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Paul Petrino says Mallett is in “great shape”

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[Editor's note:  An earlier version of this item incorrectly attributed the quotes about Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett to former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino.  Actually, the comments are from Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino.  And so:  (1) we apologize for the error; (2) the article has been revised accordingly; (3) there's two of them?; and (4) since it wasn't Bobby, the comments arguably are more inherently credible.]

One of the most talked-about 2011 draft prospects has become one of the most-forgotten quarterbacks in the league.  But maybe he shouldn’t be.

Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett has received a glowing endorsement from his former college offensive coordinator, Paul Petrino.

He’s really down in weight,” Petrino told Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, regarding Mallett.  “He looks in great shape.  He looks like he’s keeping himself in great shape because he still comes around here quite a bit.  Obviously, I think he’s matured a ton, and I think that happened a lot while he was here.  I think his upside is going to be very, very high.  He’s just got to hang in there and keep learning, keep learning from the best and some day when you get your shot, you’ve got to make it work.”

Mallett nevertheless remains stuck at No. 3 on the depth chart.  He’ll get a chance during the preseason to try to leapfrog backup Brian Hoyer (who could be shipped elsewhere), or to otherwise develop Mallett’s overall skills against NFL-caliber competition.  Barring a trade, Mallett has three more years until he can go somewhere where he can compete for a chance to play.

Still, by next year if not sooner, Mallett could be one Bernard Pollard hit to Tom Brady’s lower left leg away from becoming the next Matt Cassel.

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26 Responses to “Paul Petrino says Mallett is in “great shape””
  1. txxxchief says: Jul 5, 2012 10:10 PM

    Sounds like the Pats are setting up a pig-in-a- poke Mallet trade.

  2. going4iton4th says: Jul 5, 2012 10:11 PM

    It’s nice that Bobby Petrino has some free time now. Mallett ran his offense quite well–and he has a better arm than Cassell or Hoyer. It’ll be interesting to see how he’s developed in preseason.

  3. egomaniac247 says: Jul 5, 2012 10:12 PM

    I think the Pats stole one by getting Mallett in the 3rd….when so many other Qb -needy teams passed on him in the 2nd.

    I saw him in the preseason and was surprised how tall he is and how much of a cannon he had for an arm.

  4. FinFan68 says: Jul 5, 2012 10:21 PM

    Mallett is better than Cassell. His issues were character not talent, and I have heard NOTHING bad since he was drafted. (Yeah, still irks me that Ireland tried to get cute and got burned by the Pats). This kid could be very, very good but he is behind Brady. Barring injury, Mallett will not see the field. Even if Brady suddenly plays like garbage, he has earned quite a bit of time before the team decides to move on.

  5. pftcensorssuck says: Jul 5, 2012 10:27 PM

    Obviously, I think he’s matured a ton, and I think that happened a lot while he was here
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    Yeah, it’s not like he learned that from people like Bill Belichick or Tom Brady, right?

  6. grogansneck says: Jul 5, 2012 10:30 PM

    Of course, the full quote was “Some day when you get your shot, you’ve got to make it work….if a sexy broad comes to work for you, put her on the back of the motorcycle, don’t let the wife know, and work the end around.”

  7. akismet-3b1bba35174ffab9b676b7f8cecda1fe says: Jul 5, 2012 10:43 PM

    It will be interesting to see how he does. He has a lot of potential, and learning under Brady for a couple years won’t hurt either.

  8. jacobslatter says: Jul 5, 2012 10:49 PM

    Petrino thought Jessica Dorrell is in “great shape” too (snicker).

  9. jengibre23 says: Jul 5, 2012 11:02 PM

    He’ll be way better than matt Cassel. This kid will be more like a better version of Joe Flacco.

  10. nepo784 says: Jul 5, 2012 11:06 PM

    Who the hell cares about what Pig-trino has to say

  11. farvefromover says: Jul 5, 2012 11:08 PM

    Petrino can go fornicate himself with iron stick

  12. ericn42000 says: Jul 5, 2012 11:10 PM

    Petrino i hope your in better shape I just picture you in that neck brase with road rash written all over your face…….ouch

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 5, 2012 11:16 PM

    “He’s really down in weight”. Coke does that to you.

  14. lgw91s says: Jul 5, 2012 11:16 PM

    There was never any question was never about his physical tools. The reason he dropped to the third round was concerns about his maturity and committment. After one year, he has done nothing to produce any regret. He is in far better shape, and basically living at the stadium.He’s not going anywhere except up the ladder.By next year, he’s number 2 in New England. Maybe this year.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 5, 2012 11:20 PM

    Mallett is “living at the stadium”. But every once in awhile the security guys come around and make him move his shopping cart.

