Because general manager Nick Caserio has interviewed only two candidates two times, it seems safe to say the Texans are going to choose between Leslie Frazier and David Culley to become their new head coach — a decision that could come before the weekend.
Frazier, Buffalo’s assistant head coach/defensive coordinator who came to Houston for an in-person interview on Tuesday, appears to be the favorite to replace Bill O’Brien as the fourth coach in franchise history, according to people familiar with the process.
Frazier, 61, has 27 years of NFL experience, including a five-year playing career with the Chicago Bears and three seasons as Minnesota’s head coach. He was impressive in his two interviews, according to those close to the situation.
Culley, 65, is Baltimore’s assistant head coach/passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach who interviewed with Caserio and chairman and CEO Cal McNair on Wednesday. After Culley made such a strong impression on them in his Zoom interview, Caserio brought him to Houston, where he’s emerged as a serious candidate, despite never being an offensive coordinator during his 27 years as an NFL assistant coach.
Jim Caldwell, the former head coach at Indianapolis and Detroit, interviewed two times but only once with Caserio, who has been leading the search since he was hired from New England. Caldwell’s first interview was with the search committee.