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Bill O'Brien still faces his biggest decision of time as Houston Texans head coach

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Entering his second year as head coach of the Houston Texans, Bill O'Brien has perhaps his biggest decision to make.

Who is he going to choose to be the starting quarterback in 2015?

It's still so early in the process that it is really difficult to try to figure out if either Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer is the favorite to win the starting job.

Personally, I think that Hoyer is who I would choose to start the season at quarterback. I just think that it's probably pretty close between him and Mallett, but Hoyer's mobility allows the offensive coordinator to open up the playbook a little bit more.

Unfortunately, I'm not the one making the decisions for the Texans. So, how will coach O'Brien ultimately decide who will be starting gig?

Coach O'Brien has 21 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate level and in the NFL.

O'Brien has experience with both Hoyer and Mallett and should know their strengths and weaknesses pretty well. He might even already know who to start the season at quarterback, but it doesn't hurt to have a little bit of healthy competition and further evaluate the position as a whole.

Evaluating the quarterback position might be just a little bit more difficult to do than any other position in the NFL.

Tough call

Of course, there are tangible qualities that you look for in a quarterback, but there are a lot more intangibles that O'Brien and the rest of the coaching staff is looking for in their quarterback.

After all, O'Brien worked with Tom Brady during his time in New England and I don't think anybody would argue that Brady is the most physically gifted quarterback to play the game.

That's why it's a little difficult to determine exactly what O'Brien is looking for when it comes to choosing a quarterback.

Hoyer and Mallett are different in the way they play the position and it might come down to who is the more consistent player.

Key attributes

Consistency isn't the only thing that O'Brien has said he looks for in a starting quarterback.

"Looking at the size of their hand is big because of their grip on the ball," said O'Brien.

"They have to have bigger hands to be able to spin the ball properly and throw it accurately."

Obviously it takes more than hand size for quarterback to be successful, but it is one of the things that O'Brien has stated he looks for when evaluating his quarterbacks.

Decision to be made

Ultimately it will be interesting to see how the entire quarterback decision shakes out during training camp and fans should be excited that they can get a front row seat by tuning into HBO's TV series Hard Knocks.

At this point in time my favorite to win the job is Hoyer because I think he checks off most of the boxes that O'Brien is looking for in his quarterback, but again I'm not the one making the decision.

What do you think head coach Bill O'Brien will do at the quarterback position?

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