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Old 08-24-2015, 10:30 AM   #1
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Hoyer to be named starting quarterback, report says

The Houston Texans have elected to begin the season with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The only thing clear about the reported decision to name Hoyer the starting quarterback to open the season, is that he had the lead for the job all along.

He had the job from the first offseason meeting with head coach Bill O'Brien, under whom he worked in New England.

He had the job from the moment ink hit paper on his 2-year, $10.5 million contract which included a $4.75 million guarantee.

But, ultimately, he had the job when Ryan Mallett couldn't out play him. 

Mallett, who joined the Texans just before the 2014 season, chose to re-sign with the Texans - at far less money than Hoyer - in hopes of winning a quarterback competition with his former Patriot teammate. 

While it does seem obvious that Hoyer was always the preferred choice, the facts are that Mallett simply did not outplay him. 

Mallett did not outplay Hoyer during OTAs. He did not outplay him during mini-camp.

He did not outplay him during their nearly three weeks of training camp practices.

Then he sealed the deal by again not outplaying him again during their brief preseason action against San Francisco and Denver.

However, their preseason numbers and snaps illustrate the even more troubling part of the decision.

Hoyer: 31 snaps, 9-of-15 (60 percent), 119 yards, 7.9 yards/attempt, 107.3 rating.

Mallett: 45 snaps. 15-of-18 (83 percent), 113 yards, 6.3 yards/attempt, 92.8 rating.

No quarterback this preseason with at least 15 attempts, completed a higher percentage of his passes than Mallett. 

Hoyer's 58-yard touchdown toss was the third longest so far this preseason.

Any guesses on who has the longest?

Of course, it is Rams quarterback Case Keenum, who had an 80-yard touchdown pass on Sunday night. 

Keenum was the last of four quarterbacks the Texans used last season. He started the final two games of the season and the team won both games. 

Back to the here and now.

Did Hoyer really outplay Mallett? Hoyer had one touchdown to Mallett's zero. Hoyer's score came in the opening game on a very nice throw over the middle to Cecil Shorts III.

Shorts sped past one defender and stiff-armed another on his way to the end zone. 

It was a 16-yard pass with 42 yards gained after the catch. 

On the very next drive, Mallett, working with the second unit and against the 49ers' second unit, drove the team from the 22-yard line to the 1-yard line.

Mallett took six snaps from the 1-yard line. On all six of them, he handed the ball off.

The Texans were stuffed at the goal line on all six of them.

So those first two drives of the preseason essentially provide all the separation between these two in game action? One led the team to points and one didn't.

Neither one of them put any points on the board in any other drive in the preseason.

Both were less than spectacular in practice. Both had their moments. 

Both know the offense very, very well. Both were inconsistent in their five months here together, albeit without playing a single regular season game as teammates in Houston.

At the end of the day, Mallett had to beat out Hoyer. He didn't do that. 

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