O'Brien on QB competition, and perception of it

As expected, Bill O'Brien didn't name who the Texans will start at quarterback.

But the head coach shared his thoughts on the idea that one or neither isn't up to par.

"I take a lot of pride in both those guys," O'Brien said. "I know both those guys very well. I read, I understand what is written out there. Sometimes it pisses me off to be honest with you."

Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer are battling to be the starter. Each has taken reps with the first team throughout OTAs, minicamp and the first two days of training camp. But O'Brien said he still wants to

see more before naming a starter at the position.

"Every day is evaluated," O'Brien said. "These guys are very even. No decisions have been made."

The head coach emphasized the time and effort each of the two have spent on perfecting their craft and trying to improve. He's been very complimentary of the work ethic displayed by both, and he drove home the point after Sunday morning's work.

"I think the city of Houston should be proud of both of them," O'Brien said. "I think the media should understand that both these guys can play. They have to go out there and do it. Look if they don't go out there and do it they don't do it, but I have a lot of faith in those guys. One of them will start and one of them will be the backup and I'm looking forward to continuing to coach them. I think they are two good quarterbacks and I like both of them."

When asked about a timeline for a decision, the head coach said one will come "when the time is right".

The Texans will practice Monday evening at the Houston Methodist Training Center. 

The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 4/8/2021)

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