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Ryan Mallett missing from Texans practice, and they won’t say why

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Two days after saying he was “angry” about losing the starting quarterback competition to Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett was not at Texans practice today.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Texans coach Bill O’Brien didn’t expound on the absence, setting the stage for truckloads of speculation.

That’s between Ryan and I,” coach Bill O’Brien said of his absence, and later adding: “That’s a personal issue with him.”

Mallett was at practice Wednesday since being demoted, and when asked if he’d be back at practice tomorrow, O’Brien replied: “I would think so.”

Unless they’re just saving something for “Hard Knocks,” it’s hard to imagine the point of not clarifying this one. When an admitted angry guy goes missing, there’s going to be plenty of people wondering why. And if it’s nothing serious, it’s pretty easy to say that too.

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49 Responses to “Ryan Mallett missing from Texans practice, and they won’t say why”
  1. billswillnevermove says: Aug 27, 2015 12:22 PM

    Maybe he took a trip to Oakland and was asking Vanessa Del Rio about the starting gig. He could step in right away over Carr. Guy is a bust.

  2. pthepro49 says: Aug 27, 2015 12:24 PM

    I would disappear too if I got demoted to Brian Hoyer.

  3. cuda1234 says: Aug 27, 2015 12:25 PM

    Is he on his way to Cleveland/Buffalo/Washington, DC?

  4. cuda1234 says: Aug 27, 2015 12:26 PM

    Is RGIII at practice?

  5. prince5000 says: Aug 27, 2015 12:28 PM

    I didn’t look it up, but I heard on Doug Gottlieb’s show yesterday that Hoyer had the same numbers last year as Geno Smith. I just don’t understand why you resign Mallett and choose not to see what he can do.

  6. nachofacefakeindian says: Aug 27, 2015 12:30 PM

    lol…..hail to the REDSKINS

  7. sixmiledrive says: Aug 27, 2015 12:35 PM

    Too much to drink the night before? Wouldn’t be the first time someone has dealt with their disappointment by having a couple too many.

  8. skins716 says: Aug 27, 2015 12:39 PM

    ^^lol, RGIII hasn’t been at practice for the last 4 years

  9. baldbuc says: Aug 27, 2015 12:43 PM

    At this point they should just see what Tom Savage can do. They screwed up by not grabbing Bridgewater.

  10. texansdude says: Aug 27, 2015 12:46 PM

    Does anyone remember that MASH episode when Frank Burns ran away when he didn’t get promoted after Col. Blake left?

  11. shadywarrior says: Aug 27, 2015 12:46 PM

    Wow, I wonder if he’s asking for a trade. I saw them both live several times at Patriots training camp practices. Arm-wise, Mallet was comparable to Brady, and Hoyer was slightly less accurate. But the thing I took away from Mallett was his inconsistency, the same opinion I had of him coming out of Arkansas. One play he’ll thread a needle for a first down and maybe more, the very next play he’s throwing into coverage for a near-pick with two or three defenders in the area. I think this is Mallett’s 4th year, I think he’s tired of backing up and is dead set on starting somewhere. Whether he’s a bona fide starter or not is a big question mark, but I’m sure that he is in his mind, and he’s getting antsy.

  12. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Aug 27, 2015 12:47 PM

    broken jaw I heard

  13. securb2013 says: Aug 27, 2015 12:49 PM

    This is such a joke, Mallett needs to calm down. I equate the QB competition in Houston to a NASCAR race between a Prius and a SmartCar.

  14. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 27, 2015 12:52 PM

    Cryptic.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 27, 2015 12:55 PM

    Lol there’s every reason not to clarify anything for the media at any time.

    O’Brien got his “how to deal with the media” lessons from Belichick. Do you really think you’re ever going to get much from him ?

  16. grumpyoleman says: Aug 27, 2015 12:56 PM

    Or maybe it’s none of our business.

  17. iamkillerfin says: Aug 27, 2015 1:03 PM

    TRADE BAIT!!!

  18. bassplucker says: Aug 27, 2015 1:07 PM

    Dude kinda seems like the kind of guy that could snap at any minute. WAAYYY too high-strung and full of himself. It was reported he was very upset at being named the backup in Houston so I hope if he’s out doing something stupid that it’s nothing that causes harm to anyone else.

