As we are all aware at this point, Houston Texans backup quarterback Ryan Mallett missed the team flight to Miami last weekend and flew commercially to the game. That was the latest in a slew of immature behavior from the former Arkansas Razorback, and head coach Bill O’Brien had enough to the point where, per Brian T. Smith of The Houston Chronicle, he wanted to flat out cut Mallett from the team.
However, Texans GM Rick Smith vetoed the decision. The report offered more:
“O’Brien wanted – and tried – to cut Mallett before the Texans ever took the field during a 44-26 blowout defeat to the Dolphins, said sources with direct knowledge of the situation who weren’t authorized to speak publicly. But the second-year leader – partly hired by owner Bob McNair for his fierce personality and high standards of personal accountability – was overruled by longtime general manager Rick Smith.”
Ryan Mallett has since been cut.
There’s no other way to say it. The Texans have become an absolute mess both on and off the field. The team is 2-5 on the year and oddly tied for second place in the AFC South, and the J.J. Watt-led defense ranks 24th in the league. Given how O’Brien was brought in to bring discipline for the team and Smith is a holdover from the Gary Kubiak era, odds are greater than none that this season will end with one or both men losing their job.
The drama surrounding Mallett is probably just the tip of the iceberg regarding contention between O’Brien and Smith.
Houston looks to get back in the win column on Sunday when it hosts the Tennessee Titans. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. ET on CBS.
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