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Ryan Mallett on missing flight: I was stuck in traffic

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The Texans had a miserable day on Sunday as they lost to the Dolphins 44-26 after falling behind 41-0 and saw running back Arian Foster suffer an Achilles injury that looks like it might cost him the rest of the season.

Adding to the fun for Texans coach Bill O’Brien is getting to deal with backup quarterback Ryan Mallett’s absence from the team’s flight to Miami. Mallett made it to Florida on his own and was in uniform on Sunday, but it’s something the coach will have to address with a player who already skipped a training camp practice because he overslept.

Mallett said after the game, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, that he “got caught in traffic” by way of explaining why he didn’t show up for the flight. We can’t testify to traffic conditions in Houston before the team’s flight, but it would seem likely that other players would have been in a similar boat heading to the same airport if there really were a traffic jam of sufficient size to allow an adult to use it as an excuse for being late to a paying job.

O’Brien said that any discipline would be handled internally and is “not for public consumption.” It will, of course, be subject to public consumption if O’Brien decides that he’d rather give Mallett’s roster spot to someone who can be bothered to show up to work.

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59 Responses to “Ryan Mallett on missing flight: I was stuck in traffic”
  1. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 25, 2015 5:36 PM

    Sure you were. Just like you were late to practice too.

    This franchise is a mess. Thought O’ Brien was turning it around. Who would have thought Fitzpatrick would be better than Hoyer/Mallett combined.

    And JJ Watt is the most over rated player in the league. He isn’t Lawrence Taylor or Reggie White.

  2. pastabelly says: Oct 25, 2015 5:36 PM

    In other words, “I have no good excuse”. He needs to own this one.

  3. dingusgenius says: Oct 25, 2015 5:37 PM

    It couldn’t be more obvious that this guy has completely checked out and is simply stacking his cash before hanging it up in the very near future.

  4. immafubared says: Oct 25, 2015 5:38 PM

    Mallet quit on Michigan so he has an established routine that is centered around him and his personal interest and goals, not the team or other players. Cut or trade him would be mandatory at this point. Team ain’t backing this guy that bridge is burned now

  5. jcutlerstoothygrin says: Oct 25, 2015 5:40 PM


  6. tomtravis76 says: Oct 25, 2015 5:41 PM

    Sounds like he is trying to Blount his way back to the Patriots.

  7. cobrala2 says: Oct 25, 2015 5:41 PM

    “I sound like a 12 year old.”, said Ryan Mallett later.

  8. cgooch11 says: Oct 25, 2015 5:42 PM

    The dog ate the playbook too apparently.

  9. officialgame says: Oct 25, 2015 5:42 PM

    Translation, “my dealer was stuck in traffic and he made me late”.

  10. stipez says: Oct 25, 2015 5:42 PM

    My dog ate my helmet.

  11. Cavs2016NBAWorldChampions says: Oct 25, 2015 5:43 PM

    Hey O’Brien, you arent playing Akron anymore? What a delta bravo O’Brien is. He couldnt coach his way out of a paper bag.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 25, 2015 5:44 PM


    “Oversleeps” the practice after Hoyer is named starter before the season.

    “Caught in traffic” heading for an away game Hoyer has been renamed the starter after Mallet blew his chance when he got it.

    Anyone else see a pattern here ?

    If he makes it through the year without being cut I doubt he’ll be a Texan for very long after the last game of the regular season. O’Brien won’t put up with this crap.

  13. cobrala2 says: Oct 25, 2015 5:45 PM

    After the season, how Bill O’Brien is handled will be for public consumption.

    Dude was an OC for just one year with the Pats before going to the Big 10 has-been Penn State. It’s not as if he was ever a hot commodity. If the Houston GM/Team President thought he was the answer they’re going to find a replacement before they get replaced.

  14. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 25, 2015 5:45 PM

    Dude, I can’t use that excuse and I’m the boss.
    You really are a redneck moron, aren’t you?
    I feel bad. Most of my relatives are in Arkansas.
    Poor dumb bastard. Bless his heart

  15. realfootballfan says: Oct 25, 2015 5:46 PM

    Oh, that’s what they’re calling coke benders these days. Traffic. He should be careful with that. There was a popular drug movie by that name about 15 years ago, lol.

