Texans coach David Culley says QB Tyrod Taylor must start faster against the Browns

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HOUSTON — During the Texans’ Week 1 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Tyrod Taylor had arguably his best performance in three years. He threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns on 21-for-33 passing while recording a 76.1 quarterback rating. It was the most passing yards Taylor threw for since a loss to the New Orleans Saints in 2018 with the Cleveland Browns.

It was an exceptional debut for Taylor in his first start under center in Houston. But his performance left more to desire from first-year coach David Culley.

“I would like to see him be a little bit more consistent and get off to a little bit of a faster start,” Culley said. “We didn’t get off to the start throwing the football that we need for him to get off to. We have to be right on when we are throwing, especially when we are throwing from the pocket. He’s got to be able to get it out — and get it out on time.”

Taylor understands that he nor the team as a whole played a perfect game against Jacksonville. He failed to connect on his first three pass attempts, and one incompletion nearly ended in an interception for the Jaguars. Becoming a more sound quarterback in the pocket is one of several blemishes the Texans must clean up ahead of their Week 2 match against the Browns.

“I thought a couple of times that Tyrod came out of the pocket when he didn’t really need to come out of the pocket, Culley said. “It looked like he had pressure when he didn’t really have pressure. He should have just stepped up in the pocket and made a couple of throws where he came out and end up getting some positive yardage for that.”

Culley’s yearning to see a more precise performance in the pocket from Taylor is a primary essential the Texans must clean in hopes of pulling off an upset at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Against the Browns, the Texans will have to go up against a defensive line that features Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett, both players who Taylor described as a “dynamic duo” in Cleveland.