HOUSTON – At least he came on in the last 15 minutes. Is that enough for another round as a starting quarterback?
Rookie Davis Mills faced the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter in a 38-22 loss. Then again, Rams coach Sean McVay knocked out the majority of his starters, giving the second-team unit representatives to build for the second half of the season.
Mills watched part of a QB franchise against them. He seemed confident and on the heels, making shots easy and decisions entry-level players make.
Maybe he should just play second team defenses from now on?
Mills threw for 163 of his 305 yards in the fourth quarter. He found the wide receiver Brandin cooks for a 45-yard touchdown. On the next ride, Mills had a rookie-to-rookie connection with tight end Brevin Jordan from 23 meters.
Houston topped it off with a two-point conversion to rewrite the score to 38-0 a few minutes earlier.
âHe did a good job distributing the ball,â Texans coach David Culley said. âOur guys did a good job making the plays, and up front they did a good job protecting.
The verdict still fell on Mills as a long-term starter in Houston. Then again, over the past two weeks the focus has been on the non-playing quarterback instead of the one looking for his first win.
The Deshaun Watson saga continues to unfold as the league is now hours away from the November 2 trade deadline. Watson could still move, but general manager Nick Caserio would likely leave a lot on the table, making a less-than-expected deal for a top-five player at the game’s most important position.
Mills was not to start after the return of Tyrod taylor. Taylor started the first two games before suffering a hamstring injury that sidelined him since mid-September.
Culley has said repeatedly that when he is in good health, Taylor is the starter. At this point, should it be?
The Texans are now 1-7 and heading for the skid of a sour season. Taylor is probably not heading the ship in the right direction, but he can save you against less brilliant teams.
With each victory, it’s a step further from a top-of-the-range selection. Houston needs game-changing players on both sides of the game. Getting out of the top five doesn’t help a franchise rebuild itself.
Mills, however, has improved since becoming the third week starter. He started the game 13 of 16 for 147 yards and threw a horrible pass to wide receiver Danny Amendola in the second quarter who was intercepted. He also has has been sacked five times.
Somehow everything clicked in the last 15 minutes. How the Miami Dolphins 1-7 defense has played this season, is it much better than the Los Angeles second ropes?
Apart from cornerback Xavien Howard, Miami’s defense has been disappointing overall. They currently sit last in total defense (404.4 yards per game) and rank in the bottom five in scoring (29.2 points per game).
Mills said after the game that the fast-paced offense in the fourth was a change of pace for his success.
âI think it’s a little easier as a quarterback to find a rhythm when you make quick decisions (and) distribute the ball down the field to your various playmakers on the rim,â Mills said. . âI think we do it well as a team because we are well built for things like that.
Mills this season threw for 1,357 yards and scored seven touchdowns against eight interceptions. He has a 67% completion score, an average of 6.5 yards per attempt and a passer rating of 80.2.
He’s not perfect. He’s a beginner. Again, Houston is entering the midseason. The Texans must decide if they believe Mills can be the future of the staff.
Maybe the Texans are at a dead end on what to do. Culley said on Monday that Houston would watch Taylor this week before deciding if they will go ahead with him on the active roster.
Mills’ final quarter against the Rams (albeit against the second strings) deserves another look at the future of the organization. Maybe sitting Taylor down and seeing what the rookie has is in the best interests of all parties until the week off.