The Houston Texans have been going in to the 2015 NFL season with high hopes and optimism.
Well that would have been until star running back Arian Foster suffered a groin injury that saw him need surgery and will put him out until week 8 at minimum.
But at least the Texans and their fans finally know who their starting quarterback, with the big reveal coming out earlier today.
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Hoyer Wins Out
According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Brian Hoyer has won the battle with Ryan Mallett to become the Texans starter under center.
On Sunday, coach Bill O'Brien said he would make a decision about a starter when he was "comfortable." Apparently he'd seen enough of Mallett to move forward with Hoyer under center after Mallett failed to impress against the Denver Broncos.
Poor All Round
Mallett got the start, going 5-of-7 passing for just 23 yards on two drives and didn't look downfield once, despite boasting a strong arm. Hoyer fared a little better going 7-of-11 for 52 yards with two sacks. Neither quarterback led a scoring drive in the first half Saturday.
The starting gig seemed destined to be Hoyer's from the start, with the job really being Hoyer's to lose rather than being an equal playing field. Mallett will still start some games this year, that you can count on.