  16. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Oct 25, 2015 5:48 PM

    Skills , size, arm strength but none of the mettle required to be a leader of men.

  17. Ugadogs21 says: Oct 25, 2015 5:51 PM


    Time to check the wire to see if any adults are available to play QB.

  18. MurdochMysteries says: Oct 25, 2015 5:53 PM

    It’s almost like he knows that the Texans are in so much trouble at QB, he could send dick pics to every Texans cheerleader and still take the field if they’re ever close to getting blown out again.

    Bill O’brien isn’t going to lose whatever little job prospects he has left just to send him a message.

  19. blacknole08 says: Oct 25, 2015 5:54 PM

    This guy is stuck on stupid. Cut him and move on.

  20. kelsey59 says: Oct 25, 2015 5:54 PM

    “excuse for being late to a paying job.”

    Ummm, he missed the flight. It didn’t miss the game. Furthermore, it ended up costing him money since he would have had to pay for his own flight instead of the chartered flight for the team.

  21. jackybadass says: Oct 25, 2015 5:56 PM

    If he was any good he’d still be in New England

  22. j972 says: Oct 25, 2015 5:56 PM

    I think O’Brien needs to go.

  23. doggeatdogg says: Oct 25, 2015 5:58 PM

    The dog ate his plane ticket. Saying so would have been too incredulous so bad traffic sounds so much better. BTW, I have a dog that loves to eat paper more than bacon treats. I have to hide bills, etc. or else. Not paying my bill would never fly with the power company.

  24. darkneptune73 says: Oct 25, 2015 5:59 PM

    Josh Freeman v. 2.0

  25. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 25, 2015 5:59 PM

    LOL! This is just too funny. This guy is full of excuses.
    The dog ate his playbook.
    His cell phone didn’t wake him up.
    His mom didn’t fix his breakfast.
    His gps recalculated route.
    What a leader among men.

  26. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 25, 2015 6:02 PM

    This is okay. He’ll soon be missing pay checks.

  27. chipper41 says: Oct 25, 2015 6:06 PM

    anyone who watched hard knocks knows bill o brien is in over his head

  28. raidersin2019 says: Oct 25, 2015 6:09 PM

    Who really CARES if a backup on a crap team took a private flight

    The righteous indignation Is strong.

  29. jimeejonson says: Oct 25, 2015 6:13 PM

    Gotta leave at least 2 hours early if they’re payin’ you the BIG $.

  30. trapshoot says: Oct 25, 2015 6:14 PM

    Lots of disciple on the team!?

  31. gallopinggilmore says: Oct 25, 2015 6:16 PM

    Maybe he should go back to college and try to actually earn a degree this time.

  32. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Oct 25, 2015 6:17 PM

    “That Mallett boy needs to grow up.”

    -Johnny Football

  33. bryangy says: Oct 25, 2015 6:23 PM

    Maybe he had just a premonition they’d get obliterated in the 1st Half. In that case lousy QB, Hall of Fame psychic. He gone!

  34. stonedwhitetrash says: Oct 25, 2015 6:23 PM

    If Mallett had a brain he would be a great QB.

  35. jag1959 says: Oct 25, 2015 6:28 PM

    “We can’t testify to traffic conditions in Houston before the team’s flight, but it would seem likely that other players would have been in a similar boat heading to the same airport if there really were a traffic jam of sufficient size to allow an adult to use it as an excuse for being late to a paying job.”

    The operative word being ADULT. He may or may not have $50M talent (yeah, we all doubt it) but even if he does no one will ever know thanks to that 50¢ head

  36. icancountcanyou says: Oct 25, 2015 6:31 PM

    Ryan Mallet appears to still be a coke head, same as the college rumors claimed. He better jump on the sword soon and beg for help if he wants to keep collecting NFL money. Why the Texans didn’t cut his ass after his whining on national TV still confuses me, but at this point they should cut bait and at least show their fans that they care as an organization they look like a national joke.

  37. TylerHills says: Oct 25, 2015 6:32 PM

    I never understood the logic behind moving Fitzpatrick and getting Hoyer thinking you would be better off. Not that Fitzpatrick is the answer, but he’s a gamer and better than anything Hoyer has ever been.

  38. Duckhomie says: Oct 25, 2015 6:36 PM

    The real Ryan Mallett has arrived.

