posted at 8/18/2013 7:54 AM EDT
In response to wozzy's comment:
In response to BostonSportsFan111's comment:
Mallet was drafted the year of the lockout, so he had no spring/summer work and no look at the playbook until camp his rookie year. With the complexity of the Pats offense, missing that time and learning made his first year a redshirt. Last year was more like a full rookie year for him (and Vareen), both have made strides this year.
Great point, Mallett started at a disadvantage as a rookie.
Prolate also had a good point, Mallet sometimes muscles easy throws (thus my Bledsoe comparison) but i think he can learn something from Brady; touch.
I love how nobody has Tebow on their new projected depth charts all of a sudden, are we finally seeing the light...?
I hope Mallet makes quicker decisions than Bledsoe. Bledsoe's biggest problem, in my opinion, was his tendency to take a bit too much time watching the play develop. The other thing I noticed watching Bledsoe for years was that he didn't seem able to monitor the pass rush and keep focused on what was happening downfield at the same time. When Brady stepped in for Bledsoe during the Mo Lewis game, you could see the difference immediately. The passes started coming out a second or so quicker. And Brady has that remarkable ability to adjust to the pass rush by sliding around in the pocket without ever taking his eye off what's happening downfield. Bledsoe had a tendency to look at the rushers and lose contact with his receivers. You'd see this a lot. The rush would be coming, Bledsoe would either not notice it if he was focusing downfield and get hit or he would look at the rushers and have no idea where his receivers were so the play would just fall apart. Bledsoe required great protection to be good and in today's NFL, with such ferocious pass rushers that's hard to get.
So far, I think Mallet seems to do a good job getting the ball out quickly enough and adjusting to the rush without losing contact with his receivers. That to me is key . . . even with Aaron Rodgers, I think speed of decision making is what transformed him from a back-up to a great QB. My wife's family is from Green Bay, so I saw a lot of Packers games. Rodgers initially was slow in his decision making and got sacked a lot because of it. As he got comfortable with the offense, there was a notable change in the speed and accuracy of his decision making and all his athletic skills had the chance to blossom. A lot of what makes a good QB is mental . . . and that's what will be key to making Mallet a good QB. Does he make good decisions quickly? His arm is fine, once he learns to control the cannon a bit better, so I'm not too concerned with the physical part of his game. It's just the mental part we need to see develop.