Bill O'Brien's big decision didn't get any easier on Saturday night. The Houston Texans coach watched his two starting quarterback candidates play very well in the team's preseason-opening win against San Francisco.
Ryan Mallett played the remainder of the first half. While the Texans didn't score under his watch, that had more to do with the team's poor running. (The Texans had 10 consecutive plays inside the 10-yard line on Mallett's first drive without scoring.) Mallett was very accurate, completing 10 of 11 passes for 90 yards. While he wasn't flashy, Mallett knew where to go with the ball. His only bad decision came when he tried to scramble for a first down.
The distribution of snaps was the most interesting thing about the Texans battle on Saturday. Hoyer only played one series, which is how you normally treat a starter in the preseason. But O'Brien indicated after the game that Mallett would start the second week of the preseason, with Hoyer playing more in reserve. This battle isn't ending anytime soon.