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Texans v. Panthers: Bill O'Brien Officially Names Ryan Mallett Texans' Starting Quarterback

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Although the Texans' head coach said he wouldn't publicly announce who would be starting at QB for the Texans against the Panthers on Sunday, Bill O'Brien has changed his mind. Could he do it again? Texans fans react.

No takebacks, OB.
No takebacks, OB.
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Ever since Ian Rapoport first reported that the Texans had decided to start Ryan Mallett at quarterback against the Panthers on Sunday, there was fear--admittedly, a fairly irrational and yet somehow sort of understandable fear--that the report was wrong, or that this was a ruse and Brian Hoyer would still run out on the field for the Texans' first offensive possession. That concern can now be put to rest, as Bill O'Brien (despite his earlier oath not to do so) publicly announced that Mallett would in fact be the Texans' starting quarterback on Sunday. Some tweets from that presser:

Rest easy, Texans fans. Bill O'Brien has assured us that Ryan Mallett will be under center for that first offensive series on Sunday. Unless...

UNLESS THIS IS A TRICK, TOO. O'BRIEN LEAKED THE STORY ABOUT MALLETT STARTING, AND THEN CONFIRMED IT PUBLICLY, JUST TO THROW THE PANTHERS OFF THE TRAIL. CAROLINA WILL NEVER EXPECT IT. BRIAN HOYER IS STILL THE STARTER.

UPDATE (2:01 p.m. CDT): Bill O'Brien has identified the leak. I repeat, Bill O'Brien has identified the leak.

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