Brandon Weeden has found a home in Houston and has the Texans on the brink of a playoff berth. Now, with Brian Hoyer coming back from a concussion, the Texans have made it clear that Hoyer will be the starter once he clears the league protocol. With the AFC South all but locked up, should Weeden get a chance to lead Houston in the playoffs?
There is no point in fixing something that isn’t broken, right? In less than two games, Weeden is 26-42 for 305 yards and three touchdowns; he also has a rushing touchdown to complement no interceptions. Weeden is hot right now and has the full support of the locker room. His teammates love him, his coach has praised his poise, and he actually has some weapons to work with. Hoyer hasn’t played in nearly three weeks. In his last start, he completed 50% of his passes for just over 150 yards and no touchdowns. Hoyer is 4-6 as a starter this year, and recovering from a concussion is no easy thing to do. Weeden has all the momentum in the world at this point and has done nothing to earn a demotion. Hoyer is the probable starter this Sunday, but if he comes out rusty, it would be interesting to see how short Hoyer’s leash is for the season finale.
Yes, Weeden has been great, but Hoyer is the man in Houston. From day one in training camp, the Texans wanted Hoyer to separate himself from the competition and be the guy that leads this team -- and he’s done just that. 4-6 doesn’t look good, but the numbers suggest that he gives Houston the best chance to win. Hoyer is completing over 60% of his passes and has 18 touchdowns to go along with only six interceptions. Although neither quarterback has any playoff experience, Hoyer is by far the more NFL experienced quarterback. The seventh year veteran has spent the entire 2015 season with Houston and no doubt knows the playbook better than Weeden. If Hoyer goes out and dominates against Jacksonville on Sunday, consider the debate over. But if Weeden is needed to come in and deliver because of an injury or a poor performance by Hoyer, Weeden deserves to start the rest of the season.
So in your completely unbiased opinion, who should start this Sunday and for the playoffs -- Weeden or Hoyer?