After his performance in Miami, Tyrod Taylor took the burden of the loss on his shoulders. In his first game back from injury, he threw an unprecedented three interceptions, his first three of the season in the 17-9 loss to the Dolphins.
"There's no excuse in his game," WR Chris Conley said. "He knows that the team relies on him and that we need him to play at a high level. He was the first person to tell us that, 'Hey, I ask you guys to do your job and execute every day. I didn't do my job today, and that's why we're in this position.'"
On Sunday, Taylor looks to get back on track when the Texans face the Titans following the Week 10 Bye for Houston. The Texans offense hasn't scored a touchdown in 16 quarters on the road since Week 2 at Cleveland. During the Bye Week, players and coaches used the extra time to self-scout and find ways to improve their performance in the second half of the season.
"I think being efficient is something that we've really looked at in self-scout over this week that we've been off," Conley said. "We've looked at our inefficiencies on 'give me' plays. Say a team is playing zone coverage, we have a 'give me' where someone's sitting right in the zone, exactly where they need to be at five or six yards, and it's a 'give me' play where the quarterback can get the ball out of his hands quickly, we get five, seven yards a pop. There's been a lot of inconsistency on those routes run."
Currently, Texans quarterbacks are completing 65.4 percent of passes, but the offense is averaging just 204.3 passing yards and 14.2 points per game. With different quarterbacks and new receivers, timing has been an issue. Whether rookie Davis Mills or the veteran Taylor is under center, Conley says sometimes hesitation from the quarterbacks means that receivers need to step up their game to get on the same page as far as timing and consistency.
"Really, that's on us as receivers, backs, tight ends, to be more consistent," Conley said. "It's not about just running the right route in an option. It's about being at the right spot at the right time."
The Texans travel to Nissan Stadium to play the Titans on Sunday. Kickoff is set for noon CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.
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