Brian Hoyer was named the starting quarterback on Monday.
Bill O'Brien made the announcement at a 1:30 p.m. press conference.
"I felt like it was very important to give Brian the chance to run our offense all week, knowing that he was the starter going into this game," O'Brien said.
The head coach said he made the decision because of the consistency and composure shown by Hoyer throughout the competition. He informed the quarterbacks of his decision at 7:40 Monday morning, and then told the rest of the team at 8 a.m.
Hoyer competed with Ryan Mallett for the starting job during OTAs, minicamp and training camp.
"Like I've said in the past, I believe in him," O'Brien said. "I believe in his ability to run our offense efficiently. I believe in his experience in our offense. I think he's shown in the past that he can be a successful starting quarterback."
In two preseason games, the veteran signal caller has completed 9-of-15 passes for 119 yards, with one touchdown and zero interceptions.
When asked Saturday night about the offensive system the Texans are running, Hoyer was optimistic.
"It's everything I thought it would be when I decided to sign here," Hoyer said. "It's been everything that I could have hoped for."
"It's everything I thought it would be
when I decided to sign here. It's been everything that I could of hoped for.
Hoyer's appeared in 32 games during his seven-year career, and passed for 3,326 yards last season as a Cleveland Brown.
He signed with the Texans as a free agent on March 11.
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