O’Brien says Mallett remains the No. 2 quarterback

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Oversleeping may have relegated Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett to third-string for Friday. But the move won’t be permanent, at least not yet.

Coach Bill O’Brien told reporters on Friday that Mallett remains the second-string quarterback, behind starter Brian Hoyer.

Beyond that, O’Brien didn’t have much to offer.

“[T]he situation with Ryan not being at practice [Thursday], that’s between Ryan and I,” O’Brien told reporters. “There are a lot things that I will explain to you and I realize that you have a job to do, I really do. I said that in the very first meeting with you this year. I have a lot of respect for you and your profession and what you’re trying to do with information and all those things. I get it. But some things are left within the team, and this is one of them. I’m not going to take any more questions on [Thursday] as it regards to Ryan Mallett.”

It’s no surprise that O’Brien either sent Mallett home or told him to stay home after showing up late for work; O’Brien’s former boss in New England routinely does the same thing in response to tardiness, even if the tardiness is the result of a blizzard.

Perhaps Tuesday night’s edition of Hard Knocks will have more details about Mallett’s sleep habits, or other topics aimed at keeping the audience awake.

12 responses to “O’Brien says Mallett remains the No. 2 quarterback

  1. So the Texans trade for him, and then he sits, and they go with a proven scrub (Hoyer).

  2. intrafinesse says:
    Aug 28, 2015 3:59 PM
    So the Texans trade for him, and then he sits, and they go with a proven scrub (Hoyer).

    Belichick gifted O’Brian by “trading” Mallett for a conditional 7rd round pick. It was a gift.

  3. Tom Coughlin fined two players for being late after getting in an accident on the way to the stadium.

    Over sleeping probably would’ve gotten them cut.

  4. There are a lot of QBs with strong arms that don’t make it big in the NFL. Didn’t we learn that a long time ago, class? Class? Class? Wake up!

  5. People who think Hoyer is a scrub have no clue. They just look at W/L record, his back-up status in years past, and some misleading stats– and are ignorant to, or give no thought to, the circumstances behind those numbers.

    Texans fans should not be discouraged with Hoyer starting. However, like *any* QB, he needs help. If you have a decent line in front of him and WRs that no their routes and can hold onto a damn ball, he will move you down the field.

    People like to whine about his TD to INT ratio last year. Not one of them has done the research to realize that Kyle Shanahan, the Browns OC last year, called twice as many running plays when in the red zone as the Browns opponents did against them. If you have a brain in your head, you understand that this means that more QB TD passes come in the red zone more than anywhere else and, if you’re OC has you handing off 75% of the time in the red zone, you are not going to throw TD passes.

    Derp.

  6. O’Brien told reporters. “There are a lot things that I will explain to you and I realize that you have a job to do, I really do. I said that in the very first meeting with you this year. I have a lot of respect for you and your profession and what you’re trying to do with information and all those things. I get it.

    I watched Hard Knock coach. I get it!

    “I’m just here to try to better myself…………..”

    I actually think I read that in the quote. Wow. Nice Zen-mantra-projection!

  7. td40
    Aug 28, 2015, 5:04 PM CDT
    People who think Hoyer is a scrub have no clue. They just look at W/L record, his back-up status in years past, and some misleading stats– and are ignorant to, or give no thought to, the circumstances behind those numbers.

    Texans fans should not be discouraged with Hoyer starting. However, like *any* QB, he needs help. If you have a decent line in front of him and WRs that no their routes and can hold onto a damn ball, he will move you down the field.

    People like to whine about his TD to INT ratio last year. Not one of them has done the research to realize that Kyle Shanahan, the Browns OC last year, called twice as many running plays when in the red zone as the Browns opponents did against them. If you have a brain in your head, you understand that this means that more QB TD passes come in the red zone more than anywhere else and, if you’re OC has you handing off 75% of the time in the red zone, you are not going to throw TD passes.

    Derp.

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    And that’s what you’re missing.
    People said “hey Kubiak’s offense is so ancient it belongs in the Paleolithic era. Plus he’s way to loyal to his guys, hence the meltdown with Schaub in 2013. Our team is loaded due to the genius moves of Rick Smith.”

    Well sounded all well and good, I was told by a bunch of 19 year old experts on the Texans subreddit that we were the 2012 Chiefs but better, just bring in a better coach and QB who doesn’t give the ball away like Schaub and we’re ready to win a putrid AFC South INSTANTLY. We went 9-7 playing one of the worst schedules in NFL history, can’t you see how awesome O’Brien is!!! Turns out we’re the same middle of the pack team transitioning out of an overpaid veteran core we were when Kubiak was canned. Couldn’t be the GM? Right? Right?

  8. It maybe should read “O’Brian Treats Mallet Like No.2”

    Reading between the lines. Suppositions. Mallet was probably told the QB that wins the job will start. Mallet won the job. Hoyer probably had to be told he would start before he would sign.

    Bringing Hoyer in how they did looked a little fishy. A while back O’Brian got pissy with fans when they reacted negatively when he hinted he was leaning toward Hoyer as his starter. Turning on reporters is one thing, but on the fans!

    Not good for Mallet to show up late for practice. Just got to show character and try harder. However, why show up if you are just going to be lied to. OK, there is that paycheck/contract thing. Still, the trust is blown. The trust thing probably had a lot to do with Andre Johnson leaving.

    O’Brian Treats Mallet Like crap(No.2).

    Then there’s the possibility that owner Bob McNair is calling these shots.

  9. chettaylor69 says:
    Aug 29, 2015 12:44 AM

    And that’s what you’re missing.
    People said “hey Kubiak’s offense is so ancient it belongs in the Paleolithic era. Plus he’s way to loyal to his guys, hence the meltdown with Schaub in 2013. Our team is loaded due to the genius moves of Rick Smith.”

    Well sounded all well and good, I was told by a bunch of 19 year old experts on the Texans subreddit that we were the 2012 Chiefs but better, just bring in a better coach and QB who doesn’t give the ball away like Schaub and we’re ready to win a putrid AFC South INSTANTLY. We went 9-7 playing one of the worst schedules in NFL history, can’t you see how awesome O’Brien is!!! Turns out we’re the same middle of the pack team transitioning out of an overpaid veteran core we were when Kubiak was canned. Couldn’t be the GM? Right? Right?

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    Here’s what you’re missing – they didn’t have the easiest schedule last year – ironically it was the Pats that did. They didn’t have a difficult schedule but this isn’t college football – every team can beat any other team any given Sunday. They went 9-7 using 4 QB’s and having Ryan Fitzpatrick who can’t throw it 30 yards.

    There’s a lot of dumb Texans fans who want to blame Rick Smith because they don’t have a Brady or a Manning or a Brees trotting out there every week. They just don’t get the fact that franchise QB’s don’t grow on trees and you have to make do with what you have.

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