We can add another name to the list of Texans offensive coordinator candidates. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter), the Texans interviewed Patriots tight ends coach Nick Caley for their offensive coordinator vacancy.
Caley has spent his entire NFL coaching career in New England, working his way up to tight ends coach. The Patriots got plenty of production out of the position during Caley’s first few seasons at the helm thanks to the presence of Rob Gronkowski. Since Gronk left New England, the Patriots haven’t been able to generate even a fraction of those numbers.
Still, Caley became a consistent and respected voice in the Patriots locker room, and following the loss of Josh McDaniels last offseason, Caley was expected to take on a larger role on offense. Ultimately, that responsibility ended up being divided by Matt Patricia, Joe Judge, and Bill Belichick.
Despite recent underwhelming performances from Hunter Henry and (especially) Jonnu Smith, Caley still emerged as a popular name on the coaching circuit. He previously interviewed for the Jets offensive coordinator job, and he was also considered for the Patriots OC job before they added Bill O’Brien.
The Texans agreed to a deal with DeMeco Ryans to become their new head coach, and it didn’t take long for the organization to start looking for replacements for Pep Hamilton, who is presumably out in Houston. 49ers passing game coordinator Bobby Slowik and Bengals wide receivers coach Troy Walters are both candidates for the job, and we’ll presumably hear of more targets in the coming days.