Houston Texans: Should they bench Davis Mills and Insert Kyle Allen as QB1?
By Skyler Smith
This Houston Texans offense has been very lackluster all season long. It was somewhat expected coming into the season if you look at the personnel that is on the roster, but it has been significantly worse than even the biggest Texans hater could’ve expected. It seems nothing has gone right this season outside of a Dameon Pierce splash play, which continues to be the lone bright spot for the Houston Texans offense. Davis Mills hasn’t proven that he can be the guy for this Texans offense, honestly he’s done quite the opposite. Is it time to turn to backup QB Kyle Allen for the rest of the season until Houston ultimately drafts a QB #1 overall in April?
Last season, Davis Mills showed flashes that he could *potentially* be the guy at QB for the Houston Texans. He wasn’t asked to do much considering the Texans were dealing with the Deshaun Watson situation and were expected to be bad with a rookie 3 rd round QB at the helm. This year, those flashes haven’t really showed up at all. Instead, it’s been a year filled with inconsistent and flat out bad play. Davis Mills had more expectations on him going into this season, as a 2nd year player should naturally make strides in his game just based on previous experience.
Obviously, his numbers, the whole offenses numbers, and the Texans record will indicate that he hasn’t gotten better at all. In fact, he and the Texans offense have actually been worse.
I’m going to list off some offensive numbers and rankings that describe just how bad the Texans offense has been this season:
• 32nd in total offense
• 31st in total points scored
• 31st in offensive plays ran
• 32nd in total offensive yards gained
• 27th in passing yards
• 29th in rushing yards
• 30th in rushing touchdowns
• 31st in offensive touchdowns scored
• 29th in red zone opportunities
• 30th in red zone touchdowns
• 29th in red zone touchdown percentage
• 30th in first downs picked up
• 30th in third down conversion percentage
• 31st in interceptions thrown
• 26th in total turnovers
That was a lot of numbers, so I apologize for that. But it needed to be stated just how bad this Texans offense has been. (Stats via Lineups.com) Something major has to change, and if there are no changes on the coaching staff, then the next best option is to bench your Quarterback.
Yes I know, Kyle Allen is not the best option to turn to if you’re considering benching your starting
quarterback; but it could be worse. Kyle Allen has experience as a spot starter In Carolina and
Washington, both under current Commanders Head Coach Ron Rivera. In 2019 when Kyle Allen took over after Cam Newton was injured he threw for 3,322 yards, 17 TDs, 16 INTs and a 62% completion percentage in 13 games. He was also sacked 46 times and won his first 4 starts before finishing the season 1-8 for a total record of 5-8.
Those aren’t great numbers by any means, and honestly they aren’t even good numbers. But Kyle Allen has done it before, and he may give this Houston Texans offense some life after having none for weeks. I mean, they can’t really be any worse can they?