In the Houston Texans’ 23-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, August 15, 2015, all three Texan quarterbacks saw action. As a result of their play, head coach Bill O’Brien’s decision as to who will be his starting quarterback in 2015 still remains a question for himself, his staff, and the fans alike.
Bryan Hoyer was given the start and during his time in the game, he completed two passes on four attempts for 67 yards and one touchdown. His completion percentage was 50% and averaged 16.8 yards per attempt. The 29-year old, former New England Patriot quarterback left the game with a quarterback rating of 135.4. On March 11, 2015, he was signed to a two-year contract with a reported salary of $10.5 million. Hoyer’s best rating in his previous six seasons was 118.8 when his played for the New England Patriots in 2011.
Ryan Mallett, who played the 2014 season for the Texans, completed 10-of 11 passes for 90 yards, averaging 8.2 yards per pass. He also carried the ball once for a three yard gain. He closed out the night with a 100.8 quarterback rating. In 2014, he played in three games and started in two games. He completed 41 passes on 75 attempts for 400 yards for a rating of 67.6. He ended his 2014 season on November 23 in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, where he tore his pectoralis muscle.
Tom Savage also saw action against San Francisco, completing 8-of-14 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown. He also carried the ball four times for seven yards. He finished the game with a 102.4 rating. In 2014, playing for the Texans, he played in two games and completed 10-of-19 passes for 127 yards and one touchdown. He finished the season with a 51.9 rating.
With the starting quarterback job still open for 2015, O’Brien is hard pressed to make a decision at the moment. In the post-game press conference, he stated that Ryan Mallett would start against the Denver Broncos on Saturday, August 22 with Hoyer acting in the backup roll.
O’Brien and the Texans’ staff will have two additional opportunities to evaluate personnel and ultimately make the decision on who will be the starting quarterback on the regular season opener on September 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs. After playing Denver in their second preseason game on August 22, the Texans will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in a 3 p.m. CDT matchup on Sunday, August 30. They will close out their preseason schedule on Thursday, September 3 with a 7 p.m. game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in in Arlington, Texas.