The Houston Texans relied on a rookie quarterback for 11 games in the 2021 season.
Davis Mills went 2-9 in those starts with a 2-3 record in his final five starts of the season, which was after the Texans decided to bench Tyrod Taylor and go back to their third-round pick.
Stanford coach David Shaw kept an eye on his former signal caller as he made his foray into the NFL, and had favorable remarks Thursday night at the Paul “Bear” Bryant awards in Houston.
“Davis, I have a checklist that I have for every position, and it’s not that simple, no, but everything on the list Davis checks,” said Shaw. “Size, athleticism, mobility, accuracy, but as much as anything, competitiveness and his intelligence. And part of intelligence goes back and forth with experience. So, he learned a lot, took some lumps early in the year, and then the last month of the season, he’s one of the better quarterbacks in the league. The accuracy, the plays he made down the field, the comfort that you saw, the calm that he had. And I’m excited for the Houston Texans moving forward.
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According to Shaw, what the Texans must do in the 2022 offseason is find a way to assemble a better roster.
“You put some more pieces around him and you add something to the defense, which already has some talent,” Shaw said. “You add something to the offense that has a little bit of talent. Now, you have a chance to have some really good building blocks.”
Before the Texans can assemble such talent, they must first decide on who their next coach will be. Houston fired coach David Culley on Thursday, triggering a search for the Texans’ fifth full-time coach in franchise history and the second of Nick Caserio’s tenure as general manager.