Those who had a final shred of remaining hope for Nick Caserio, David Culley, and the Tyrod Taylor era would point to Taylor’s first six quarters as a Texan and how much worse the Texans were with Davis Mills out there. Today in Miami, Taylor returned to the field. The Houston Texans weren’t prepared. The Dolphins showed double ‘A’ gap pressure, spot dropping, and blitzes off the edge. Taylor was 23 for 42 for 231 yards and averaged 5.5 yards an attempt. He also had three interceptions and zero touchdowns. Was he rusty? Sure. Was the game plan awful? Hell yes. Was Taylor good? A resounding no. That final shred has been incinerated.
Together, the Dolphins and Texans cooked a giant pot of terrible chili. The two teams combined for nine turnovers and only 26 points. In the first half, the Texans forced three turnovers, had three trips to the red zone, and only scored six points. They managed three more points in the second half.
Jacoby Brissett was able to pull off his first win as a Dolphin with Tu’a Tagovailoa sidelined with a fractured finger. Somehow Brissett was better than Taylor; against an awful Texans defense, he had a quarterback rating of 64.5 to Taylor’s 42.8. Neither team could run the ball. Both teams turned the ball over. The difference was the end of half touchdown the Dolphins had after a horrific Taylor interception (where he was trying to throw the ball away), put them at Houston’s 26 yard line. Mack Hollins beating Terrance Mitchell on a slant route capped it off.
The Texans weren’t prepared to play today. David Culley had another COWARD field goal. The defense couldn’t tackle and was only able to create occasional pressure against an atrocious offensive line that had only one real NFL caliber player on it. This is as bad as it gets. Don’t be surprised if Culley and crew are let go at the end of this season.
We were right. The Texans are terrible. This idea of culture hasn’t been created. Good players create the culture; Danny Amendola and Rex Burkhead don’t. It was an awful offseason. The Texans should have pulled the plug sooner. They didn’t, so this season is one of stagnation. Nothing matters. There isn’t a cornerstone player on this roster. The only thing that matters is what the Texans get for Deshaun Watson after the season.
The Texans are on the bye next week. Thank God. They return on Sunday, November 21st to play the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.