In the last two months, Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett has missed a training camp practice and a team charter. He started four games, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns, completing 53 percent of his passes, and sulked on the sideline after being pulled from one of those games. It’s time for the Texans to move on.
After missing the Texans charter and flying commercial, Mallett was active for Sunday’s 44-26 drubbing in Miami but didn’t play. Following the game he said he said he missed the team’s flight on Saturday because of traffic. I’m dubious, but that really doesn’t matter at this point. This is the same guy who told Texans GM Rick Smith that he missed that training camp practice because his “phone turned off” and assured Smith that he wouldn’t have to worry about “that Sh*t no more”. This is a guy who thinks he should be a starting quarterback in the NFL, to that, I’m dubious as well.
There were character question about Mallett when he left Arkansas, and those questions have been proven correct in his short time in Houston. Now, the onus falls on Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, who is the only reason why Mallett is with the Texans, and he really only has one option. Can you really preach accountability and professionalism while keeping him on the roster?
With Tom Savage on injured reserve, dumping Mallett at this point in the season likely ensures Brian Hoyer will be the Texans starter the remainder of the season, but at this point, with Arian Foster’s torn achilles, does it actually matter who is under center from here on out, and would you actually want to put your trust in Mallett at this point?
Nobody else on the Texans roster missed that charter to Miami on Saturday, and nobody else overslept and missed a training camp practice. O’Brien needs to show that there is some sort of consequence for doing this, and a fine won’t cut it. After another blowout loss in what is becoming a disastrous season, the Texans second year head coach seems to be coming quite close to losing this team.
After Sunday’s game, O’Brien said that the Mallett situation would be handled in-house. Come Monday, Ryan Mallett needs to be kicked out of that house.Follow @AdamSpolane