Minicamps are now completed for most of the NFL—you know, those teams who didn’t accomplish their mission and actually went through minicamp. With that comes the typical beat report nuggets. Player X is in great shape. Player Y has a newfound attitude. Player Z has recovered from a mysterious injury no one knew about.
Our resident Texans detective, Rivers McCown, had been gathering intel and found the following quote from Marlon Humphrey discussing the Ravens’ wide receiver group.
Full quote via Ravens transcripts: pic.twitter.com/7MjL6jhE0J— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) June 24, 2021
In case you forgot, David Culley was the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator for the Ravens last year. Under his watch, Baltimore’s receivers faltered again, leaning pretty much entirely on Mark Andrews. Their passing game was still stagnant—mainly from Lamar Jackson’s inability or refusal to throw down the sideline. That being said, Humphrey is stating specifically drills, energy, and an attitude change is due to new coaching.
I love David Culley with all my heart. He’s a sun in the sky. He’s an infinite source of positivity and beauty. That being said, his actual coaching record is pretty bleak. He coached a Kansas City Chiefs group whose wide receivers struggled. He was the quarterbacks coach in Buffalo for Josh Allen’s putrid rookie year, which also featured Nathan Peterman. He was the Ravens’ wide receivers coach for a team that had problems developing their passing game and wide receivers.
If Culley is here for Houston’s rebuild, it’s to keep the mood high during the next few down years. Hopefully the coaches in place can develop players under his watch, because his direct track record is unsettling.