There isn't a player in the National Football League wasting their talent more than Ryan Mallett of the Houston Texans.
The quarterback is in the bad books of Texans head coach Bill O'Brien after missing the team's flight to Florida before they took on the Miami Dolphins, in a game they would eventually lose 44-26.
And things are getting much worse than just being benched for Mallett, who was apparently very close to being fired by the Texans.
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Close to Being Cut
According to a report from Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, a frustrated O'Brien had seemingly decided that he'd had enough of Mallett and his excuses and wanted to cut the quarterback they gave up a sixth-round pick to the New England Patriots for.
However, Mallett will remain in Houston for the near future after Texans general manager Rick Smith decided to veto O'Brien's decision.
The news comes as a surprise because of the history that O'Brien and Mallett have together. O'Brien coached the quarterback in New England and was a big part of the reason that the Texans decided to trade for the former Arkansas player.
Saved by Smith
Smith reportedly pushed to keep Mallett because the GM believed the team needed a capable backup for Brian Hoyer against the Dolphins.
Still, it seems like the head coach and the GM aren't seeing eye-to-eye in Houston right now. And that can only be a bad thing for O'Brien as the team struggles badly in the AFC South and his job looks to be on the line between now and the end of the season.