Texans Special Teams Coordinator Brad Seely Retires After 31 NFL Seasons

Seely had held the position with the Texans since 2018

Brandon Scott
June 05, 2020 - 4:56 pm

(SportsRadio 610) -- Texans special teams coordinator Brad Seely is retiring after 31 NFL seasons, the team announced Friday. 

Seely had held the position with the Texans since 2018. 

Under Seely, the Texans' special teams unit jumped from ranking 29th in DVOA, which measures efficiency, to seventh and fourth in 2018 and 2019, respectively

"I’ve been incredibly fortunate to spend over 30 years in the NFL coaching the game I love,” said Seely in a statement. “I want to thank each and every coach, player and staff member I worked with from when I entered the league in 1989 until now. I’ve been blessed to be a part of some of the best organizations in professional sports and I will forever cherish the friendships and memories I’ve made around the league.”

Seely served as a team’s special teams coordinator in every season from 1989 to 2019 and owns 41 years of overall coaching experience. He appeared in nine conference championship games, won three Super Bowls and coached 10 different players to 17 special teams Pro Bowl selections.

SportsRadio 610 insider John McClain called Seely one of the best special teams coaches of all time. 

Texans head coach and general manager echoed McClain, calling Seely's contributions to the game "unparalleled."

“I first met Brad when we were both assistant coaches in New England and immediately recognized his ability to connect with his players and teach them about the game in his own unique way," O'Brien said. "Brad has won at every stop in his 30-year career and his résumé of three Super Bowl victories and five conference championship appearances speaks for itself. It was an honor and privilege to coach alongside Brad and I will always consider him a friend. On behalf of the entire Texans organization, we wish him and his family the best in his retirement.”

Seely began his NFL career as the special teams/tight ends coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 1989 through the 1993 season.

He went on to coach the New York Jets special teams in 1994 before spending 1995-98 with the Carolina Panthers, where he helped coach an expansion team to an NFC Championship Game appearance in just its second season.

Seely then spent 10 seasons as the New England Patriots special teams coach (1999-08), where he was a part of three Super Bowl championships and the NFL’s only 16-0 regular season in 2007. That's where he met O'Brien.

From 2009-10, Seely led the Cleveland Browns special teams unit before a four-season stint with the San Francisco 49ers (2011-14), which included two NFC West division championships, three trips to the NFC Championship Game and one Super Bowl appearance. Seely then coached with the Oakland Raiders for three seasons (2015-17) before his final stop with the Texans from 2018-19.

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