NFL The Houston Texans are done hearing excuses from Ryan Mallett. He’s no longer on the team. Mallett was released by the team Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source informed of the Texans’ plans. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news. That wraps up a tumultuous few days in Houston that included Mallett missing his team’s charter flight for the game. Mallett subsequently blamed some Houston traffic — which the Chronicle says was non-existent — for his absence. Mallett also was late for a practice during training camp when he said his alarm clock broke. The Mallett era will not be looked back upon fondly. The Texans acquired the former New England Patriots for practically nothing in a trade last season. He started two games for the team last season before tearing his pectoral muscle. Mallett was beat out by Brian Hoyer for the starting job this season, but took over for Hoyer late in the team’s ugly Week 1 loss to Kansas City. Mallett improbably held on to the starting job for four games, and was one of the worst starters in the league. His passes only seemed to have one speed. Missing the team flight Saturday was the last straw for his stay with the team.
The Ryan Mallett era comes to an end in Houston, and it ends with plenty of excuses, and questionable off-field behavior. While Mallett was a backup for Tom Brady with the New England Patriots, there were whispers that he could be a star in the right situation, if he only was given the opportunity to play. Those rumors have been dispelled, Mallett is not a good player, and he does not possess the leadership qualities that are necessary for a starting NFL quarterback off the field. A quarterback leads by example, they cannot be oversleeping and missing flights, they need to be setting the tone for the rest of the team and Mallett is not capable of doing that in this stage of his career.