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Bill O'Brien: You'll have to wait to find out Texans' QB

Bill O'Brien might know who his starting quarterback will be next week, but he's not sharing.

The Houston Texans coach declined to name a starter publicly until kickoff next Sunday when they visit the Carolina Panthers.

"I'm not going to make a big quarterback announcement today," O'Brien said Monday, per the Houston Chronicle. "You'll have to wait for the first play of the Carolina game to see."

O'Brien added that he does have a good feeling who the starter will be. For now, he's just not letting the rest of us in on his thought process. The coach said he isn't worried about how the decision will affect the "confidence" of Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett.

O'Brien yanked Hoyer late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The starter turned the ball over twice inside Houston's 15-yard line and finished 18-of-34 passing for 236 yards with a touchdown, a pick and a fumble.

Mallett marched the Texans for a touchdown and field goal in his only two drives to pull the Texans within a score, but it was too little too late for Houston. Mallett finished 8-of-13 passing for 98 yards and a touchdown pass.

When naming Hoyer the starter during training camp, O'Brien cited the veteran's ball security and ability to safely run the offense. Neither of which he displayed in Week 1.

We expected to see Mallett at some point under center this season, but it was a bad sign that coaching decision came in the first game.

The next big decision will come on the road in Carolina. Unless the information is leaked over the course of the week, we'll just have to wait until Sunday to find out what that verdict is.

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