Grading NFL head-coaching hires in 2021: David Culley to Texans, Nick Sirianni to Eagles, Dan Campbell to Lions

Seven NFL teams fired their head coaches in this cycle -- three during the 2020 season and four after the regular season -- and now each have hired their new coaches.

The Jacksonville Jaguars zeroed in on former college coach Urban Meyer, who was announced as the new coach.The New York Jets announced that they had reached an agreement to hire former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. The Atlanta Falcons reached an agreement with former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

The Los Angeles Chargers hired former Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. The Detroit Lions tapped former New Orleans Saints assistant Dan Campbell as their coach. And the sixth hiring was made by the Philadelphia Eagles, who landed former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. The final move was made on Jan. 27 with the Houston Texans bringing in former Baltimore Ravens assistant David Culley.

How did the Texans, Eagles, Lions, Chargers, Falcons, Jaguars and Jets fare with their hires? We asked ESPN national NFL writers Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler to discuss each move and give their grades, starting with the most recent at the top.

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Texans | Eagles | Lions
Chargers | Falcons | Jaguars | Jets

Houston Texans hire David Culley

Background: Assistant head coach, passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach for Baltimore Ravens (2019-2020); quarterbacks coach for Buffalo Bills (2017-18); assistant head coach and wide receivers coach for Kansas City Chiefs (2013-16); wide receivers coach for Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2012)