Hines Ward Interviews for Texans HC job after David Culley fired | Launderer’s report
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The Houston Texans have interviewed longtime former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward for their head coaching job, the team announced Saturday.
Following his playing career, Ward coached for two years for the New York Jets as an offensive assistant in 2019 and wide receivers coach in 2020. Last season he served as special assistant to the head coach of Florida Atlantic.
Ward, 45, was a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion during his 14-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching 1,000 passes for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns. All three brands are franchise records.
But given his general inexperience in the coaching ranks, his interview came as a surprise:
Lindsay Jones @by lindsayhjones
You said Hines Ward 🧐 https://t.co/384TopQqjh
Matt Miller @nfldraftscout
That really says Hines Ward, doesn’t it? Like, I’m not hallucinating. https://t.co/qHH0F63HwD
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Well… I have to imagine Hines Ward would be the first coach to move from “group-of-five wide receivers coach” to “NFL head coach” if he gets the job in Texas. https://t.co/pgaWif60Iu
The Texans have also interviewed former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Mike Lombardi for their vacant head coaching positions.
Houston made the surprising decision to fire David Culley after just one season. Despite going just 4-13, Culley managed to pick up four wins on a depleted and talent-deficient roster.
That included the absence of star quarterback Deshaun Watson, who demanded an offseason trade and currently faces 22 lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault and misconduct and 10 criminal complaints. The NFL investigation is ongoing.
So rookie Davis Mills, the team’s 2021 third-round pick, emerged as the starter and played surprisingly well, throwing for 2,664 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 13 appearances (11 starts) while completing 66.8% of his passes.
Given his lack of weapons to work with – Rex Burkhead led the team in rushing (427 yards, three TDs), while Brandin Cooks (90 catches for 1,037 yards and six TDs) was the only receiver to pass 500 receiving yards – that was a good start to his NFL career.
But that wasn’t enough to save Culley’s job, and now the Texans are casting a very wide net in their search for a new head coach.