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Bobby Petrino vouches for Ryan Mallett

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Ryan Mallett sure can pick ’em.

First, he gets advice from golfer John Daly, whose wisdom would be helpful only if it consisted of telling Mallett to study Daly’s life — and to do the opposite.

Second, Mallett gets some public praise from his former head coach, Bobby Petrino, who abruptly bolted from the Falcons near the tail end of one of the most difficult seasons that any NFL franchise ever has endured.

Petrino has gone on the record with Elizabeth Merrill of to claim that Mallett never tested positive for any banned substances while at Arkansas.

That very likely is a true statement.  But we’d never take Petrino at his word on this one, or on anything important.  For starters, college football coaches generally are full of something that’s brown, but not chocolate.  Then there’s Petrino’s in-season betrayal of the Falcons.

And then there’s the fact that Petrino never, ever could admit that Mallett tested positive, even if Mallett did, due to strict privacy laws that apply to college students.

Petrino also attributes the perception of Mallett — Jamie Dukes of NFL Network recently called Mallett a “Caucasian street guy” — as a product of today’s age of texting and technology, and that all kids now talk in slang.  But if that were true, then all kids would sound like, as Merrill describes it, a cross between Eminem and Billy Bob Thornton.

In the end, nothing Petrino or Dukes or anyone else publicly says matters.  What matters is what the teams interested in Mallett have learned by talking privately to people who know him.  Not just Petrino and his staff, but teammates and friends and classmates and training staff and janitors and secretaries and teachers and anyone else with whom Mallett came into contact.  With so much money and so many careers riding on the proper exercise of a high draft pick, prudent teams do their homework.

When it comes to Mallett and every other quarterback at the top of this year’s draft class, only the most imprudent teams would pick him without spending a lot of time finding out everything there is to know about a guy who will be relied upon to play the most important position in the sport of pro football.

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34 Responses to “Bobby Petrino vouches for Ryan Mallett”
  1. txchief says: Apr 16, 2011 8:53 PM

    Well, I am reassured to see that Ryan has surrounded himself with a staff of such notable and trusted advisors. He just might knock Cam Newton out of that top draft spot.

  2. cd_ridge says: Apr 16, 2011 8:56 PM

    Bobby “I’m outta here” Petrino vouching for anyone is not a good thing.

  3. txchief says: Apr 16, 2011 9:00 PM

    I also understand he has secured the services of JaMarcus Russell and Maurice Clarett to be his “life coaches.”

  4. thetechnocrat says: Apr 16, 2011 9:02 PM

    yet again pft gives us a headline, retells something never even sourced from one or two other of their earlier stories, and adds a few lines of nothing.

    pft seems like a sounding board of unsubstantiated stories with added drivel now. how about yet another lockout story too? try giving us some positive stories like about some up and comers on teams? anything, just no more reporting what an idiot like dukes thinks about anything.

    i’m sure this won’t be posted like when i called mds on being a snyder/skins basher among other posts.

  5. rawsmoove says: Apr 16, 2011 9:07 PM

    Couldnt have said that any better, this is why PFT is on top

  6. hosmachine says: Apr 16, 2011 9:10 PM

    Wow with that he shot right up Mel Kipers big board wooooo!!! Now all he needs is for Linsay Lohan to say “Ryan is alot like me, he doesn’t like the party scene he just loves to be at home reading”. Yeah that should take care of any teams worries.

  7. horsecore says: Apr 16, 2011 9:13 PM

    College coaches are filled with caramel?


  8. duanethomas says: Apr 16, 2011 9:20 PM

    That does it for me, I’m sold. Petrino should know what it takes to be successful in The NFL. Draft him # 1 with the people he has vouching for him……….

  9. airraid77 says: Apr 16, 2011 9:24 PM

    does urban myer get ripped for jumping from utah?
    In the end the only people who knew what happened in atlanta is petrino, and the atlanta falcons………sound familiar?

  10. danderoo says: Apr 16, 2011 9:37 PM

    Yeah, like anybody would ever believe anything that Petrino says. How can you tell he is lying through his teeth? Ah, you know the punch line. Mallett doesn’t need Petrino vouching for him, it only hurts his credibility.

  11. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 16, 2011 9:46 PM

    If this plan doesn’t work, and his NFL career doesn’t happen maybe Mallett can ask Charles Manson to write him a letter of recommendation for the police academy.

  12. brownsfn says: Apr 16, 2011 10:02 PM

    Ya this is the guy id want sticking up for me…hahahahaha

  13. Cowboys-Forum says: Apr 16, 2011 10:46 PM

    Petrino is the last person that should be vouching for anyone………………….PERIOD!!!!

  14. nfl25 says: Apr 16, 2011 11:03 PM

    can i ask what did mallet do that everyone questions his character? is just cuz of the way he talks? i have a feeling this kid is gonna be pretty good. i think he is the 3rd qb off the board. who cares that he is not athletic. its nice to have an athletic qb, but is is not a must.

  15. rockymtnphinfan says: Apr 16, 2011 11:08 PM

    Mallett will be a Dolphin, and will have great success.

  16. Deb says: Apr 16, 2011 11:10 PM

    Petrino’s character issues aside, he has a point. The drug talk on Mallett surfaced just before the Combine … and not because of positive testing.

