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Bill O'Brien picks Texans' starting quarterback on 'Hard Knocks'

Nov 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien on the sideline during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien on the sideline during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien spent all of the offseason program and training camp debating whether to make Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett his starting quarterback. Monday, he made his choice, going with Hoyer.

Thanks to Houston's participation in this season's installment of "Hard Knocks," we got to see how it all went down, with O'Brien breaking the news to his quarterbacks in a team meeting room.

O'Brien explains his reasoning for choosing Hoyer, citing consistency, while also encouraging Mallett to be ready in case the team calls upon him later in the season.

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Decisions like this one that help shape the course of team's season happen in camps all around the NFL, but rarely, if ever, do fans get to see them take place. It's one of the reasons why "Hard Knocks" is compelling television for football fans.

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