According to Jason La Canfora, Texans OC Tim Kelly has been impressing ownership with his work calling the offense and is a candidate to remain as a part of the next staff.
Kelly also has the endorsement of QB Deshaun Watson, which carries weight with Texans owner Cal McNair. Watson has been exceptional in 2020 despite Houston’s struggles overall, completing 68.8 percent of his passes and averaging 8.8 yards per attempt while throwing 24 touchdowns to just six interceptions.
La Canfora notes the Texans could strongly suggest or more that Kelly be retained by whomever the new head coach is after the season.
Even if he’s not in Houston, La Canfora says Kelly has drawn enough attention to be in good shape to land a job elsewhere.
Kelly, 34, played college football as a defensive tackle at Eastern Illinois before moving into the coaching ranks. He had a variety of stops before joining Bill O’Brien‘s staff at Penn State as a graduate assistant.
Kelly followed O’Brien to the Texans in 2014 as an offensive QC coach. He’s held a number of roles since then before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2019.
In 2020, the Texans offense ranks No. 17 in yards per game and No. 18 in points per game, along with No. 2 in passing yards per game and No. 32 in rushing yards per game.