  19. bbfe says: Aug 27, 2015 1:10 PM

    grumpyoleman says:
    Aug 27, 2015 12:56 PM
    Or maybe it’s none of our business.

    ———————————————

    Actually at the level this sport is played, yes, it is our business. If it wasn’t this would be high school football. The fans are what make this league. They just forgot that with so many fans. Ryan can step out of the limelight any time he wants by filing retirement paperwork.

  20. playgroundlgnd says: Aug 27, 2015 1:15 PM

    Brian Hoyer is back at it again. Peter King just released the story a few weeks ago how Brian created an awful environment in the Browns QB room alienating Manziel.

    There were also rumours that people in Brian camp were the ones leaking info on Johnnys issues.

    There’s not a doubt in my mind this has something to do with Mallet and Hoyer.

    I warned the Texans fans about how Brian is in the locker room, and how he throws teammates under the bus during pressers.

    Conspiracy

  21. itsfootballbaby says: Aug 27, 2015 1:17 PM

    I’d be pissed too if I got demoted after many years of success at the NFL level……. oh wait…

  22. nclrbrt says: Aug 27, 2015 1:20 PM

    The Texans better hope their defense can account for 10 points every game, because their offense will be lucky to get seven.

  23. indywilson40 says: Aug 27, 2015 1:23 PM

    Brian Hoyer is in way over his head as an NFL QB. The Texans have a good team too, but they’re in QB hell.

  24. 4greatestvikingever says: Aug 27, 2015 1:28 PM

    Maybe he’ll transfer to Middle Tennessee State for a fresh start….

  25. wvtbred says: Aug 27, 2015 1:31 PM

    Mallet for Robert and a ham sandwich. Oh but he wouldn’t be starting in DC either.

  26. startcollegetoday says: Aug 27, 2015 1:37 PM

    Foster’s gone. . . our offense can’t punch it in from the 2. . .

    Our backup QB is in a snit. . . Our starting QB reminds me of how we started last year with Fitz. . .

    Are we seeing the beginning of a team imploding?

  27. cantescapekarma says: Aug 27, 2015 1:39 PM

    All these people talking about the Bills having the worst QB situation in the league, but I’ll tell you what, I’d take the Bills current QB situation over the ones in Houston, NY (jets), Cleveland and even Washington…

  28. rubicon202 says: Aug 27, 2015 1:45 PM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Aug 27, 2015 12:22 PM

    Maybe he took a trip to Oakland and was asking Vanessa Del Rio about the starting gig. He could step in right away over Carr. Guy is a bust.
    **********************************************
    With that name not room to talk playboy take a gander at your own QB situation Cassel, EJ & Tyrod Talor? C’mon now…at least Texans named a starter.

  29. htowntexan says: Aug 27, 2015 1:47 PM

    Fitz had a 95 QBR last year. No way either of these jokers get anywhere near that this year. Not sure what BOB is thinking.

  30. bobman2 says: Aug 27, 2015 1:50 PM

    texansdude says:
    Aug 27, 2015 12:46 PM

    Does anyone remember that MASH episode when Frank Burns ran away when he didn’t get promoted after Col. Blake left?

    —————————————–

    Just us old guys. Thanks a lot–Now I have to fish through that complete MASH set to find that damn episode–early in Season 4 I will assume.

    okay, back to football now….

  31. nhpats says: Aug 27, 2015 1:52 PM

    cantescapekarma says:
    Aug 27, 2015 1:39 PM
    All these people talking about the Bills having the worst QB situation in the league, but I’ll tell you what, I’d take the Bills current QB situation over the ones in Houston, NY (jets), Cleveland and even Washington…

    ——————

    I would take Mallet over any of the QBs on the Bills or Jets.

  32. spoonbillhog says: Aug 27, 2015 1:53 PM

    Carr looks to be a possible mid to top tier QB in the near future. That quote is either lacking the sarcasm font, or lacking common sense. Also, Hoyer is a poor man’s Fitzpatrick and that’s pretty sad.

  33. Indybear says: Aug 27, 2015 1:56 PM

    playgroundlgnd says:Aug 27, 2015 1:15 PM

    Brian Hoyer is back at it again. Peter King just released the story a few weeks ago how Brian created an awful environment in the Browns QB room alienating Manziel.
    _______________________

    You mean perennial pot stirrer and NFL lap dog, Peter King? Pfffft. You’re better off reading the comics section of your local paper.

