Houston Texans Cut Quarterback Ryan Mallett

By Matt Ambrose,
Sports Business Writer

Quarterback Ryan Mallett was cut by the Houston Texans last Tuesday. This decision came soon after Mallett missed the team flight to Miami prior to the Texans’ 44-26 loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday.

This is the second case of tardiness by the backup quarterback this season as Mallett was also late for a training camp practice earlier in the year claiming his alarm clock breaking was the reason for his lateness.

Mallett claimed that he missed the flight due to him getting caught in traffic in Houston in route to the airport, however the Houston Chronicle later reported that the alleged traffic was non-existent.

The Texans have signed T.J. Yates, who played with the team from 2011 to 2013, to replace Mallett as the second string quarterback.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien wanted to cut Mallett prior to the game against the Dolphins on Sunday, but he was overruled by General Manager Rick Smith. The Monday after the game, it was reported that O’Brien and Smith were discussing the matter internally and were unsure of what the punishment would be for Mallett. Ultimately, Mallett paid the price for his wrongdoings and now finds himself without a job.

Mallett was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, and was dealt to Houston last season after backing up Tom Brady for three season.

In Houston, Mallett had little chance to shine. He started only two games last season, the first of which, ironically, came against current Texans starter Brian Hoyer, who was with Cleveland at the time. Mallett performed well in each of his starts, throwing for 211 and 189 yards and two touchdowns before a torn pectoral muscle ended his season.

Mallett was beat out in training camp by Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job, but still managed to start four games for the Texans this season. He racked up a total of 770 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions, compiling a 1-3 record over that stretch.

It was an inevitable decision for the Texans to cut Mallett, and it will benefit the organization in the long run.

The Texans are bringing in an experienced quarterback in T.J. Yates, who knows the Houston offense well after playing in it in the past. O’Brien is a team first oriented coach, and he has shown this in the past.

He was hired as the head coach of Penn State immediately after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, so he has a history of knowing how to deal with adversity amongst his players.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 3rd print edition.

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