  39. kevpft says: Oct 25, 2015 6:36 PM

    He didn’t miss work, or even show up late for it. He just missed the carpool, so to speak.

    Make of it what you will, but let’s be accurate.

  40. whenwilliteverend says: Oct 25, 2015 6:45 PM

    So his jersey number is the same as his IQ.

  41. wallabear says: Oct 25, 2015 6:49 PM

    If you say so, cocaine-cowboy.

  42. huggybear2014 says: Oct 25, 2015 6:57 PM

    The guy fell in the draft. Anyone remember why? The rest is noise.

  43. djaehne says: Oct 25, 2015 6:58 PM

    Mallet will not be on the roster as of Tuesday.

  44. phaktor333 says: Oct 25, 2015 6:59 PM

    Cut the bum….its clear that he’s not invested unless he is the unquestioned starter. Look at his body of work in New England for example. He got a bulk of preseason game reps for several seasons and did not show any signs of progressing in a system that even perennial journeymen like Matt Cassell and Brian Hoyer looked at least competent in.

    Any QB of any team NEVER oversleeps or misses team flights; in fact that guy should be first in the facility and the first guy on the plane. The only time he looked good was in Arkansas of all places, where there were no threats to his position; even then, he had behavioral issues that led him to slide to the best of all places in the draft and he still didn’t take advantage. He’s had his chances; time to go to the CFL…the place for strong arms and weak minds.

  45. oilerthentexandiehard says: Oct 25, 2015 6:59 PM

    Go Mallett!!

    Really, go

  46. dualprime says: Oct 25, 2015 7:09 PM

    Mallett misses a flight and JJ Watt gets trashed? Wow, we sure have some brainiacs posting here.

  47. realfootballfan says: Oct 25, 2015 7:15 PM

    TylerHills ,

    Don’t you know, that’s what former Belichick lackeys do. Hoyer and Mallet were Brady’s backups, so of course O’Brien said they knew his “system.” Fools still haven’t figured out that the Hall of Famer who fell in to the 6th round made that work, not any system. At least Pioli can say Matt Cassell had a good year for him to get fleeced on. Hoyer got cut by the Browns and the Whisenhunt Cardinals, so you knew he couldn’t play, and Mallet is Mallet.

  48. evansvc says: Oct 25, 2015 7:20 PM

    Bring in Vince Young… No matter what you say about him, he’s a winner…

  49. rainsarge says: Oct 25, 2015 7:32 PM

    In Malletts defense Josh Freeman who was his ride overslept
    But all joking aside they had Case Keenum who worked hard played hard sent him packing

  50. chipdavis93 says: Oct 25, 2015 11:21 PM

    “Bring in Vince Young… No matter what you say about him, he’s a winner…”

    NO!! He is most definitely a loser!

  51. cdace13 says: Oct 26, 2015 12:32 AM

    Mallet is an idiot.

    But why are the players driving themselves to the airport? Wouldn’t they meet at the stadium and take a bus?

  52. 32brown says: Oct 26, 2015 1:21 AM

    The secret to being on time is to leave early.

  53. artworkworld says: Oct 26, 2015 2:25 AM

    Obviously he should have left earlier, but having driven in Houston, I know that he might be telling the truth. It isn’t as bad as Los Angeles or San Francisco, or Seattle, but it still sucks to drive there.

  54. edbermac says: Oct 26, 2015 2:50 AM

    Sure Ryan. And Tom Brady let the air out of your tires, right?

  55. criticaldsj says: Oct 26, 2015 4:18 AM

    So it was cocaine?

    Looks like a tweaker to me. Either way, he’s more trouble than he’s worth, so just cut him and be done with it.

  56. mball13 says: Oct 26, 2015 8:06 AM

    This guy has shown time and time again he just doesn’t get it. He lost the starting job and he’s acting like a baby about it

  57. fanofpft says: Oct 26, 2015 7:37 PM

    He wanted to fly on Hooters Airlines. Jokes on him it was disbanded long ago.

  58. chairman291 says: Oct 27, 2015 3:24 AM

    Who really cares if he missed the team flight. Uh,maybe his team mates ? Ask them about righteous indignation. And being part of a TEAM.

  59. toybkshr says: Oct 27, 2015 10:08 AM

    I’ll bet the dog ate his playbook too!

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