Texans won't miss QB Ryan Mallett
On Tuesday, the Texans parted ways with quarterback Ryan Mallett.
It’s been a rough season for the Houston franchise, with Mallett’s issues documented on “Hard Knocks” for the world to see. This is simply a transaction cutting dead weight, and is not necessarily a reason for Texans’ fans to be overly optimistic.
Ryan Mallett has a disappointing 51.2 overall grade this season, with a 50.9 passing grade, both 42nd among 50 qualifying quarterbacks. Among QBs who have taken at least 25 percent of their team’s offensive snaps, he was dead last in completion rate (52.7 percent) and yards per attempt (5.3).
Brian Hoyer isn’t lighting the world on fire, either—his 68.3 overall rating is barely above league average, and his 69.8 QB accuracy percentage is near the bottom (Mallett had a 65.7 accuracy percentage, above only Andrew Luck).
Hoyer can be decent at times, currently ranked 22nd among quarterbacks, but it’s unlikely he’ll salvage the season for the Texans. Early indications have T.J. Yates signing as the new backup, but at this point, it really doesn’t matter. The franchise put itself in a rough situation by signing an unreliable QB with off-field issues to back up an at-best average NFL starter, something that will have ramifications far beyond 2016.