RTC: Mallett-Hoyer matchup has Patriotic vibe

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Three years ago, Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer, George Godsey and Bill O'Brien spent quite a bit of time together. Brady as the New England Patriots' starting quarterback, Hoyer as his backup, Mallett as the young gun drafted that year, Godsey as the offensive assistant who spent a lot of time with the quarterbacks and O'Brien as the Patriots offensive coordinator. Four of them will share a field on Sunday, three as members of the Texans and Hoyer as the Browns starting quarterback. Brady will keep an eye on the game from afar in which two of his former backups will start for their teams, writes Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah recasts the 2014 draft. This time, he gives the Texans Khalil Mack with their first overall pick. He thinks Jadeveon Clowney, taken first overall by the Texans this year, would drop completely out of the top 10. His new top 10: Mack, receiver Sammy Watkins, quarterback Derek Carr, receiver Kelvin Benjamin, linebacker C.J. Mosley, offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, offensive lineman Zack Martin, linebacker Anthony Barr, receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and offensive lineman Greg Robinson.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is everywhere these days. On the field he's going to be a big problem for theCleveland Browns, writes Tom Withers of the Associated Press. "I wouldn't say it's hyperbole when you say he's the best defensive player in the NFL because I don't think I've ever seen anybody who plays like he does, as hard as he does," Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas said. "I've never seen anybody as disruptive as he is. He's unpredictable."

Ryan Glasspiegel and Jason Lisk of The Big Lead had a long chat with former Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. This is indeed a long chat and covers most of the topics Phillips likes (sort of) to address: J.J. Watt, the Music City Miracle, letting great players do their thing, why he wasn't hired for this season. There's also this response when asked how often he watches broadcasts and thinks announcers say something incorrect: "Most of the time. Quite a bit, really. They don’t know a whole lot about it. They really don’t know zones from man-to-man. I’m talking about defenses. Some of the offensive stuff is pretty clear, but even then I’ll see a lot of mistakes as far as what they’re seeing, what’s happening, who’s fault it is — all those things."