    Big kid, big arm, enough smarts to get into Michigan–and to leave before RichRod introduced the “take one read and run” offense. Lacks mobility in the pocket and needs to work on closing games and downfield accuracy. But at least this guy can get the ball downfield. They’re all a gamble. That long ball makes Mallett worth it.

  17. dbellina says: Apr 16, 2011 11:20 PM

    Yo dat sht iz wack. Mallet be talkin good fo da footballerz. I ain’t even gonna get inta it bc I be ritin u dis on ma cell rite now!

  18. MichaelEdits says: Apr 16, 2011 11:44 PM

    Bobby Petrino’s credibility in the NFL is unquestioned

  19. Deb says: Apr 17, 2011 12:22 AM

    @txchief …

    Mallett played for Arkansas and Petrino is the head coach there. So his coach shouldn’t comment on his abilities because you guys don’t like the way Petrino left the Falcons? And because the brain trust of commenters here doesn’t like the way Petrino left the Falcons that says something about Mallett’s NFL prospects?


  20. tryagainplease says: Apr 17, 2011 1:01 AM

    NBC sure can pick ’em.

    nfl25 – yes just cuz the way he talks, it evidently makes you a horrible person.

  21. wryly1 says: Apr 17, 2011 4:55 AM

    Petrino has soooo much credibility in the NFL, doesn’t he?

  22. garysson says: Apr 17, 2011 6:45 AM

    Ryan Mallet has Tom Brady Arms… skinny as heck… I think Mallett will be very good, and hope the raiders get him in the second… but that wont happen because someone will get him in the first. and have a heck of a QB. By the way, im a Notre Dame fan. Mallet throws a crazy good ball. Anyone watch his bowl game?

  23. bino82 says: Apr 17, 2011 7:57 AM

    People are nitpicking with Mallett. Something tells me he is gonna be a good QB with all this bad press getting out on the kid. As far as Petrion, it has nothing to do with him and the NFL. This is about recruiting. He has to stick up for him in order to get recruits to wanna play for him. I don’t see what Petrino did in the NFL has anything to do with this. He has never left a job in mid season at College to go to the pros. I think he got sick of the way the players act in the NFL and realized he made the wrong decision. Look at the lockout. I don’t blame him.

  24. wopper63 says: Apr 17, 2011 7:59 AM

    I honestly thought this was a joke….why would anyone WANT Petrino’s input on whether or not someone is NFL-ready….and even if he gave it without being asked, who would care? “his word is stronger than oak”….just ask Cush’s dad in Jerry Maguire, and Arthur Blank

  25. tv426 says: Apr 17, 2011 9:01 AM

    Poor kid – with BP as your coach you are guilty by association.

  26. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 17, 2011 9:17 AM

    Did Eric Ainge ever test positive at Tenessee? He said he was hi(not pot, but heroin) every day and practice. How often was Mallet tested and how much notice did he have.

    As far as how Mallet speaks, I saw him interviewed in the Razorbacks spring game. He said “more better”. Any kid that goes to ANY college shouldn’t say more better. Please…..

  27. burntorangehorn says: Apr 17, 2011 9:55 AM

    Deb wins the thread, IMO.

    And while she may take exception to the following comment, I’ll still say it: Petrino’s words may be lacking in credibility to some degree, but so is Saban, yet people will still listen to each of these guys. It’s because they’re respected coaches.

  28. airraid77 says: Apr 17, 2011 11:08 AM

    whether you like it or not, The NFL eats up saban players…Cause he is a great coach, NOT GOOD, BUT GREAT COACH!
    Same goes for Petrino. As a coach, Petrino is held in HIGH REGARDS in coaching circles.
    Same for a Gruden, shannahan or a billicheck…
    LIKE all mortals, they make bad decisions, bad choices, the difference those decisions end up on pft and such.

  29. Deb says: Apr 17, 2011 11:30 AM

    @burntorangehorn …

    Thank you. It’s always nice to meet a man among boys 😉

  30. schmitty2 says: Apr 17, 2011 12:18 PM

    Since he has done drugs I wonder if that’s why he is considered to be the most “Pro-ready” QB

  31. tryagainplease says: Apr 17, 2011 12:41 PM

    well deb i commented about your most excellent posts too but guess what the boogie man musta come and snatched it in the middle of the night.

    being that petrino was ryan’s coach how would the goons here or elsewhere take it if he didn’t comment on ryan? would that mean there is character concerns? of course it would b/c it’s a lose lose when dealing with the gossip mongers (aka sports journalists).

    dj williams- ar tight end who’s going to be drafted and be a well loved and valued player himself- had some nice comments and observations about ryan as well. go ahead and try to find something to doubt his credibility, in other words chase you tail.

  32. wtfchiefs says: Apr 17, 2011 12:59 PM

    Wow, Petrino vouching for someone is like a politician telling me someone is an honest man

  33. realfootballfan says: Apr 17, 2011 1:40 PM


    I’m with you. I don’t know if the work ethic concerns and leadership questions are perception or reality (as in Jamarcus Russell’s case), but if those questions are only rooted in perception because of how he talks, I think he’ll do better than people think. I’m definitely rooting for him because he seems like a laid back kid with a good attitude.

  34. Deb says: Apr 17, 2011 4:00 PM

    @tryagainplease …

    Thanks for trying … again 😉

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