HOUSTON -- After the Houston Texans' season opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, a game he didn't finish after starting at quarterback, Brian Hoyer went home to his wife and two kids and reset his mind.
"That's usually the best way to do it, whether it's a win or a loss," Hoyer said Tuesday after a Texans Care event at a local middle school. "Kind of just pulled back a little bit and just kind of put things in perspective."
It wasn't long before Hoyer was again itching to return to the field and correct what he'd seen on film.
"First game of the year, you want to come out and put your best foot forward," Hoyer said. "There's disappointment all around. you go in, you find out what you did wrong, fix those mistakes and get ready for the next week. So we're looking forward to the challenge of playing Carolina, who was a playoff team, on the road. That's going to be a great challenge."
During the game, Texans coach Bill O'Brien replaced Hoyer with backup Ryan Mallett. Hoyer had been sacked four times and the Texans trailed 27-9 when O'Brien made the switch. After the game O'Brien said he didn't know if Hoyer was still the Texans' starting quarterback. On Monday he said he would not announce who the starting quarterback would be before the Texans' Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers. He intimated, somewhat implausibly, that a substitution at the quarterback position wasn't any different than a substitution at another position.
Many expect Hoyer to remain the team's starter, though Hoyer toed the company line when asked about his status. He declined to comment on whether or not O'Brien had told him yet who was starting.
The Texans' work on the Panthers began during training camp. They began working on their first two opponents during Week 4 of the preseason. Hoyer has confidence the Texans' offensive problems can be fixed in short order.
"It's nothing that's not correctable," Hoyer said. "It wasn't one of those things where we just couldn't get it done. There was actually, when you look at the film, some really good plays, too. You want to build on those, learn from your mistakes, correct them and really move on towards Carolina and get a good feel for what you do.
"The good thing is you get to play a new game every week. The bad thing is they're seven days apart. Sometimes you wish they would come a little sooner."