Texans coach David Culley made one of the strangest coaching decisions in the NFL in Week 2. He declined a defensive penalty that would have kept a Texans drive alive and continued to hit the ball.
To sum up, the Texans had the ball on their own 38-yard line early in the second quarter and faced a third-and-15. Brown’s defensive end Takkarist McKinley jumped offside in the third game, with Taylor joining Brandin Cooks for a 13-yard win.
From there, the Texans had a few decisions. The team could accept the penalty and try to convert a third-and-10, or Culley could reject it and try to convert a fourth-and-2 from Cleveland’s 49-yard line.
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Instead, Houston unexpectedly chose to strike. Culley admitted Monday that his decision to do so was a mistake.
“If I had to do it again, I would have taken the punishment. It was more out of frustration than anything else,” Culley told reporters per se. ProFootballTalk. “I was a little frustrated at the time because I was thinking field position. I did not want to do anything that hurt us. … It was just out of frustration on my part because of the series we had at the time. But if “I had to do it again, I would have taken the penalty and given our offensive a chance to get the first one down, which I should have done.”
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It was definitely a mistake by the first-time coach. Culley largely sacrificed an offensive play for 29 yards of field position as Cameron Johnston’s punt sailed into the final zone for a touchback.
That said, the error did not end up affecting the Texans much. The Browns were unable to score on the ensuing drive when the Texans intercepted Baker Mayfield. Houston scored on the following possession to take a 14-7 lead.
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Still, Culley will not make that mistake again. As such, he will have to clean up his strategy and game plan ahead of a “Thursday Night Football” game against the Panthers, among some other issues Houston faced in Week 2.