  34. gator2006 says: Aug 27, 2015 1:57 PM

    Ryan Leaf personality coming out.

  35. bigsowce604 says: Aug 27, 2015 2:02 PM

    Mallet was too busy crying.

  36. californiaqid says: Aug 27, 2015 2:05 PM

    Somebody check to see if Mallett is at a swennis tournament.

  37. apm says: Aug 27, 2015 2:06 PM

    Hitting the popcorn button on the office microwave.

  38. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 27, 2015 2:19 PM

    “I’m taking my ball and going home!!”

    – Ryan Mallett

  39. lks311 says: Aug 27, 2015 2:37 PM

    If he is, indeed, angry—then the choice has just been vindicated.

  40. putthatkoolaiddown says: Aug 27, 2015 2:53 PM

    bbfe says:
    Aug 27, 2015 1:10 PM

    grumpyoleman says:
    Aug 27, 2015 12:56 PM
    Or maybe it’s none of our business.

    ———————————————

    Actually at the level this sport is played, yes, it is our business. If it wasn’t this would be high school football. The fans are what make this league. They just forgot that with so many fans. Ryan can step out of the limelight any time he wants by filing retirement paperwork.
    —-
    The explanation is fine. It is a PERSONAL issue. That means it is nobody’s business, including the fans. Everyone has personal stuff come up once in a while that takes a day out of work to fix…even NFL players. If the guy got a bad tuna sandwich and has diarrhea, do you think he wants it splashed all over the papers?

    Get over yourself and your “right to know.” You have a right to buy your tickets. or not. O’Brien said he expects him back tomorrow, and he isn’t starting, so who cares, anyway?

  41. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Aug 27, 2015 2:57 PM

    Aug 27, 2015 2:05 PM

    Somebody check to see if Mallett is at a swennis tournament.

    # # # # # #

    Ha, good one.

  42. lightofkolob says: Aug 27, 2015 3:01 PM

    wow if this guy doesn’t come back it makes the Texans look even dumber for ignoring Michael Vick.

  43. jimmyjamm03 says: Aug 27, 2015 3:01 PM

    Someone’s throwing a tantrum…

  44. reprob8 says: Aug 27, 2015 3:02 PM

    It is truly a personal issue, then it’s something that Mallett should address himself. If he’s just upset about losing the starting job, then it’s an issue for the coach & the GM to handle with him, in private, not in the press.

  45. frankfortschooldropout says: Aug 27, 2015 3:07 PM

    We’ll assume he’s pouting.

    This is exactly the kind of behavior you get when you raise kids the way many people encourage. Add in Griffin’s antics for the Redskins, and you’ll see what I mean.

    There’s a reason these kids are referred to as the ‘special snowflake’ generation.

    Everything is connected, everything matters. If you have a weakling in the White House, it seems…’ok’ to raise weakling sons. But progressivism is good, right? Don’t pretend progressivism is new to Obama, it’s been around for 100 years, getting traction in the 60s. Just about the time for 2 generations to be raised into adulthood, hmmmmm.

  46. 8oneanddones says: Aug 27, 2015 3:08 PM

    Man, New England was lucky they never needed him as anything other than a seat warmer.

  47. fordmandalay says: Aug 27, 2015 3:33 PM

    Mallett is upset because he’s come to the realization that his NFL dream is over. Because that’s what it means when you can’t beat out Brian Hoyer.

  48. wamaha says: Aug 27, 2015 5:03 PM

    Local rumor is that he was late to practice, and OB sent him home.

  49. startcollegetoday says: Aug 27, 2015 7:51 PM

    There’s practice. . . and there’s games.

    Last Season Mallett and Hoyer when head to head.

    Mallett 20 for 30. . . .Hoyer 20 for 50

    Pre Season Mallett 15 for 18 . . . Hoyer 9 for 15

    Easy to blame Mallett. . . but the Coach that got rid of Fitz and Case who won 8 of his games last season designated the guy who won the other one as backup. . . basically saying I the coach had it all wrong last season. . . but now I have Hoyer. . .

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