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Battle Red Blog Aug 27, 2015

Report: Here's Why Ryan Mallett Missed Practice Today

Ryan Mallett very publicly lost the competition to be the Texans' starting quarterback on "Hard Knocks" a few days ago. Today he failed to show up for practice, and everyone had a theory why. Now we're hearing why Mallett was AWOL this morning. Is it believable? It's been an eventful last few days at NRG Park. The timeline: Monday: Bill O'Brien chooses Brian Hoyer as the Texans' starting quarterback over Ryan Mallett. Thanks to "Hard Knocks," everyone with an internet connection can watch the Texans' head coach breaking the news to his QBs here for all eternity. Tuesday: Ryan Mallett...
Battle Red Blog Aug 27, 2015

Bill O'Brien Comments On Ryan Mallett Missing Practice: "It Was Personal"

Ryan Mallett missing practice may be just a private matter he needed to attend to today, but could it be something else brewing over on Kirby? Join the conversation on Battle Red Blog. Hopefully Ryan Mallett just needed the day off to attend to some personal matters.  On the other hand, the timing of this looks a bit suspicious, given that Bill O'Brien announced Brian Hoyer as the starting quarterback just a few days ago.  In his press conference on Tuesday, Mallett was visibly upset and stated that he did not agree with the decision. Are things beginning to unravel between Mallett and...
Houston Chronicle Aug 27, 2015

Texans offensive coordinator praises Brian Hoyer

  Offensive coordinator George Godsey spends more time with the Texans quarterbacks than any coach. Godsey spent one season with Brian Hoyer when both were at New England. They were reunited this year. Coach Bill O’Brien anointed Hoyer as the starter over Ryan Mallett, who wasn’t at practice Thursday. “He’s  been first class in how […]
Battle Red Blog Aug 26, 2015

[Video] Watch Bill O'Brien Tell Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett Who The Starting QB Will Be

Bill O'Brien is a damn good people person. Perhaps that skill was never more on display than last night's episode of Hard Knocks, where O'Brien had to tell the quarterbacks who his starter would be. If you do not have access to the glorious HBO programming that is Hard Knocks but still want to see the moment that Bill O’Brien told Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer who would be starting at quarterback, fear not, we’ve got you covered. The Texans put the clip up on their website today for all to see, and it is practically a clinic from O’Brien on how to deliver bad news while simultaneously...
Houston Chronicle Aug 26, 2015

NFL analyst compares Brian Hoyer to Andy Dalton; NFL executive calls him a ‘caretaker’

Brian Hoyer has heard it all before. He’s been an underdog all of his life. Now that he’s been named the Texans’ starting quarterback, that definitely hasn’t changed. While there’s considerable respect for Hoyer around the NFL for his intangibles and fundamental skills, the former undrafted free agent from Michigan State still faces some doubters […]
Battle Red Blog Aug 25, 2015

Ryan Mallett "Disappointed," "Angry" In Losing Texans' QB Competition

The Houston Texans held a press conference this morning, and Ryan Mallett answered questions from the media regarding the news that Brian Hoyer was named as the starting quarterback. See what he had to say, and join the conversation with fellow fans here at Battle Red Blog. Ryan Mallett was the first to the podium this morning for the Texans press conference following practice.  He looked, and sounded, like someone who was betrayed.  His body language, and the tone of his voice, showed a guy who was clearly upset about the decision that was announced by Bill O'Brien yesterday that Brian...
Houston Chronicle Aug 25, 2015

What’s next for Texans backup quarterback Ryan Mallett?

Ryan Mallett officially became the Texans’ backup quarterback Monday when he learned that Brian Hoyer had been chosen over him as the starter. Of course, Mallett could become the most popular non-starter in town should Hoyer falter. As far as how Mallett ranks as a backup option, it’s a pretty strong alternative should anything happen […]
Battle Red Blog Aug 25, 2015

Houston Texans News: August 25, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Houston Texans News Brian Hoyer named Texans' starting quarterback - NFL.comAfter a preseason-long quarterback battle, Brian Hoyer has won the job over Ryan Mallett in Houston. What can we expect from a Hoyer-led Texans offense? Houston Texans picking Brian Hoyer as starting QB was the logical choiceAll signs pointed to Brian Hoyer as the Houston Texans’ quarterback from the moment he signed with the team in March. Brian Hoyer's Steady Hand Supersedes Ryan Mallett's Talent...
Houston Chronicle Aug 24, 2015

Teammates note Brian Hoyer’s leadership qualities as he’s named Texans’ starter

The demeanor of newly-minted Texans starting quarterback Brian Hoyer in the huddle is typically serious. He embraces an all-business approach. One of the unofficial rules of football is the huddle belongs to the quarterback. It’s his time to directly and quickly communicate the next play call between snaps before hurrying back to the line of […]
Houston Chronicle Aug 24, 2015

Texans receivers on Brian Hoyer: ‘He brings leadership to the table’

The 58-yard touchdown pass Brian Hoyer threw to Cecil Shorts III on their first series of the first preseason game got Hoyer off to the right start en route to claiming the Texans’ starting quarterback job. Shorts joked about the pass being “a little high” but, turning serious, said, “As an offense we executed well […]
Houston Chronicle Aug 24, 2015

Texans training camp video: Smith, Wilson on Hoyer as starting QB

The Houston Chronicle’s Brian T. Smith and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans choosing Brian Hoyer as their starting QB.
Houston Chronicle Aug 24, 2015

Texans QB Brian Hoyer says he always operates with starter’s mentality

Brian Hoyer said being named the Texans’ starting quarterback over Ryan Mallett changes nothing for him. “I’ve always prepared like I’m first on the depth chart,” said Hoyer, who was signed as a free agent over the off-season to compete with Mallett. “Obviously, I’m excited. A lot of hard work goes into this. We both […]
Houston Chronicle Aug 24, 2015

Joe Theismann says Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer should be ‘extremely productive’

Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer passed for a career-high 3,326 yards and a dozen touchdowns last season for the Cleveland Browns. Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, who’s now a broadcaster for Washington preseason games, predicted that Hoyer will trump those numbers this season with the Texans after being named their starting quarterback Monday by coach Bill […]
Battle Red Blog Aug 24, 2015

Bill O'Brien Speaks On Hoyer and Mallett: "We're All On A Short Leash"

The Texans finally named a starting quarterback this morning, and not everybody is happy about the results. See how Bill O'Brien addressed the media in the wake of the decision to back Brian Hoyer over Ryan Mallett. Bill O’Brien met with the media today to officially name Brian Hoyer as the starting quarterback for the Texans in 2015. Here is the best of what O’Brien had to say in a lengthy and very honest press conference. On the decision to name Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback: "We have put a lot of thought into this quarterback position, from OTAs to the point right now...
Houston Chronicle Aug 24, 2015

Bill O’Brien on Hoyer: ‘We all need to give Brian a chance’

When Bill O’Brien was an assistant coach at New England, he coached quarterback Brian Hoyer for three years. This year, O’Brien and Hoyer were reunited with the Texans. On Monday, it became official that Hoyer would start for O’Brien for the first time. “We all need to give Brian a chance,” O’Brien said before practice. […]

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