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The two used to be teammates in New England where both worked with former Patriots quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, who is now entering his second season as coach of the Texans.
After a 9-7 season which saw four quarterbacks get significant time, finding a permanent solution to the position is a must if the team hopes to improve and make the playoffs in 2015. O’Brien knows what he wants in the director of his offense, but seems to be in no hurry to decide between the two players.
The hope is that whoever emerges can lead this offense for more than just the 2015 season, so taking the time to make the right decision is the smart move by coach Bill.
While the quarterbacks have ties to the same team, they are very different players. Mallett is the prototypical pocket passer with a rocket arm. He stands 6’6″ and weighs nearly 250 pounds. He is not a threat to move around much, but can push the ball downfield in a hurry with his superb arm strength.
Hoyer on the other hand stands 6’2″ and weighs 215 pounds. He still has a solid arm in terms of strength, and is much more mobile than the taller Mallett. Hoyer also has more experience, although his one season as the full-time starter netted sub-par results.
The poor season for Hoyer may not be an accurate indicator of his skill level, as he had a serious lack of talent around him in Cleveland last season.
Even with that in mind, I personally would prefer the team to roll with Mallett and see what he has to offer as a starter. The team however seems like they believe Hoyer has the edge in the early stages of this battle.
What I want to know is what the fans believe is the best option for Houston at this point. Please participate in the poll about who you want to see under center in 2015 and feel free to comment below. We will revisit this same topic as the training camp and preseason progress.
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