Let’s play a game. Player A or Player B?
Player A: 5/14 for 49 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 2 sacks, longest completion of 14 yards, 2 rushes for 11 yards, and quarterback rating of 52.4.
Player B: 5/13 for 45 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception, 2 sacks, longest completion of 15 yards, 3 rushes for 15 yards, and quarterback rating of 16.5.
These are the two options the Houston Texans have at quarterback after getting shut out at home against the Indianapolis Colts last week. The starter, Tyrod Taylor, is Player B, and he hurt his non-throwing wrist last week, which made way for Player A, who was also terrible against the backups, in garbage time.
This week, the Texans are going to go with Davis Mills, Player A, as their starting quarterback against the Seattle Seahawks.
Houston is going with the guy who is 23 years old instead of the better player who is 32 years old. Taylor hasn’t been much better than Mills since returning from injury. The only slightly less dim spot of Taylor’s game has been his legs, as seen when he picked up two rushing touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans. Taylor has been atrocious in every game since his return from a hamstring injury. Mills has been awful too, aside from the time against the New England Patriots; even then, his wings eventually melted.
It’s bad. It’s all bad. It’s like choosing between getting devoured by sharks or by being burned alive. This week, the sharks are younger than the arsonist and offer some allure of escape. There’s a life boat 500 meters away. Time to swim for it.
Davis Mills will start against the Seattle Seahawks at NRG Stadium on Sunday afternoon.