Houston Texans OC Tim Kelly has backing from David Culley

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Tim Kelly has taken a lot of heat as the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans this year.

So much, so that calls for firing Tim Kelly began to boil back in the Houston Texans Thursday night football matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

That was the game that Kelly helicoptered around rookie Davis Mills in his first true NFL start, and thus Houston lost the game. But there was a touchdown drive before the half that was sick, though! So that counts for something, right?

That’s not enough to celebrate, as the Houston Texans offense has been one of the worst in the entire league. However, it’s also not anything that David Culley seems to worry about, as Culley believes “100 percent” that Kelly will be back next season.

Of course, we aren’t sure if this list of potential Culley replacements will actually be referenced. But Culley supporting Kelly is nice on paper, but Nick Caserio cannot fall for this.

The Houston Texans should ignore David Culley and fire Tim Kelly.

The Houston Texans currently have the league’s 30th-ranked offense, and at one point, were as bad offensively as the 2000 Cleveland Browns. It’s clear as day that Kelly is just not the offensive coordinator this team needs.

Kelly has made baffling decisions all year long, and Culley’s calm demeanor has kept him from at least publicly calling out his offensive coordinator. It’s early on in Mills’ career, but what effect will this year have on his development? Mills has shown that he can be a threat in the deep passing game, and Kelly doesn’t call enough plays to take advantage of it.

There are plenty of other offensive coordinator candidates or head coaching options that give a brighter offensive outlook than Kelly. Of course, some Houston fans want both of these two gone, but I’d be okay if it were Kelly who got the boot this year. It wouldn’t be the most ideal situation but the one that makes the most sense.

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