Houston (CBS Houston)- Bill O’Brien declined to name a starting quarterback as the Texans wrapped up OTA’s on Friday. Despite telling NFL.com he could name a starter before training camp, O’Brien indicated the battle between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett remains very close.
“Both guys have shown us they can start,” O’Brien said.
“That guy might be named…it might be next week. It might be after the Redskins three days of practice. It may be after the San Francisco preseason game. I’m not ready yet.” O’Brien said.
The second year head coach has left the door open to name a starter next week, but he made it sound unlikely.
“I don’t see, you know, either guy going out there right now and just totally separating himself from the other guy,” O’Brien said. “Both guys are good players and they are very competitive, but you never know.”
Mallett started two games last year before going down with a pectoral injury, meanwhile Hoyer was in Cleveland where he played in 14 games.
“We look at a lot of different things,” O’Brien said about the decision factors. “We look at how they are in the meetings. How alert they are in the meetings and both of these guys have been really good in our meetings whether it’s a unit meeting a team meaning or a position meeting. We look at how they practice out on the field. What type of decisions (they) make. Are they good decisions? Are they poor decisions relative to what we’ve coached them.”