Yahoo- "What else do you want me to do?" Mallett told reporters afterwards. "Throw the ball better, I guess.""I felt like we were putting on a clinic the first drive," he added. "Yeah, I felt like that. The rest is history."
That chapter of the history book will be written like this: Two drives later, Mallett was replaced by backup Brian Hoyer after a roughing the passer penalty shook him up, and when he attempted to reenter the game soon afterwards, Texans coach Bill O'Brien was like, "Nah, we're good." As Hoyer led Houston to a field goal and a wild Hail Mary on the ensuing two drives, cutting the Colts' lead to 13-10 just before the half, Mallett was visibly frustrated on the sidelines, ultimately leaving the field before the clock hit zero.
"I thought the half was over," Mallett later explained to the Houston Chronicle. "That's all it was."
For what it's worth, O'Brien was kind of confused, too. "I think there was like one second left on the clock," the coach added. "So, I know that I thought the half was over, to be honest with you. Then, they grabbed me back and we decided to go to the end zone there. No, I don’t know anything about that."
You know why Ryan Mallet is going to get fired? No, it's not because he sucks at his job. He's going to get fired for having the WORST excuses ever when he either doesn't show up to his job or when he fails to fulfill the requirements of his job. I was willing to give Ryan Mallet a pass during 'Hard Knocks' when he missed practice the day after Brian Hoyer was named the starter. Yeah, the "my phone died overnight and that's my alarm" was a little weak, and the timing was bad, at least it was relatively believable. However, saying he thought the half was over when the rest of his team was still on the field waiting for the results of a hail mary pass? Yeaaah, kind of calls into question every excuse he's ever made. Especially since every time he finds himself making excuses it's right after he's been relegated to the bench. I think we can safely assume that alarm situation was a lie now. Probably just assume everything he says from here on out is a lie. Fuck the boy that cried wolf, he's the quarterback that cried negligence.
Hey Ryan, stop being the asshole that only calls out on Mondays. Stop being the guy that develops a cough the day before or the day after every holiday weekend. How many doctor visits and dentist appointments are you going to have Ryan? How are you the only guy getting stuck in bumper to bumper traffic? This is like the 7th time this year you havent changed your clock for daylight savings. Jesus Christ, you're either the worst employee of all time, or the unluckiest employee of all time. It would be so much more respectable if you just came out and said "I left the field early because I was pissed off that I wasn't playing. I am a competitor and I want to be out there". I can get down with that. Not the most professional way of handling the situation, but certainly understandable. I can't, however, get down with "I didn't realize there was still time on the clock when I walked past 100 different people that were staring at the field to get to the locker room". As if your mediocre, at best, play wasn't enough to get you sat, now you are going to lie to everyone after it does? If Bill O'Brien had a shred of respect for himself he wouldn't let Ryan Mallett take another snap for the Houston Texans. It's not so much the fact that he's a selfish player at a position that requires selflessness. It's that he doesn't even have the decency to hide it.