Texans coach Lovi Smith left the door open for a quarterback change after Houston’s Week 11 loss to the Commanders. On Wednesday, he declined to name a starter for the upcoming Week 12 matchup with the Dolphins. But change is really coming according to NFL Mediaand Kyle Allen will replace Davis Mills on Sunday.
“We’re not going to announce who will start in a week,” Smith said. told reporters Wednesday. “We have a starting line-up… When it changes, we will let you know. Of course, we are not going to announce anything like this (in QB). This would give the opponent an advantage. be any announcement.
Allen, however, will have first-team representatives in training ahead of Sunday’s game in Miami. in NFL media. Smith had previously indicated, just after the Texans’ last loss, that Mills could be benched.
“We are unhappy with where we are,” he said. “Do we need to do something differently? Yes, and we’ll do it.”
A third-round pick in the 2021 draft from Stanford, Mills has started 21 games for the Texans since the start of his rookie year. He received immediate praise for his poise among the roster but struggled to make headway in 2022, throwing 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions during Houston’s 1-8-1 start. Mills had arguably his worst game of the season in Week 11 when he completed just 57% of his shots, no touchdowns and two picks, in a loss to the Commanders.
Allen, 26, is in his first year with the team. He spent his first four seasons in the NFL between the Panthers and the Commanders, starting games for both teams. Allen’s most active action came during a 2019 run as an injury replacement for Cam Newton, when he threw 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 13 games. He also started four games for Washington in 2020.