"I think that there are certainly things to improve on, but I thought he managed the game better, O'Brien said via the Houston Chronicle. "I think he got us into the right play better. I thought his mechanics were better. He was tighter in the pocket. He was a bit more accurate. He completed more balls. I think we were more balanced and I think that helped him.
"I think a lot of that had to do with our receivers and our line, but Mallett delivering the ball on time and accurately. There's things we need to improve on. He's really only played four games in the league. ... The more you do things, the better you get at it. Hopefully, we'll see that."
Mallett, who is 1-1 this year as the starting signal caller, completed 24 of 39 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown and interception. The fifth-year player said he feels more confident with his play though he's seen limited action on the field during his career.
"Throughout my career, high school, college, whatever, I always feel better the more I play, the more comfortable I get. Hopefully that'll continue," Mallett said. "It feels kind of like after Cleveland (a win last season where Mallett started), but we need more, we want more, we tasted finally what it tastes like to win and that's just all about how hard we worked, how much effort we put into the game plan, know what we're doing, know our assignments and then execute."