Texans second-year quarterback Davis Mills has not been good this season. There is no way around it.
Mills leads the NFL with 11 interceptions, including two in last Sunday's loss to the Washington Commanders. One of those was a pick-six on Houston's second offensive play of the game.
He leads the NFL in poor throws, according to Pro Football Reference's advanced stats for QB accuracy. Only the New York Jets' Zach Wilson has a higher percentage of poor throws per pass attempt, excluding spikes and throwaways, per Pro Football Reference.
It's bad enough with Mills at this point to question whether he should still be the Texans' starting quarterback at all.
They are 1-8-1, on track for the No. 1 overall pick in next year's draft. From that perspective, maybe there's no harm in playing him if it helps get the top pick.
Texans head coach Lovie Smith had been non-committal on making a change at the position when he spoke with reporters earlier in the week.
General manager Nick Caserio also did not tip his hand when speaking with Payne and Pendergast on Wednesday morning, but acknowledged the Texans' starting QB has not been good enough.
"He's done some things that have been decent and other things, quite frankly he hasn't done as well," Caserio said. "The most important quality that a quarterback has to take of or do is take care of the football. And admittedly, self-admittedly or just overall, that hasn't necessarily been the case. And anytime that you put your team in the position early on in the game, when you give the defense a chance to score, it just puts the whole team behind the eight ball here a little bit.
"So I think there's been moments. And I think he's probably a microcosm of the team. There's been some good things, overall there hasn't been enough of them collectively. So there's been too much inconsistency, which has kind of led to the result. ... I think Davis has a bright future. He's done some good things at different points. Again, overall, I think he's a microcosm of probably where we are as a team."
Listen to the entire interview here: