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Texans make a statement by releasing three

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The Texans have lost five straight, and saw a quarterback hurt before they had to bench him.

So obviously, it’s scapegoat time.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have released defensive end Sam Montgomery, outside linebacker Willie Jefferson and running back Cierre Wood for violating team rules at their Kansas City hotel. According to the report, all three were sent home Sunday morning, and were among the players the Texans made inactive for yesterday’s loss to the Chiefs.

Montgomery was a third-round pick this year, but had disappointed with a chance to win substantial playing time. Coach Gary Kubiak’s frustration with Montgomery goes back months, to when he reported to training camp out of shape.

Of course, they probably shouldn’t have been surprised, since he admitted a lack of effort at LSU, and he was one of the players there coaches tried to shame into showing up for workouts.

Wood and Jefferson were first-year players, and Jefferson had reportedly been kicked out of Baylor for failing multiple drug tests.

It’s a bold statement, but when you’re 2-5 and nothing else is working, it’s time for bold.

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  1. jackburton77 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:41 PM

    I went to UVa and love Schaub but Kubiak’s inability to get away from him is going to be his undoing.

    It’s a similar situation with the Jets but somehow Ryan got lucky and Geno Smith started winning.

  2. bspurloc says: Oct 21, 2013 2:41 PM

    so Arian Foster is ok?

  3. gojags says: Oct 21, 2013 2:42 PM

    Jags will put a waiver for Montgomery and put Mincey on Injured/Waived

  4. studio26seattle says: Oct 21, 2013 2:44 PM

    Epic choice of picture for the story :) He looks very “derpish”.

  5. pkrjones says: Oct 21, 2013 2:45 PM

    So how are these 3 considered “scapegoats”? They were turds, who obviously did something Saturday night against team policy.

    None were playing much (at all?) and were more hassle than they were worth ~ might as well get the other players’ attention and can them.

  6. truths4all says: Oct 21, 2013 2:46 PM

    Apparently the lazy right tackle who released his defender who then sacked the QB and caused and recovered the fumble at the end of the game is safe. Sure, lots of teams allow their tackles to block and release since it takes too much energy to keep blocking your man, but at the end of the game when it really counts, anyone could see he was not giving his all to do his part in trying to win the game.

  7. hawkforlife says: Oct 21, 2013 2:46 PM

    So obviously, it’s scapegoat time.

    So you wouldn’t cut useless players from your team?

  8. craigkintexas says: Oct 21, 2013 2:46 PM

    Of course it’s scapegoating……Kubiak should have been the first one let go! He’s not a head coach….maybe assistant OC.

  9. southpaw2k says: Oct 21, 2013 2:47 PM

    Wasn’t Montgomery originally projected to be a first-round pick this past April before all his character issues came to light?

    Falling from being a first rounder, to drafted in the third round, to being unemployed (albeit likely very briefly) six months later is a pretty big fall from grace.

  10. primenumber19 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:49 PM

    A waste of a third rounder the moment they used it. This is the reason I don’t understand the high value of picks in today’s nfl, where you can get Eugene Monro and boldin for next to nothing.

  11. indyibew481 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:50 PM

    From the picture above I think I have figured out why they are on a 5 game losing streak….they’re practing against 13 yr olds

  12. onlythebest36 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:50 PM

    Bears better start calling two of those guys.

  13. crush22 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:50 PM

    Wow…that was a short time on top of the AFC South.
    The Colts are back where they belong, on top of the division, and will be there for quite some time.
    RIP Texans, Titans & Jaguars.

  14. henryd3rd says: Oct 21, 2013 2:51 PM

    There was talk before they drafted him that he had had issues at LSU; so why be surprised when he doesn’t play up to his potential now? That old axiom, “buyer beware” seems to apply here.

  15. ronmexicoaquafina says: Oct 21, 2013 2:51 PM

    nothing new here, move along….bad character and lack of work ethic should be a REQUIREMENT for a draftee, not a bonus. but, what do you expect when most “athletes” can barely read or write, why would you expect them to work hard, stay out of trouble and follow rules?

  16. austinoxford says: Oct 21, 2013 2:51 PM

    Welcome to Dallas Sam Montgomery. Or maybe we should wait 3 years until he’s on his last NFL leg and have him pull a George Selvie.

  17. truetrue85 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:52 PM

    Yeah, because releasing a few backups is one hell of a statement. Hoe about you cut/trade some of the starters whom are directly responsible for your current record.

  18. granadafan says: Oct 21, 2013 2:55 PM

    What rules did they break at the hotel, curfew violation?

  19. fdugrad says: Oct 21, 2013 2:57 PM

    It is amazing how ANYONE in The NFL could be dumb enough to be unaware how lucky they are to be on a team and be paid for playing something he/they purport(s) to love.

  20. durant0s says: Oct 21, 2013 2:58 PM

    Sounds like the got caught smoking 1 too many of those Jazz Cigarettes.

  21. drsummeroff says: Oct 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    What would have been bold is if they had actually cut a starter or two…you know, the ones playing who are responsible for the mess…they cut a few scrubs. It`s neither bold nor will it send much of a message.

  22. pixelito says: Oct 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    Montgomery went from being projected at 16th overall to out of the league.

    LOSER!

  23. nickswearsky says: Oct 21, 2013 3:07 PM

    Just like in Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory,” when you lose a battle, you find three scrubs to execute for cowardice. When the whole time the problem is with the generals.

  24. runmarshawnrun says: Oct 21, 2013 3:07 PM

    Good luck as Jacksonville’s OC next year, Kubiak.

  25. 4gone says: Oct 21, 2013 3:28 PM

    50 more to go.

    Now THAT is a statement.

  26. justsomerandomguy24 says: Oct 21, 2013 3:29 PM

    Montgomery was a beast at LSU. I hope he gets his act together, because he has the talent to be a solid player.

  27. kuranda84 says: Oct 21, 2013 3:32 PM

    Good for Kubiak (and Tomlin) for making changes in their locker room. There making changes and making statements. Maybe it will work and maybe it won’t, but I approve.

  28. meldrel says: Oct 21, 2013 3:33 PM

    Supposedly Willie was smoking a “cigar” in his hotel room. Hmmmmm sounds like someone was trying to send a game day morning message?!

  29. pats4win says: Oct 21, 2013 3:34 PM

    Coach Kubiak: Just remember fellas, stay away from the mini-bars.

    Players A,B,C no one cares about: Is he frikkin serious?

    You bet yo azz he is……

  30. eastofmissball says: Oct 21, 2013 3:36 PM

    GM Smith.. you missed the ball again. But you can blame it on your scouts, right. It’s your final call on these guys. Seems out of character for a drug user and lazy. Maybe the lazy falls on your end. You busted with Reed, now looking to save some face. How come Kubiak taking all the damage? Step up.

  31. conormacleod says: Oct 21, 2013 3:37 PM

    Wait. So they cut 3 jag offs that weren’t playing and that I’ve never heard of? Well, if that doesn’t turn a team around, I don’t know what will!!

  32. robyoung23 says: Oct 21, 2013 3:38 PM

    If your a pro, act like one. U can smoke all the pot u want when your retired

  33. kevpft says: Oct 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    That’s some bold leadership, there. 7 games into the season, we’ve finally identified the problems, and they’re three low-level players. No coaches or stars, no sir!

    Amazing how much of an effect these three guys have had, compared to all the high-priced failure happening on the offensive side.

    Well, now that this is out of the way, it’s back to Super Bowl contention!

  34. skoobyfl says: Oct 21, 2013 3:39 PM

    Now he has plenty of time to smoke those cooleys.

  35. daysend564 says: Oct 21, 2013 3:42 PM

    austinoxford says:
    Oct 21, 2013 2:51 PM
    Welcome to Dallas Sam Montgomery. Or maybe we should wait 3 years until he’s on his last NFL leg and have him pull a George Selvie.
    =============
    Close, but they one upped ya, taking former 2nd round pick Marvin Austin.

  36. zoxitic says: Oct 21, 2013 3:46 PM

    Man this franchise went from contender to turd in a blink of an eye.

  37. chiadam says: Oct 21, 2013 3:48 PM

    Go ahead and move this deck chair over here, put that one over there, and then we should be good.

    What? No, no…don’t worry about that big hole in the boat.

  38. citiciti says: Oct 21, 2013 3:50 PM

    Can you get Cleveland to cut Weeden?

  39. zoxitic says: Oct 21, 2013 4:15 PM

    The statement is:

    We suck.

  40. bcajun says: Oct 21, 2013 4:17 PM

    Why dont the saints pick up sam montgomery at least for depth

  41. dualprime says: Oct 21, 2013 4:19 PM

    crush22 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 2:50 PM
    Wow…that was a short time on top of the AFC South.
    The Colts are back where they belong, on top of the division, and will be there for quite some time.
    RIP Texans, Titans & Jaguars.
    ———————————–
    Atop the AFC South isn’t all that high and remember, Dolts were embarrassed by the Chargers on MNF.

