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Sport Texans HC David Culley had one of the most 'cowardly' punts in years

09:20  24 september  2021
09:20  24 september  2021 Source:   yardbarker.com

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David Culley did not receive a nice distinction regarding one of his decisions to punt on Thursday night.

a man wearing a hat: David Culley is in his first year as head coach of the Texans. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports David Culley is in his first year as head coach of the Texans.

Culley is in his first season as the head coach of the Houston Texans. His team lost 24-9 at home to the Carolina Panthers.

The game was actually close at halftime at 7-6. The Texans got the ball to start the third quarter and drove into Carolina territory. They ultimately had a 4th-and-4 at the Carolina 39 but decided to punt. They took a delay-of-game penalty first before punting.

The “surrender index,” which tracks and evaluates whether teams should go for it, rated the decision as among the most cowardly punts since 1999.

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That’s not nice.

However, there should be more context to this decision.

The Texans are playing with Davis Mills as their quarterback. He is a rookie and had just thrown five straight incompletions. That probably didn’t inspire much faith in Culley.

On the other hand, you play to win the game, as Herman Edwards says. If you’re trying to win, taking a chance on that 4th-and-4 play was probably the way to go.

The Texans beat the Jags in Week 1. We don’t expect them to win many more games the rest of the season, certainly not with Mills at QB.

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The Texans suffered one of the worst losses in franchise history on Sunday, falling to the Bills 40-0. Houston finished with just 109 yards and six first downs, with quarterback Davis Mills throwing four interceptions. The Bills racked up 450 yards of offense and put in Mitchell Trubisky early in the fourth quarter. After reviewing [more]Houston finished with just 109 yards and six first downs, with quarterback Davis Mills throwing four interceptions. The Bills racked up 450 yards of offense and put in Mitchell Trubisky early in the fourth quarter.

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