Dec 18, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) in action during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Davis Mills playing better, but confidence never changed

The Houston Texans quarterback believes he is just taking better advantage of opportunities.

Davis Mills’ play has been visibly better in the two weeks since he has returned to the lineup. His decisions have been faster, his ball placement better, and he appears to be a more confident player. Mills stated that his confidence has never changed.

“My confidence has stayed the same. I’ve always been a confident player. I got more snaps than the previous week, and more snaps means more opportunities to go out there and be successful and move the football. That’s the main focus, just moving down the field and scoring points.”

Houston’s red zone efficiency has also been much better. Mills takes those opportunities seriously.

“I try to pride myself on situational football, third-downs, and red zone. Any opportunity we get in the red zone, we want to finish with a touchdown. As long as I can get the ball out on time and our guys are creating separation, the concepts allow us to score a lot of points. We want to get down there as often as possible and hopefully have multiple opportunities down there.”

In the two weeks since Mills has returned, the team has deployed a two-quarterback system with Mills and Jeff Driskel. The system was more efficient against Dallas two weeks ago than against Kansas City last week, but the team appears committed to sticking with the system. Mills thinks the two-quarterback system has been advantageous for the team.

“Having to defend two quarterbacks that are able to do two different things. We have a ton of variations and different personnel and formations in each of our packages, and it gives defense a lot to defend and a lot to prepare for during the week. If we can continue to mix that up, it kind of simplifies what defenses can do because they have to prepare for so many looks during the week that they can’t add in all the complex blitz looks and disguises for certain coverages. It just kind of simplifies the defense for us, so we can go out there and see it cleaner than usual. Really just go out and react and let our guys win on the edge.”

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