Report: Bill O’Brien Wanted To Cut Ryan Mallett; Texans GM Overruled Him

The Houston Texans apparently are a mess on and off the field.

The Texans fell to 2-5 on the season after being stomped out by the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, but that was hardly the only controversy for Bill O’Brien’s team. The Texans also had to deal with quarterback Ryan Mallett, who missed the team’s flight to Florida and had to fly commercial to meet up with the team.

That wasn’t the first instance of Mallett being late this season, either. The quarterback slept through a training camp practice, something that was pretty thoroughly covered on “Hard Knocks.” It sounds as though O’Brien’s seen enough.

The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that O’Brien wanted to cut Mallett after the QB missed the flight. He tried to release Mallett before Sunday’s game, but sources with direct knowledge of the situation told the Houston Chronicle that general manager Rick Smith overruled O’Brien’s decision.

The actual game didn’t go any better for O’Brien. The Texans fell down 41-0 at halftime, eventually losing 44-26. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer struggled, especially in the first half and completed just 23 of 49 passes in the loss.

But if the reported dissent between O’Brien and Smith is indeed true, the second-year head coach’s problems might be bigger than just a 2-5 record.

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