I texani hanno rispettato la regola di Hines Ward nel loro processo di intervista: dando il benvenuto allo Steeler di lunga data e attuale assistente allenatore alla Florida Atlantic University per sostituire potenzialmente il play-caller estromesso David Culley, who was let go on Thursday. Culley went 4-13 with the Texans.
Ward played for Steel City from 1998-2011 and became a prolific identity for the offense with strong hands, tough running and tenacious blocking ability behind the line. He is a two-time Super Bowl winner (40, 42) and recipient of MVP honors at Super Bowl 40, which featured his 43-yard touchdown catch, tossed by Antwaan Randle El.
Ward caught 12,083 iarde di ricezione e 86 touchdowns during his tenure with the Steelers.
Houston also finished their interviewing session after meeting with Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.
Lombardi served as the New Orleans Saints’ quarterbacks coach from 2016-2020 and joined rookie head coach Brandon Staley’s crew in Los Angeles in 2020.
Sophomore Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert had an outstanding 2021-22 campaign alongside Lombardi: throwing for 5,014 yard, 38 touchdown, 15 interceptions and completing 65.9 percent of his passes.
Houston has now interviewed with Ward, Lombardi and former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.