3) Brian Hoyer, quarterback, Houston Texans
5-4 record, 60.7 completion percentage, 2606 yards, 19 touchdowns, seven interceptions
Brian Hoyer lost his job to Ryan Mallett, ceded a few games to T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden due to injury, but somehow still managed to come around and get the Houston Texans into the playoffs and compete against some of the best talent in the NFL.
In my mind, Hoyer exceeded expectations, especially in the latter part of the season. Hoyer wasn’t winning games for the Texans (that job fell to the defense) but he certainly wasn’t costing the team games.
…until the playoffs of course. Hoyer threw four interceptions with zero touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs and completed just 44 percent of his passes for 136 yards in that games. In short, Hoyer came back down to earth.
This isn’t to say that Hoyer wasn’t a competent quarterback during the regular season. He was. The problem is that while he gave the Texans a chance to win games, he certainly wasn’t going to put his team over the top in a close contest. He was either going to be a liability or a game manager.
The Texans will likely go after a replacement in the offseason, relegating Hoyer back to backup status or cutting bait. There are better quarterbacks either in free agency or the draft and the Texans would be wise to roll the dice with a new signal caller.
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