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Texans GM says discovering proper head coach is ‘not about race’ after firing second Black coach in as many seasons

The Houston Texans could have their third head coach in as many seasons in 2023.

General supervisor Nick Caserio employed David Culley, who was fired after a 4-13 season in his first head teaching gig. 

Lovie Smith changed Culley, and Houston went 3-13-1. The Texans fired Smith simply hours after their win Sunday that value them the No. 1 total choose.

Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio at NRG Stadium Nov. 3, 2022, in Houston. 

Houston Texans common supervisor Nick Caserio at NRG Stadium Nov. 3, 2022, in Houston. 
(Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Both firings have drawn some flak since Culley and Smith are Black. Some critics recommend the Texans employed and fired each coaches simply to stick to the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL groups to interview at the least two exterior minority candidates for open head teaching positions and one for a coordinator job or a senior stage place in a entrance workplace.

A reporter requested the Texans GM why any black candidate he interviews ought to really feel the complete assist of the entrance workplace after firing two Black coaches in back-to-back years. But Caserio stated race shouldn’t be an element.

“I feel every particular person goes to need to make that alternative. In the top, it’s not about race, it’s about discovering high quality coaches,” Caserio told reporters Monday. “There’s a variety of high quality coaches. David is a high quality coach. Lovie is a high quality coach. In the top, every coach has their very own beliefs, every coach has their very own philosophy, every coach has a consolation stage about what we’re doing. 

“That’s all I can do, is simply be sincere and forthright, which I’ve finished from the day that I took this job. And I’m going to proceed to do this and attempt to discover the coach that makes probably the most sense for this group.”

Head coach Lovie Smith of the Houston Texans prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium Nov. 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Head coach Lovie Smith of the Houston Texans previous to a sport towards the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium Nov. 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
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TEXANS DRAW CRITICISM OVER LOVIE SMITH DEPARTURE

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith known as it an “embarrassment” that the Texans fired Smith, including African Americans should not even put their identify within the pool of potential candidates. Former NFL quarterback turned ESPN analyst Robert Griffin III stated, “Using 2 Black Head Coaches to tank after which firing them after 1 12 months shouldn’t sit proper with anybody.”

“The Houston Texans group, I’m going to say one thing loud and clear over the nationwide airwaves, and I don’t give a rattling what anyone thinks,” Stephen A. stated on “First Take” Monday. “African Americans needn’t apply. This shouldn’t be a company that has been honest to African Americans.

“As far as I’m involved, when you’re an African American, and also you aspire to be a head coach within the NFL, there are 31 groups it is best to hope for. You ought to hope past God that the Houston Texans by no means name you — not so long as he’s in there. Because it’s a humiliation, and one thing must be stated about it.”

General manager Nick Caserio of the Houston Texans walks across the field before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at NRG Stadium Oct. 2, 2022, in Houston. 

General supervisor Nick Caserio of the Houston Texans walks throughout the sector earlier than a sport towards the Los Angeles Chargers at NRG Stadium Oct. 2, 2022, in Houston. 
(Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Texans are 6-26-1 since Caserio joined the franchise. 



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