Philadelphia Eagles under then-head coach Andy Reid from 1999 to 2007. He missed the team's week 15 game in 2020 against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to an illness.[5]

Houston Texans[edit]

On January 29, 2021, Culley was hired to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.[6] Culley became the Texans' fourth head coach in franchise history.

On September 12, 2021, Culley made his regular-season head coaching debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars and led the Texans to a 37–21 victory, marking Culley’s first victory as a head coach. The Texans would win three more games during the 2021 season, finishing with a 4–13 record and matching their win total from the previous season. Culley was fired by the Texans on January 13, 2022, with general manager Nick Caserio citing "philosophical differences over the long-term direction and vision for our program moving forward."[7][8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
HOU 2021 4 13 0 .235 3rd in AFC South
Total 4 13 0 .235 0 0 .000


  1. ^ "David Culley coaching stats". ProFootballReference.com.
  2. ^ Josh; Son (February 3, 2021). "Houston Texans: Getting to know new head coach David Culley". Toro Times. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  3. ^ Fairburn, Matthew (January 24, 2017). "Buffalo Bills hire David Culley to coach quarterbacks". newyorkupstate.com. NYUp. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  4. ^ "Ravens hire former Bills QB coach Culley to hone pass attack". Associated Press. January 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Reports: Ravens Activate 3 Wide Receivers Off Reserve/COVID-19 List". CBSLocal.com. December 19, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Public Relations, Houston Texans (January 29, 2021). "Houston Texans Hire David Culley as Head Coach". www.houstontexans.com. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  7. ^ "Statements from the Houston Texans". Houston Texans. January 13, 2022. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Jones, Kaelen (February 2, 2022). "Brian Flores's Lawsuit Has Brought the NFL's Black Coaching Crisis to Its Boiling Point". The Ringer. Retrieved February 4, 2022.

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