Disappointed Mallett: “I wanted this job more than anything”

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A day after finding out he didn’t win a training camp competition for the starting job, Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett told reporters he was “angry” and “disappointed” in coach Bill O’Brien’s decision to name Brian Hoyer the starter.

I wanted this job more than anything,” Mallett said.

Mallett was open and honest, and that was fine with O’Brien. The second-year coach told reporters Mallett had the attitude O’Brien wanted to see after the decision.

You don’t want a guy doing backsprings when he’s named the backup,” O’Brien said.

Hoyer has more NFL experience than Mallett and signed with the team in March shortly after Mallett agreed to return to the Texans, a sign the starting job was very open. O’Brien said as little as possible throughout camp about the competition and said after last Saturday’s preseason game he’d have a hard time naming a starter anytime soon.

But he did two days later, giving Hoyer this week to prepare as the starter in what’s generally the most important week of the preseason. Mallett will return to the backup role he played last year after being acquired in a late August trade; he started two games before a torn pectoral shut him down for the season.

“I don’t agree with (the decision),” Mallett said. “I’ll do what I have to do to better the team.”

61 responses to “Disappointed Mallett: “I wanted this job more than anything”

  1. No worries Ryan, u will be starting at points in the season, seeing that your coach himself has little faith in Hoyer, why should he lmao…

  2. Chances are Mallett will still be playing fairly early in the season.

    With their RB out the first 4-5 weeks and Hoyer at QB, the Texans better hope they can squeak out some wins by a 10-9 score.

  3. O’Brien is a firey coach who is used to coaching a firey QB. I think Mallett might just be too mellow for his taste. Hoyer might not be the long-term answer, but he does seem like more of a leader to me.

  4. “I wanted this job more than anything,” Mallett said.

    ….Well, you probably should have played better then.

  5. The 2-3 years Mallett was in Foxboro I waited for him to step up when he played in the pre season and practice and it never happened……Hoyer is clearly the better option at this point …….

  6. Hoyer is a good game manager so if the defense plays well he will hold the job. He never should have lost it last year. If he does this year at least its to Mallett and not Manziel.

  7. Hoyer has a better group of players around him in Texas than he did in Cleveland. Both he and Mallet have everything they need there to be successful.

  8. Hoyer is good enough to not lose, if he plays VERY conservatively. I predict a lot of 4 field goal games by the Texans offense…

  9. Don’t get down Mallet. Stay prepared cause you never know when it’s your turn to be next man up.

  10. “You don’t want a guy doing backsprings when he’s named the backup”
    O’Brien nailed it, now it’s up to Mallett to own it.

    Mallett seems to have more physical talent than Hoyer but can’t match his compete level. Anger and disappointment make for good competitive fuel. It’s up to Mallett how to make use of it. He should use the motivation to be ready when his number gets called as it surely will at some point. It sure worked for one guy he might have heard of and one he and Hoyer played with. Lou Gehrig and Tom Brady were so motivated and ready that when the star player in front of them went out the guy never stood a chance of getting his job back.

  11. You know there’s a lot of jobs in life that I wish I had to but either I wasn’t qualified or they had somebody in place that was better…as an athlete and quarterback you just got beat out by a better man suck it up cupcake

  12. The Kansas City Chiefs are going to open up their run to the Super Bowl with a very brutal beatdown of the Texans and Hoyer.

  13. Mallet has never shown the game skills to be a starting quarterback. At NE he seemed satisfied to sit back and collect a check for being a practice player. His work ethic and practice stats carried him and kept him on the roster.

  14. Ryan, your coach just did you a HUGE solid.
    Trust me, you do not want to be the starter in week 1.
    Kansas City is going to pummel Hoyer into submission.

    You will start in week 2.

  15. I get the impression Hoyer got the job because of that bomb in the first preseason game. It was a good throw but it was also a busted coverage by the opposition. If you exclude that Hoyer’s numbers in the preseason are actually kind of ugly.

