Re: Mallett or Cassel
posted at 8/16/2013 10:41 AM EDT
In response to Thomas_Paine's comment:
In response to ghostofjri37's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
If you look at the scores from last years games, there were numerous opportunities for Mallett to play entire quarters. Even though the games were already decided, Mallett could have still run the first team offense. IMO opinion, and I criticized BB for this numerous times last year, this was opportunity missed for Mallett and undue risk for TB
That being said, I think the Pats missed the window of opportunity to recieve full value for Mallett. I do not think they could trade him this year, leaving themselves with TT as the back up or someone off of the street as the back up. While trading Mallett next offseason is still an option, would a team give up a first or second round draft choice for an unproven QB for only one year Under contract? Yes, the new team could extend Mallett, but at what price, and why would Mallett extend until he has a body of work under his belt to potentially max out.
To play devil’s advocate… #1 they gave up big leads in some games and needed Brady to stay in. #2 if they are up that much what opportunity is there for Mallett to operate with all the 1st team O and of course there is the criticism they receive when they are up big and get accused of running up the score.
Unless mallet is playing meaningful minutes in the regular season you won't get to see his true ability. The next 2 pre-season games will give you a better idea of what he is capable of.
#1- Any lead could be lost in minutes, but if the Patriots, as a team, cannot hold on to a big lead in a regular season game, then I doubt they will be able to do so in the playoffs against stiffer competition.
#2-I can see your point here. Usually, when playing with a lead there's no need to throw the ball. And if you do, what will the point be.
It's a pretty tough situation that the Pats are in. If BB wants anything in return for Mallett, then he needs some playing time.
Just my opinion but Mallett won't get regular season reps unless it is mop up or Brady is injured. It is just the nature of playing behind QB's like Brady, manning, Rodgers, Brees...
They need to get him his reps from now to the end of pre-season.