Re: Ryan Mallet
posted at 7/2/2013 12:12 PM EDT
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Sure, based on his measurables and his college career. Same type of value any QB coming out of college would have. Be honest, would you rather be going into this season with Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez atop your depth chart, or Mallett?
That's how he has value.
I'd take Sanchez or Smith over a guy who has zero experience.
Have you seen Sanchez play? I'd rather have the local high school QB be my starting QB over Sanchez. He is simply awful.
Also, it doesn't make much sense to say you would take Smith over a guy with "zero experience." Doesn't Smith have "zero experience"? Mallett has learned under Tom Brady and BB for the past 3 years. He has a cannon of an arm and is 6'6. He has all the intangibles to be a good quarterback. The knock on him coming out of college was that he was immature and wasn't ready to grasp and NFL offense. Learning under TB and BB will help you overcome those obstacles. When he becomes a FA, we will see what kind of demand he gets. IMO, he will become a solid starter for an NFL franchise.
Geno is a gimmick QB that won't do anything in the NFL. This was the worst quarterback draft in God knows when and EJ Manuel went in front of him. That should tell you a lot about the prospects of Geno.
Not sure why people think backing up Brady or learning under BB gives a QB so much value. Cassel is the only former back up of Brady's to do anything (and he lost his starting job and got cut four years into a six-year deal). It is not like Kevin O'Connell, Matt Gutierrez, or Brian Hoyer took the NFL by storm after leaving the Patriots.
Where does the idea that Mallett is being groomed to replace Brady when he retires come from. Has Brady or BB ever said anything at all to that effect? If that is true and Brady plays out his contract, Mallett will 30 when he takes over the team in 2018.
Frank, I have a simply analogy. Say, you’re a rising senior in college majoring in Finance and you just interned at Goldman Sachs, the largest/most successful investment bank in the world. You have a great experience with the company and become an expert at the most challenging financial tasks because you learned under the smartest/most successful bankers in the field. Are you going to tell me you won’t appeal to other companies when you apply for jobs after you graduate more so than some Average Joe who interned at a local commercial bank when the two of you apply? It’s the same concept.
Tom Brady is Goldman Sachs. He has tutored/mentored Mallett for the past 3 years. I would think learning from one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game adds intangible value to your resume. Plus, the fact that his immaturity was the biggest knock on him coming out of college makes Tom Brady’s impact on him that much greater. Tom Brady is the ideal professional to learn from because of the way he approaches the game. Mallet is 6’6, rocket arm, awesome college stats in the toughest division in the NCAA, and has learned from the greatest. That adds to a nice resume.
As for Cassell, Gutierrez, O’Connell, and Hoyer: none of those QBs have the skillset and physical tools that Mallett has. That’s a lame comparison. Cassell hadn’t started a game since high school. Hoyer was a nobody at MSU. O’Connell wasn’t that great at SDSU. And Gutierrez...who?
Lastly, I don’t think anybody is specifically saying that Mallett is the heir to the throne when Brady retires but rather if Brady were to retire within the next 2 years, Mallett would step in and become the starter. Why is that such a foreign concept? It’s what Rodgers did in GB learning from one of the greats in Brett Favre. I personally don’t think Mallett will replace Brady because I believe Brady has another 4-6 seasons of elite play before he retires. It’s not fair to Mallett to have him stick around to be the backup and obviously he won’t do that. But say for instance Brady gets hurt, BB trades him, or Brady changes his mind and has plans to retire within the next 2 years, then yes, I see Mallett replacing Brady here in NE.
Edit: I apologize for the skewed fonts. This site makes a simple cut and paste from Word a nightmare.