If ultimately there is an undoing for Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and his tenure as head coach of the team, it will likely be his haphazard and very questionable handling of the quarterback position, from eschewing a franchise quarterback in the 2014 draft to his arbitrary flip-flopping between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett this season. For a guy who's supposed to be a QB expert, he has handled the position like a stoned MADDEN player on a Saturday night gamer binge.
On Tuesday morning, the next chapter in the QB Disaster unfolded, with the Texans releasing Mallett just three days after he missed the team charter to Miami for Sunday's game against the Dolphins:
Mallett released— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 27, 2015
Mallett, who attributed his lack of punctuality to the killer Saturday afternoon traffic in Houston, was forced to fly commercial to Miami, and remained on the sidelines for the entire game, even as Hoyer was churning out three-and-outs the way that Detroit churns out automobiles.
After the game, when asked about his repeated tardiness, Mallett was quick to point out it was "only twice," as if that somehow made it better. Mallett, of course, infamously missed practice the day after learning he would be the team's backup headed into the season...
As it turned out, the only thing keeping Mallett's release from happening before the game on Sunday was General Manager Rick Smith's talking O'Brien off the ledge. According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, O'Brien wanted to cut Mallett immediately after he missed the flight on Saturday, but Smith overruled O'Brien, citing the need for an actual backup quarterback in an NFL game, as opposed to using punter Shane Lechler.
So now Mallett will hit the open market with his rocket arm, his ten cent head and a tenure here in Houston that was ultimately a failure on his résumé. To fill Mallett's spot on the roster — as if this needed to feel any more like some sort of TV drama — the Texans plan on writing the character of T.J. Yates back into the script. Yates, of course, spent time in O'Brien's system in the summer of 2014 before being traded to Atlanta for Akeem Dent.
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Many Texans fans will fondly remember this 2011 iteration of T.J. Yates…
We are way the hell down the rabbit hole now, people.
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