Texans flop in Tyrod Taylor’s return, raising questions about futures of David Culley and the QB – The Athletic

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — David Culley hoped Tyrod Taylor’s return would give his struggling Texans “a lift.” Instead it sunk them to a new low.

Thanks largely to Taylor’s three interceptions and ineffectiveness in the red zone, Houston lost 17-9 to the Dolphins and fell to 1-8 while redefining this team’s rock bottom. Impressive for a Texans squad that came into this game having already lost seven straight by an average margin of 19.7 points.

At least the Texans faced some of the NFL’s top teams in many of those prior games. On Sunday, they lost to a Dolphins team that had also dropped seven straight, was desperate enough to consider trading for Deshaun Watson ahead of the deadline and didn’t even have the starting quarterback it’s unsatisfied with, Tua Tagovailoa. Jacoby Brissett started in place of Tagovailoa because of a finger injury, and even though Brissett threw two interceptions himself and averaged just 5.7 yards per attempt, he was the game’s better quarterback.

Under Brissett’s direction, the Dolphins scored touchdowns on both of their red-zone trips. The Texans, meanwhile, settled for field goals on three of their red-zone visits and turned the ball over the other time they made it there.