If Bill O'Brien declares a starting quarterback next week, it likely won't be based on Saturday night's performances.
Hoyer entered the game and didn't fare any better, going 7-of-11 for 52 yards. The veteran passer at least attempted to stretch the defense with a couple deep shots (didn't connect), but he also took two sacks.
Neither quarterback led a scoring drive -- Tom Savage needed to enter the game in the second half to lead Houston into field-goal range.
The duo combined for just six first downs (Mallett: two; Hoyer: four) in a depressing first half.
This is the hell O'Brien is living in right now.
For as much as the coach insists he believes in both Hoyer and Mallett, a game like Saturday has to test that resolve.
Arian Foster's injury magnified the weaknesses in both quarterbacks. Those deficiencies were evident in a lousy preseason outing.
Instead of an intriguing quarterback battle Saturday night that could have provided fireworks, we witnessed a pillow fight between ragamuffins.