  16. With these two QBs primed to produce a high first round pick in 2016, O’Brien already has next year’s starter penciled in – Christian Hackenberg.

  17. I question if Mallet has the mental make up to be a reliable NFL starter. That was one of the questions about him coming out of college.

    How can Mallet think O’Brien wanted to do a sneak on 3rd and 3 last game? That idiotic screw up cost him the job as much as anything.

    Could you imagine him doing that crap in the regular season?

    I think this will be Mallet’s last year in Htown. Tom Savage will be the team’s back up next year and they’ll probably draft someone within the first 3 rounds to compete with him and Hoyer.

  18. No worries you are a shooo in by week five unless the Rams cut Case Keenum, Then Coach McNair will be pondering tickets/clothing sales or good football team… SALES!!!!!!

  19. These are two crappy options. Texans are a quarterback away from being a legitimate contender. But that’s a huge thing to be missing.

  20. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says:
    Aug 25, 2015 12:30 PM

    The 2-3 years Mallett was in Foxboro I waited for him to step up when he played in the pre season and practice and it never happened……Hoyer is clearly the better option at this point …….
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    Step up to what? Overtaking Brady on the depth chart?

  21. When your only two choices are Mallet or Hoyer. Somebody in the personel department should be fired.
    Great denfence who will go nowhere because niether qb is any good.

  22. Neither one of has them bowled anyone over. This had to be a coin-flip. Mallett has a cannon. It”s too bad he doesn”t have the accuracy.

  23. It’s the correct decision. If Hoyer struggles, Mallett will get his chance.

    Better chance of Hoyer keeping us in games for the defense to win. Mallett more likely to make mistakes and lose games.

  24. I can’t help but think he’ll see action this season at some point…I wonder who O’Brien is targeting in the coming drafts as his future QB

  25. The Kansas City Chiefs are going to open up their run to the Super Bowl with a very brutal beatdown of the Texans and Hoyer.

    So they intend on actually throwing a td pass this season?

  26. billsrule2015 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 12:36 PM
    Why not trade EJ Manuel and a 5th rounder to get Mallet? Seems like a win win and we finally unleash our 1st round BUST.

    ——

    Why? Manuel is 2 years younger than Mallet, has far more experience despite only starting 14 games, and has performed better.

    I’ve given up hope on EJ too, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to give him and a draft pick away for another worthless QB.

  27. Hoyer is a coach’s pet. They love his heart and head for the game, but they all wish he had the arm of whoever his backup is.

    Hoyer always wins a battle, only to lose the war. Look for him to get hurt in the next preseason game.

  28. Mallet was and IS the choice. Hoyer is sacrificed to playing without a running game. By the time Arian can come back the season will be over and so to will by Hoyer.

  29. Maybe the Patriots will trade a first rounder for him, since that’s what all their fans thought he was worth during all those years he was there.

  30. John Madden always says that if you have two QBs, you really have no QBs. The Texans have two QBs.

  31. I think Hoyer will be on a short leash.

    From what I saw, Hoyer only slightly outplayed Mallett but the difference was almost insignificant.

    Neither really stood out.

    Mallett should be ready to go at any time.

  32. I’d much rather have Hoyer throwing to Hopkins than McClown throwing over the Dwayne Bowe.
    Cleveland will regret letting him go.

  33. Several of you guys already said it… They are both average and interchangeable. I will say that they are both just caretakers for PSU’s Christain Hackenberg who will be the Starter next year if O’Brien has his way. This sucks because the Colts have another cakewalk to the Playoffs.

  34. It’s like these coaches haven’t ever seen Hoyer play. At least there’s a chance Mallet could be decent over the course of a season. Hoyer is, has been, and always will be a back up that if the starter gets hurt everyone’s gut reaction is “well, we probably lost this one.”

  35. John Madden always says that if you have two QBs, you really have no QBs. The Texans have two QBs.
    ____________________________________

    Newsflash, the Texans have zero qbs. Mallett needs a reality show to fully document his crushing, life changing disappointment.

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