One of the differences between the Houston Texans offense under Tim Kelly and the new system with offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is how much responsibility falls upon the quarterback.
In Kelly’s system, Davis Mills had to taken in as much information as possible to run the offense. With Hamilton’s run-heavy scheme, the quarterback doesn’t have to devote as much time to figuring out where to go with the football.
“I think as an offense, now we’re running it, they don’t put a ton on the quarterback, so, I don’t need to go out there and confuse myself and try to see too much,” Mills told reporters Sept. 29. “I need to see what I need to see. That’s pretty much it. Pep always says, ‘see a little, see a lot. If you see a lot, you don’t see anything at all.'”
Mills seemed to see a little “less” in the Texans’ 23-20 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 3. Although Mills threw two interceptions, he did have his highest completion percentage of the season at 62.50%.
“Going out there and being efficient with what I need to look at,” Mills said. “Obviously, you can see a lot more when you go back and watch the film after the game, but I think we’re in a good spot right now. We’ve just got to keep progressing the way it is.”
The Texans have the Los Angeles Chargers coming to NRG Stadium for a Week 4 Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. Although the Texans are 0-2-1, the tilt with the Chargers represents a chance for Mills and the offense to keep growing. Week 4 will reveal just how much Mills is seeing when he operates the offense.