HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Brian Hoyer knew what he was signing up for. He knows he’ll be going head to head with Ryan Mallett to be the Texans’ starting quarterback in 2015.
“For me, nothing’s ever been handed to me and I’m not asking for it to start now,” Hoyer said. “I dealt with a lot of competition throughout my entire career, so it’s not something that I shy away from. Obviously, I chose to come here knowing that Ryan’s here. (The competition will) make both of us better and we have a good relationship. So it’ll be good for the entire team to see two guys like us go out there and work hard and do whatever we can to help this team win.”
Last season was Hoyer’s first as a starter coming out of the preseason. The Michigan State product beat out Johnny Manziel to be the Browns’ starting quarterback. Over his first five games, Hoyer threw for seven touchdowns to only one interception. However, in a three-game span from Weeks 12-14, Hoyer had no touchdown passes to seven interceptions. That cost him his starting gig in Cleveland. Hoyer finished the year with 12 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions in 14 games, 13 of them starts.
Back in 2011, Hoyer and Mallett were teammates together in New England behind Tom Brady on the depth chart. Now, they’ve ascended to battling to be the number-one man.
“We were competing for the same (backup) job back then too,” Hoyer said. “We’ve always had a good relationship. I think Ryan obviously had a great game when (the Browns) played against (the Texans) last year, so I was really excited for him to get that opportunity because I know how long I had waited for that too. So I’m sure there won’t be any issues. We have a great working relationship and I’m looking forward to competing with him.”
Hoyer had a chance to speak with the man he used to back up, Tom Brady, earlier on Wednesday.
“He’s obviously really excited for me,” Hoyer said. “And he was quick to let me know that we play them here this year.
“Typical Tom, he probably has the schedule memorized,” Hoyer joked. “But he was excited for me. He was such a big mentor and friend throughout my entire career, really, even after I left New England. Yeah, he was definitely excited.”
And Hoyer’s excited to get things going in Houston, where he feels comfortable in the system of Bill O’Brien, a man who used to be his position coach and offensive coordinator for three seasons with the Patriots.
“(I know this offense) pretty well,” Hoyer said. “I know with (QB) Coach (George) Godsey calling the plays, there might be a little bit of changes here or there with some verbiage or maybe some new formations, but I feel like I could go out there, call a play, (and) run the offense today if I had to.”