Better do it with a white coach, though — at least as far as Stephen A. Smith is concerned! Granted, the Texans currently occupy the permanent-loser role in the NFL, a black hole of hopelessness where promising careers go to die. While they’ve only recently taken up this role, after franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson forced his way out of town via a trade request and a series of sexual misconduct allegations, the franchise seems to have embraced perennial awfulness with aplomb. Longtime football fans will remember how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals filled this niche in the 1980s and 90s, respectively. However, it’s also worth noting both of those franchises started clawing their way out of the sewer by hiring competent black head coaches — Tony Dungy for the Buccaneers and Marvin Lewis for the Bengals. Yes, this was a period where a black coach was a rare sight on NFL sidelines, but the point remains. And yet, Dungy echoed similar sentiments to Stephen A. Smith after Lovie Smith was shown the door — although he didn’t accuse the franchise of racism. “What are the Texans doing. What kind of operation is this where you don’t have any convictions about supporting the coaches you hire,” he tweeted. “Who is going to want to coach there if you might only get one year to implement your plans. Two years in a row is ridiculous.”
A statement from Chair and CEO Cal McNair: pic.twitter.com/EXfIbUYOBc— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 9, 2023
However, he went on to say his grievance wasn’t about race.
What are the Texans doing. What kind of operation is this where you don’t have any convictions about supporting the coaches you hire. Who is going to want to coach there if you might only get one year to implement your plans. Two years in a row is ridiculous. https://t.co/Lrn6jyVs7P— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 9, 2023
Yes, but comparing Noll, Walsh and Landry — all Hall of Fame coaches, for the unfamiliar, with nine Super Bowl wins between them — with the three fired Texans coaches is problematic. All three of those men had at least some degree of success as coordinators and assistant coaches before they took over their franchises. More importantly, they also didn’t have a history of failure — and there wasn’t the specter of potential affirmative action hiring hanging over them. Both Crennel and Smith had previously been head coaches; in six full seasons, Crennel had just one winning record, and Smith’s failures have been documented previously. Both already had well-established records of failure. As for Culley, he had the opposite problem: He didn’t have enough experience to turn around a struggling franchise. So, who coaches the Texans next? Well, according to Fox News, at least several candidates are ignoring Stephen A. Smith’s advice. “The Texans have already begun their head coaching search, reportedly requesting interviews with Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans,” the outlet reported. “Ryans and Evero are both black coaches, and the former was a Texans legend during his playing days as a linebacker. Ryans spent six seasons in Houston, reaching two Pro Bowls and being named the 2006 Defensive Rookie of the Year.” Perhaps most importantly, none of these men have a history of falling on their respective faces. With the exception of the Broncos, all of the coordinators mentioned coach for teams that have performed spectacularly in 2022. Ryans, in particular, is a hometown favorite and has crafted a dominant defense in San Francisco. In other words, he’d be a hit among Texans fans who have suffered through the three-year trifecta of Crennel, Culley and Smith. Let’s hope he doesn’t listen to Stephen A.’s race-baiting. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
It’s not about race. It’s about planning and support vs dysfunction. Chuck Noll was 1-13 his first year. Bill Walsh was 2-14 his first year. Tom Landry was 0-11-1. I started 1-8 in Tampa. Good organizations don’t change course every year. https://t.co/HC2SGJAJYv— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 9, 2023