  42. nathpz says: Oct 21, 2013 4:20 PM

    Boy, it really would have been useful to have Cierre Wood dressed yesterday instead of only carrying two tailbacks, one of whom was dealing with a hamstring injury all week, on the gameday roster.

  43. mezanine10 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:23 PM

    Not sure who’s a bigger dissapointment, the Texans or the Giants.

  44. texanfan62 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:25 PM

    crush22 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:50 PM

    Wow…that was a short time on top of the AFC South.
    The Colts are back where they belong, on top of the division, and will be there for quite some time.
    RIP Texans, Titans & Jaguars.

    JUST REMEMBER; ALL IT TAKES IS ONE HIT ON ANDREW LUCK’S KNEES TO PUT YOU IDIOTS OUT OF FIRST PLACE! Plus Indy’s Lucky they even have a Franchise, the Colts should be in Baltimore, Irsay sucks! Colts SUCK!

  45. kuya206 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:38 PM

    Meanwhile… The bum that these immature guys mocked at the team hotel is chuckling…

  46. trollaikman8 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:45 PM

    How does this affect Arian Foster’s stock price?

  47. onbucky96 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:46 PM

    I don’t care what John McClain reports. What did Hans Gruber report? Or Clay…Bill Clay?

  48. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 21, 2013 4:50 PM

    Any way you slice it, cutting a 3rd round pick from your last draft class is unacceptable. Texans are imploding on all levels…add player personell to the list.

  49. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 21, 2013 4:53 PM

    The sky has fallen.

  50. bluenose1965 says: Oct 21, 2013 5:05 PM

    For the uninformed:

    Wood was the 3rd running back. The Texans had to play yesterday with only two running backs and when Foster got hurt one. Tate ended up being hurt also and Jones had to play running back.

    Jefferson came from nowhere to make the team. He’s actually played some this year. They had hopes that he’d be a factor going forward.

    Montgomery is as described a busted 3rd round pick.

    Hardly cutting scrubs for effect.

  51. rodh32340 says: Oct 21, 2013 5:30 PM

    They fired a substitute secretary, a janitor and a season ticket sales rep? That’ll send them all a message!

  52. Patriot42 says: Oct 21, 2013 5:47 PM

    The Texans were born with expectations as if they were special and they were supposed to be the darlings of the NFL. They didn’t get it done and are an average team at best.

  53. dualprime says: Oct 21, 2013 6:20 PM

    Patriot42 says:
    Oct 21, 2013 5:47 PM
    The Texans were born with expectations as if they were special and they were supposed to be the darlings of the NFL. They didn’t get it done and are an average team at best.
    ———————————————
    …and it took the Pats over 40 years to actually win anything. And they had to cheat to get it done.

  54. akzane says: Oct 21, 2013 6:32 PM

    Well that didn’t take long! Two winning seasons and time to start the rebuild all over again. Texans will be at the bottom of the afc south next year and for the next decade!

  55. mogogo1 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:46 PM

    Somebody already said it up above, but worth repeating: It can be darn funny how NFL teams treat draft picks. Had the Texans sent a third round pick someplace for a QB, some would have called them insane for being so wasteful. But drafting troublemakers from college who probably won’t straighten out is considered sound draft policy because of all the “upside.”

  56. rationalitybias says: Oct 21, 2013 7:49 PM

    They aren’t scapegoats, they were caught smoking in the hotel.

  57. texansdude says: Oct 21, 2013 7:51 PM

    Ahh noooo! Wee sawk ageen!

  58. albinorhino49 says: Oct 21, 2013 8:04 PM

    A lot of the draft is a crap shoot, give me production over potential anyday. They draft Watt who has a nonstop motor THEN pick this lazy bum? When in doubt pick a high effort nonstop motor guy.

  59. ddogdaddy says: Oct 21, 2013 10:12 PM

    @texanfan62

    Sounds as if you have some misplaced aggression. It is a fact the Texans had a 2 year window to make some noise while the Colts rebuilt and other then winning the AFC South a couple years not much else. You are mad about the Colts yet you are cheering for the Texans and it should be the Oilers. You are supporting a made up team while your team plays in Nashville under another name. I am sure that contributes to this anger issue that consumes you so greatly. The Colts have been on top for many years and will continue this trend for many years to come. Sorry for your Luck.

  60. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 22, 2013 8:49 AM

    “Ddogdaddy….not every franchise makes a mockery of the game and tanks a season so they can get the #1 draft pick.

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