Ryan Mallett has been under a lot of pressure from NFL critics and pundits questioning his abilities as a signal caller. It appears all the attention is stressing his grandmothers out as well.

Ryan’s father, Jim Mallett, told TMZ that he spent the night at Ryan’s home after the Texans lost to the Colts Thursday night to console his son.

Jim also said that the criticism of Ryan is causing the Texans quarterback's grandmothers to cry as well.

“He’s pissed off. He’s a competitor. He wants to be in there,” Jim tells us … “He was 8 for 10 when he came out. He wants to play.”

Ryan’s also been under attack for leaving the sidelines and heading towards the locker room before the 1st half was over … but Jim says Ryan insists it was a simple mistake because he thought the clock ran out, he wasn’t throwing a hissy fit.

“He said to me, ‘I didn’t do anything on purpose.’ And I can tell you that’s true. That’s not Ryan.”
“For people to portray him as a bad person or teammate, they don’t understand. If they were to meet our family, they’d know he was a good person. A compassion kid. Competitor. Someone who wants to do what’s right for the team.”

Jim says Ryan isn’t the only one impacted by the criticism — “You don’t know how bad it hurts the family. Ryan’s grandmas … it effects them big time. They read it all. It hurts them. I’ve seen them in tears.”

It’s a shame, but it comes with the territory.

By Glenn Erby

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