HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told the media not to read much into who started the first preseason game against San Francisco. O’Brien kept the media and Texans fans waiting until a few hours before Saturday’s 7pm kickoff versus the 49ers to announce Brian Hoyer as the team’s starter.
Hoyer played just one drive but found Cecil Shorts on a 58 yard touchdown strike followed by a two-point conversion throw to DeAndre Hopkins to cap off a solid start to his Texans career. Hoyer finished 2-for-4 with 67 yards and the touchdown.
“It was a great route by Cecil,” Hoyer said. “He just came through in a certain zone and I hit him between two guys and the rest was all him, breaking a tackle and taking it to the house. It’s good to go out there and score on your first drive.”
Mallett, despite coming in as the reserve quarterback also played well going 10-of-11 for 90 yards. Third string quarterback Tom Savage also showed a stronger command of the offense going 8-of-14 for 97 yards and a touchdown.
“I thought those guys went out there and operated the offense pretty well,” Bill O’Brien said. “They were consistent. The calls were made properly. We had a few things here and there, but as far as operation of the offense for the first game out, I thought they did a decent job.”
Hoyer was happy that all three quarterbacks played well.
“I think all three of us have had good training camps so that kind of translates over onto the field. There’s been some good and some bad so we are learning from our mistakes and will keep doing the things we do well to improve our play. ”
Hoyer and Ryan Mallett were the co-starters all week on the depth chart with the word “OR” in-between their names when listed with the first string offense. O’Brien has told both quarterbacks that they would get an equal chance to win the starting job and he said after the game that he’s stick to that. With Hoyer getting the nod on Saturday and playing one drive, O’Brien said that he would reverse that for next week’s game against Denver.
“That was the plan coming in. It will be a similar plan next week but reversed and we’ll see,” O’Brien said. “Mallett will start the game against Denver and then we’ll go from there.”
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