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Sources: O'Brien says benching Hoyer mistake

CINCINNATI -- Houston coach Bill O'Brien told his team that he mishandled the Texans' quarterback situation, sources said.

During a bye-week team meeting, O'Brien said he made a mistake in benching quarterback Brian Hoyer for Ryan Mallett after the Texans' Week 1 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Hoyer won the starting job after a prolonged training camp competition but was benched during the fourth quarter against the Chiefs. He became the Texans' starter again in Week 6, backed up by Mallett until he was cut following a rash of tardiness the day before the Texans faced the Miami Dolphins in Week 7.