The Houston Texans raised a few eyebrows on Monday when they waived three rookies for violating team rules at a Kansas City hotel this past weekend. Sam Montgomery, Cierre Wood and Willie Jefferson all got the ax, but for a seemingly-questionable reason.
According to early reports, the three rookies were sent packing for smoking a cigar in their hotel room – not exactly a waive-worthy offense by most people’s standards.
Sam Montgomery says he walked into a hotel room where Jefferson & Wood were smoking a cigar. Went to team meetings and was called by Kubiak
— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) October 21, 2013
The players were called downstairs and accused of using illegal substances, although the room was never searched and no substances were found. Montgomery even stated that no drugs were present in the room. The three rookies were subsequently inactive for the Texans’ Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sounds like a classic case of jumping to conclusions, huh?
All three players have had some sort of off-field issue in the past. Jefferson was dismissed from Baylor for failed drug tests, Montgomery is a bad decision maker (just check out his pre-draft bet with Barkevious Mingo) and Wood was suspended for two games during his final year at Notre Dame after breaking team rules. Making assumptions based on past infractions seems a bit ridiculous, though.
The bigger picture here is that the Texans appear ready to clean house and are preparing for a rebuild this upcoming offseason. Honestly, what team decides to sever ties with a third-round pick less than six months after drafting him? Apparently the Texans do.
Currently sitting at 2-5 in what has turned out to be a disaster of a season, the Texans could be ready to take a wrecking ball to their roster. They’ve lost several of their top players to injury this season, and are looking into what they have in terms of long-term potential – Case Keenum did get the start in Week 7 after all.
For some strange reason, the Texans waived three promising young players for smoking cigars. There’s clearly something we don’t know about the situation, but it seems like a brash decision regardless. Especially with their top two running backs injured and Brian Cushing out for the year, you would think depth at both of those positions would be helpful right now. Instead, Wood and Jefferson are headed for the waiver wire.
Their grave is already deep enough, but instead of clawing their way out, the Texans decided to grab a shovel.
In the end, it seems like the Texans are just trimming the fat and preparing for next season.
Either that or Gary Kubiak thinks smokers are jokers.