Lovie Smith: I just don’t think it’s time to change quarterbacks

Houston Texans v New York Giants
Getty Images

The Texans fell to 1-7-1 with Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Giants and the prospect of changing quarterbacks came up during head coach Lovie Smith’s postgame press conference.

Davis Mills struggled in the first half and went into halftime 6-of-13 for 35 yards while the Texans posted just 86 yards as a team. Mills would play better in the second half and finished the day 22-of-37 for 319 yards, a touchdown, and an interception, but, as their record makes clear, the Houston offense has not put up enough points this year.

Smith was asked if he would consider a change at quarterback in an attempt to spark better production.

“Just don’t think it’s time, as simple as that,” Smith said. “Quarterback position is a little bit different. We rotate pretty much at most positions, we play more than one guy. Quarterback position is a little bit different. We can’t turn the ball over. Acknowledging what we did today is not good enough and anytime we’re turning the ball over especially in the red zone it’s not good enough. But that’s where we are right now.”

Kyle Allen is Mills’ backup and Jeff Driskel is on the practice squad, so the other options aren’t terribly appealing ones for Smith to consider. With two first round picks and an inside track to the first overall selection, that seems likely to change come the offseason.

24 responses to “Lovie Smith: I just don’t think it’s time to change quarterbacks

  1. Lovie Smith is a great guy but he shouldn’t be an NFL head coach. He’s hesitant to make changes. He has too much personal loyalty to his players to park them and insert a different player. Kyle Allen has shown flashes of real good play in the past. What’s to lose ? The first draft pick ?

  2. Mills has struggled but the team is wanting to draft high again anyway.
    He is not a long-term answer but better weapons would help.

  3. If you are going to change quarterbacks maybe it would good to have a 5 year veteran on the roster?

  4. Going into the season with those QBs in your QB room is tantamount to football malpractice. If you don’t clean house in the front office, it won’t matter how many number ones you have in this next draft..

  5. Tony Awesome says:
    November 14, 2022 at 11:56 am
    Lovie Smith is a great guy but he shouldn’t be an NFL head coach. He’s hesitant to make changes. He has too much personal loyalty to his players to park them and insert a different player. Kyle Allen has shown flashes of real good play in the past. What’s to lose ? The first draft pick ?
    As for Davis Mills, given the coaching I don’t think this season is indicative of how he can play.
    —————————————————————————-
    I agree.
    I was very surprised and disappointed when I heard that Caserio signed Lovie Smith to coach…,(“if you don’t learn from History…)”.
    Unless GM was pressured to do so by the “Preacher” or ownership at the time?
    Likely LS is a nice man but, in my opinion, he’s a horrible choice for HC.

  6. That wasn’t a QB that wiffed a tackle near the end of the game, keeping the Giants’ drive alive.

  7. Texans knew exactly what they were doing when they put that QB room together. They’re getting exactly what they were hoping for.

  8. How many times does Lovie Smith need to fail before someone says “maybe we shouldn’t hire this guy as our head coach”?

  9. Lovie Smith hasn’t grown since he was the Bears coach. He refused to move on from Rex Grossman when it was obvious he wasn’t a quality NFL staring quarterback.

  10. Nobody’s winning with that roster. Mahomes wouldn’t fare a whole lot better than Mills… perhaps some, but not much.

  11. Quarterback switch to whom? There is no one formidable or serviceable on their QB rooster. The Texans would probably see more of an improvement in play with Lovie under center.

  12. Prior to coaching the Texans, Lovie had a 89-87 NFL record, 3-3 in the playoffs, and a trip to the Superbowl. Yeah, such a “horrible” coach.

  13. “Rex is our quarterback.” Lovie is loyal… loyal beyond reason… and it cost him a ring.
    ————-
    You beat me to it. Yes, it cost him a ring. Though, I would almost assume Lovie had little choice in the matter. I believe this was Angelo’s call.

  14. Part of this season was to determine if Davis Mills can be the ‘quarterback of the future’ every lousy team is looking for.

    There’s no point in benching him for a QB that everyone already knows isn’t the long-term answer.

  15. Going to take time and a couple good drafts. Lovie has the team playing hard. If Mills could play the first half like he does the second would help but I’m not optimistic.

  16. As a Bears fan, Lovie always says that. I don’t think it has anything to do with the QB. That’s just what he says.

  17. This is year #2 of the tank job… 2023 is when the Texans finally put the O’Brien/Easterby/Watson freakshow in the rear view mirror. You can in no way blame the 2022 debacle on Lovie Smith.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.