  16. tedmurph says: Jul 6, 2012 12:03 AM

    He has grown up a lot, but will never be a fit for Pats offense. Slow in decision making , big wind-up and a statue in the pocket. Not Brady’s successor, only trade bait to a team with the right offense.

  17. borisbulldog says: Jul 6, 2012 1:03 AM

    egomania247 wrote-

    I saw him in the preseason and was surprised how tall he is and how much of a cannon he had for an arm.

    ——————————————————–

    Yes, so di Derek Anderson and he’s out of the NFL today@

    You need to sop fellating Bellichick! He ain’t woin s-h-i-t since Crennel and Weiss left!

    Look it up!

  18. randallflagg52 says: Jul 6, 2012 1:12 AM

    Petrino, Mallett and Belichick. All 3 have an air of sleeziness surrounding them.

  19. lawlessmkvii says: Jul 6, 2012 1:18 AM

    I found a letter in my locker that says that Petrino has given up on this report and moved on to his next source.

  20. folkcrusader says: Jul 6, 2012 5:30 AM

    Bottom line is the Pats want to trade either him or Hoyer. Hoyer could not get any interest during the free agency period at all despite pimping himself around the league.

    So do the math. They were willing to let Hoyer walk but no one wanted him. Mallet couldn’t beat Hoyer out for the back up job last season and it doesn’t look like he is on track to do it this season. Basically you have two dogs that ain’t gonna hunt but look great in the truck.

    Belicheat is no fool. Time to deal these dudes and look at some other talent. Now he’s got anyone who is for sale painting lipstick on them.

  21. mwindle1973 says: Jul 6, 2012 6:31 AM

    lgw91s says: Jul 5, 2012 11:16 PM

    There was never any question was never about his physical tools. The reason he dropped to the third round was concerns about his maturity and committment. After one year, he has done nothing to produce any regret. He is in far better shape, and basically living at the stadium.He’s not going anywhere except up the ladder.By next year, he’s number 2 in New England. Maybe this year.

    ______________

    Actually his physical tools were questioned quite a bit. His height was an issue, and his lack of mobility were problems. And also the fact he struggled throwing on the move, and tended to throw ints at critical points in the game. I think his character was a lot bigger deal for the media than it was in reality for the teams. He’s over 6’6″ and that’s a red flag too for most teams. Why? Name a successful NFL QB from any era that was over 6’5″ other than Joe Flacco. YOu can name a few more but they weren’t winners.

  22. jimbo75025 says: Jul 6, 2012 7:47 AM

    mwindle1973 says:Jul 6, 2012 6:31 AM
    He’s over 6’6″ and that’s a red flag too for most teams.
    ——————

    Despite the Doug Flutie article, I can understand the concern with someone being short (sight lines, batted down balls, etc), but I do not understand the concern with someone being too tall. I know there have not been many nameable tall QB’s but not sure why this would be a red flag. Anyone 6’6 or taller is most likely going to pushed towards basketball anyway so might explain why there have been so few.

    Either way, short or tall the QB the coach will start the one who he feels gives them the best chance of winning. As things are anymore one bad season pretty much puts a coach on the hot seat.

  23. ruggerlad says: Jul 6, 2012 8:43 AM

    Pats will most definitely not trade him away. He will be an elite QB for the Pats and is far more talented than Cassell.

  24. j0esixpack says: Jul 6, 2012 10:30 AM

    The Pats were both the best place and worst place for Mallett to start his career.

    Best place because he’s been able to develop without of hint of pressure.

    Worst because he’s got one of the most complex offenses in the NFL to learn.

    Given all that he would still compete for a starting job on half the teams in the NFL

  25. psychotim says: Jul 6, 2012 10:11 PM

    Bledsoe is 6’5″ — I’m not sure if I’m making a positive or negative comment.

  26. lgw91s says: Jul 7, 2012 5:24 AM

    He’s over 6’6″ and that’s a red flag too for most teams. Why? Name a successful NFL QB from any era that was over 6’5″ other than Joe Flacco. YOu can name a few more but they weren’t winners.
    ——————
    Nice limit on the size. Because at 6’5″, you would have to include Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Philip Rivers…, and that is just current QB’s. But you’re probably right – if they were an inch taller, they wouldn’t have drafted them.

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