ATLANTA (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans may have their quarterback controversy since the start of training camp after Brian Hoyer came off the bench to relieve a struggling Ryan Mallett in the Texans 48-21 to the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
Mallett was just 12-for-27 for 150 yards with an interception playing through most of the first three quarters. Bill O’Brien elected to replace Mallett with Brian Hoyer with 2:56 remaining in the third quarter with the Texans trailing 42-0.
Hoyer, despite playing against the Falcons reserves, faired much better in the Texans offense on Sunday. Hoyer faired a bit better going 17-for-32 with 232 yards and two touchdown passes and a third to DeAndre Hopkins that was nullified because he was out of bounds prior to the catch.
O’Brien was not forthcoming when asked on why he decided to sub in Hoyer.
“It was 42 to nothing,” Bill O’Brien said. “We made a lot of substitutions.”
This marks the second time this season that O’Brien has made an in-game quarterback switch. In the season opener versus Kansas City, O’Brien made the switch from Hoyer to Mallett who was then the back-up. In week two, O’Brien named Mallett the starter. Mallett is now 2-4 in six career NFL starts.
Mallett, was not pleased with his performance or the outcome of the game as a whole.
We got to execute better, Mallett said. “We gotta run the ball, throw the ball, catch the ball, block tackle; every phase of the game we’ve got to be better.”
The duo of Mallett and Hoyer competed throughout training camp and the preseason for the starting job before Hoyer was named the starter before the third preseason game. Mallett reassumed the starting job he held for two games in 2014 when Hoyer struggled in the first half against the Chiefs.
Hoyer was asked if he thinks he should be the starting quarterback for Thursday’s game versus the division rival Colts.
“That’s coach’s job to make that decision,” Hoyer said. “Just like he did last time, we’ll be ready to go either way.”
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