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Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett? Bill O’Brien won’t say until Sunday

Bill O’Brien


Texans coach Bill O’Brien is declining to name his starting quarterback for Sunday, until Sunday.

O’Brien, who benched Brian Hoyer for Ryan Mallett during the Texans’ Week One loss to the Chiefs, said he’ll make no announcement about which one will start Week Two against the Panthers.

“Every decision we make will be in the best interest of the team, no matter which position,” O’Brien said. “Whatever decision that is made, whoever starts the game against Carolina, it’ll be in the best interest of the team.”

O’Brien said he already knows who the starter will be, and presumably the secret will spill out at some point this week because someone will blab about which quarterback is taking the first-string snaps at practice. But O’Brien wants to keep the identity of his quarterback secret, for as long as he can.