Nov 16, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) talks with Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) after the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Texans at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Texans beat the Browns 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Just last week Bill O’Brien stated that his starting quarterback will be announced in the near future. It is currently up for grabs at which quarterback he will chose because he has talked up both quarterbacks so far. Last years quarterback decision lasted deep into the preseason but apparently that is not the direction the team wants to head in.
Announcing the starter early allows for the first team offense to build chemistry, allows for the stater to get more reps, and for the quarterback to mentally settle into the mindset needed. On the other hand, some believe that the competition will keep both players motivated but I believe most pro athletes are already motivated with or without a competition. Of course there are outliers to my argument but in order to make it to the NFL as a quarterback, one must grind through high school, college, the draft, and mini camps just to be given a chance to compete for a job.
Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett have different strengths and weaknesses but both have an eerily similar NFL background. This quick slideshow will show Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett’s journey to the NFL and which quarterback should win the starting job from an numerical perspective.