Texans QB Ryan Mallett will get his first NFL start for the coach that developed him in New England as a rookie.
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With QB Ryan Fitzpatrick going into a tailspin for the Houston Texans, head coach Bill O’Brian has made a change at QB by naming Ryan Mallett the starter.
Since starting 3-1 to start the season, the Texans have lost four of their last five to fall to 4-5. “I might be wrong, but I think this might be the thing that helps our team,” O’Brien told USA Today.
Mallett was a 3rd round pick by the New England Patriots in 2011 after a stellar career in Arkansas, and was coached by O’Brien in his last year with New England prior to taking the head coaching job at Penn State. But Mallett never got any chances for real NFL experience beyond spot duty for a resting Tom Brady – he has 4 career passes.
The Texans have a bye this week. Their next game will be on November 16th in a road game against the Cleveland Browns.