After Texan QB Ryan Mallett's first NFL start, which ended in a double-digit Texans victory at Cleveland, it was tough to temper enthusiasm and optimism. O'Brien said Mallett's ability to move the offense quickly and decisively down the field was the brightest of bright spots in the 23-7 victory.
"That's one thing that I'd seen in practice: that he understood the rhythm that we wanted to play," O'Brien said. "He had performed that well in practice. So when we continually saw that week-to-week, we knew he was a guy that when he got into the game, he would know how we wanted to play."
It was a tough matchup against the Browns who were fifth in allowing fantasy points to QBs coming into Week 11. Things actually get fairly favorable for Mallett the rest of the season. He should at least be able to provide some QB2 production especially if the schedule remains in his advantage.