This previous NFL season, solely two coaches made greater than $10 million in wage. New England’s Invoice Belicheck, a staple within the northeast for practically a quarter-century, earned $12.5 million. Pete Carroll, who, regardless of a down 12 months, has led the Seahawks to 2 Tremendous Bowls prior to now decade, made $11 million.
Each different NFL coach’s wage was under $10 million. But it is an unsung identify who’s going to stroll away with more cash than anybody else.
The Houston Texans fired head coach David Culley after one season. Culley’s wage for this 12 months was $5 million. Nonetheless, his complete contract is assured. As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero notes, which means Culley will get one other $17 million over the subsequent three years. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly was additionally fired.
The Texans had been among the many worst groups within the NFL, with a 4-13 report. However Culley was put into a tricky scenario. At 65 years previous, he joined the Texans because the oldest first-time head coach and instantly walked right into a firestorm.
Franchise quarterback DeShaun Watson was dealing with sexual assault allegations and was inactive for each sport, regardless of being wholesome. The workforce was additionally with out defensive finish J.J. Watt and huge receiver Will Fuller, who departed after the 2020 season to Arizona and Miami, respectively. Shedding key items like that did not give Culley a lot of an opportunity to enhance on a 4-12 report from the prior 12 months.
Culley launched an announcement about his time in Houston:
“I beloved each minute of being the top coach of the Houston Texans. I respect the gamers and coaches for staying the course with me by the ups and downs of our season. I am dissatisfied we did not win extra video games and I will not have an opportunity to enhance on the teachings I’ve realized, however I totally perceive it is a bottom-line enterprise and I did not do sufficient. I need to thank the McNair Household and Nick Caserio for giving me this chance, I’m without end grateful for the expertise. I want this workforce and group the very best, they’re constructing a particular program and I really imagine the longer term is vibrant for Texans followers.”
In his personal assertion, Texans normal supervisor Nick Caserio addressed the oddity of firing a coach after one season. Nonetheless, he stated there have been “philosophical variations over the long-term course and imaginative and prescient for our program transferring ahead.”
To add additional insult to harm, the Texans despatched two third-round picks to the Baltimore Ravens to rent Culley away from the Ravens employees. Baltimore will use the second of these picks on this 12 months’s draft. Now, on prime of owing $17 million in extra cash, the Texans are and not using a head coach, a draft choose, and have a multitude of a scenario internally.
Alas, this is not the primary time a workforce has paid somebody to go away. Florida State gave Willie Taggart loads of cash to depart, Charlie Weis has earned additional money at a number of stops, and Bobby Bonilla has the sweetest deal in all of sports.