Ryan Mallett still thinks the Texans did him wrong, even though he is solely to blame for his immature ways while in Houston
The Houston Texans cut Ryan Mallett back in October after a litany of immature decisions by the quarterback. The reasons Houston cut him were always met with an awful excuse from Mallett, because obviously never meeting his potential is clearly everyone else’s fault.
During the preseason Mallett was in a competition to become the starting quarterback with Brian Hoyer, who eventually won the job. Mallett reacted as only he could, by missing the next practice due to sleeping in.
The team was featured on the HBO series ‘Hard Knocks,’ so everyone got a good look at Mallett try and talk his way out of the blame with general manager Rick Smith. He rambled on and on like a 16-year old who missed curfew and blamed his alarm clock, while not really blaming it.
Later on in the season, Mallett missed the team plane and was flown commercially to join the rest of the team before their game in Miami. Don’t worry, because as always, the underachieving Mallett had yet another excuse as it was traffic that held him up, causing him to miss the plane.
I’ve been in quarterback rooms where it’s every man for himself – Mallett
The funny part there is that there is probably a hundred-plus who did make the flight. There’s obviously the 53-man roster, all the coaches, executives, training and medical staff, all of which showed up on time. So either Mallett takes a completely different route to the airport than anyone else in the entire organization, or he simply left late.
The Texans grew tired of his excuses, and cut him immediately after the game. Mallett then spent a good amount of time on the unemployment line, which seems like it should have snapped some sense into him. A guy so wildly talented that no one wanted, despite all the bad quarterback play throughout the league this season (i.e. Dallas, St. Louis, Cleveland, Indy just to name a few).
Finally in mid-December a team had enough injuries to turn to Mallett, as the Baltimore Ravens signed him on December 15th. So after sitting unemployed and getting a call only after Jimmy Clausen and Matt Schaub proved to still be Jimmy Clausen and Matt Schaub, the quarterback should have seen that he needed to grow up, right?
Not Mallett. Instead he still looks back at his time in Houston as a bad experience due to all those around him, even going as far as to insinuate that Brian Hoyer and those in the quarterback room were all about themselves, and not helping the team.
"“What Matt and Jimmy did for me meant a lot. I’ve been in quarterback rooms where it’s every man for himself. They didn’t have to be as helpful. You hear things are different in Baltimore, and I was seeing it,” Mallett said."
Considering Mallett had only been in a quarterback room in New England and Houston, it’s easy to assume he was taking a jab at the Texans, as the staff he had there also spent time with him in New England.
These most recent comments by Mallett prove that Houston was justified in releasing the petulant quarterback. The fact that he wants to continue to heap blame on the team that took a chance on him after the Patriots were done shows he doesn’t get it, and if being unemployed while people like Austin Davis and Matt Cassel have been playing doesn’t wake him up, nothing will.