Should Patriots bring back Ryan Mallett?

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When the Texans cut quarterback Ryan Mallett, he instantly became a free agent, able to sign with any team. So who will sign him?

In a league where there simply aren’t enough quarterbacks to go around, Mallett may find his way back onto an NFL roster, sooner or later. Or sooner than later.

How about the team he started his NFL career with? In 2011, the Patriots made him a third-round pick. By all accounts, Mallett wasn’t a problem. He possibly wasn’t a problem because he knew his place in New England. There, Mallett never was going to be the starter, as long as Tom Brady was: (1) on the team; and (2) still alive.

In Houston, Mallett’s confidence became delusion and, in turn, anger. He believed (and probably still believes) that he’s better than Brian Hoyer. He believed (and probably still believes) that the Texans weren’t treating him fairly. He believed (and probably still believes) that the Texans would have a better record if he’d been playing.

Mallett didn’t have two separate tardiness incidents because he’s chronically unable to be where he’s supposed to be when he’s supposed to be there. The no-show in August and the failure to show up on time for the flight in October were manifestations of his frustrations.

It’s actually a win for Mallett, if he wasn’t going to play in Houston. He’s able to collect the balance of his $2.5 million base salary as termination pay, and he’s also permitted to sign with a new team and keep whatever he makes.

And so now the question is whether someone else will give Mallett a spot on the depth chart. The deeper question is whether Mallett knows his place in a new city.

In New England, his place would be No. 2 or No. 3 on the depth chart, behind Brady. Mallett knows the system well, and he’d be much more effective than Matt Flynn or Ryan Lindley would have been.

First, the Patriots would have to be willing to devote a third roster spot to the most important position on the team.

88 responses to “Should Patriots bring back Ryan Mallett?

  1. Do the Pats play the Texans this year? If so, he will be a Patriot the Monday before the game, then cut on Saturday. For depth of course.

  2. Bellichick has such a high priority on roster spots with injuries and depth at positions due to the game plan in place for the opposing team……..no need for Mallett…other people are more worthy and Jimmy G. is more ready god forbid something happen to Brady…

  3. I don’t think the Patriots give up a roster spot for a third string QB. Now if he could play on special teams…

  4. No way BB is going to claim him. They don’t need him right now. If Brady were to get hurt Jimmy Garoppolo would be the starter and then they’d resign Ryan Lindley who’s a FA. BB is not going to pay Ryan Malcontent to sit on his ass, collect a check and be the 3rd QB.

  5. Didn’t the RB for the Steelers do the same thing last year? Not A NE fan, or hater but funny how that hapeens if he does go back to NE.

  6. .
    ” In a league where there simply aren’t enough quarterbacks to go around ”

    Bing !!! ….. And it’s getting worse every year
    .

  7. NO!!!!!!!!! Jimmy Garoppolo is the backup quarterback and there is no reason to add a 3rd string quarterback to take up a valuable roster spot. Ryan Mallett doesn’t believe he is a third string quarterback and many others don’t consider him to be an NFL quarterback.

  8. Did you see this guy play? He’d have to convince the Browns to sign him, let alone New England.

  9. He isn’t any good. Personality aside. He has no touch at all. He should have been cut sooner because he sucks.

  10. Mallet isn’t even worthy of carrying Tom’s helmet.

    Oh wait, Tom’s a bad guy in Rog’s eyes because he was playing with footballs that were a little low on air pressure….

    Although, I wonder what old Rog’s excuse is now, Tom doesn’t seem to miss a beat.

    Mallett could learn a lot from sitting in front of the tv on sundays and watch how Tom plays. Maybe watch guys like him, Rodgers, Peyton.. See how they play, how they conduct themselves, and carry themselves. Study their movements. Start there with the easy things before he dives into any playbook.

  11. my guess is he will make the “players making visits” tour then sit home waiting for some team to get truly desperate.

    If he misses out on that, there is always the “yes he is a meat head, but we can change him” train that leaves the station in the off season — Assuming he gets up on time for it.

    If he fails at both of those, there are always TV analyst jobs. 🙂

  12. It’s understandable that Mallett was bummed the last time he lost the starting job in Houston. He was shaken up by a hard tackle and had to come out for a play. He never got back in. The problem was with O’Brien. He couldn’t make up his mind which QB he wanted for a starter. He waffled all through the early season.

    The two are not worlds apart in terms of talent, but Mallett has a clear advantage in athleticism and arm strength. He needs a team that is willing to commit to him and give him a few games to get in the flow. That wasn’t going to happen in Houston.

    Cutting Mallett gives the Texans a phony no-nonsense image that they in no way deserve. They’ve been soft touches ever since Kubiak issued the varsityjackets. They don’t have the won-loss record that they do because a guy had to hop a commercial flight to get to Miami.

  13. Don’t want him back. I like Jimmy G.

    What he did in Houston was inexcusable.

    #fifteenyearsofexcellenceandcounting

  14. jackybadass says:
    Oct 27, 2015 8:58 PM
    Better off bringing back flute ! Bill wiffed on mallet forcing the jimmy g pick
    ================================
    What? His contract was up and off he went. Same as Hoyer as the prior QB backup, and Cassel before him.

  15. What a crazy article…no way would Bill bring back a castoff, especially one who has tantrums. Bill would put Edelman in there before Mallet.
    Bill doesn’t put up with prima donnas…

  16. The only scenario in which I could envision Mallett returning to New England would have to involve trading Jimmy G to the Texans or the Saints for at least two 1st.

  17. IF Jimmy G can be traded for a 2nd round pick or packaged for a high 2nd round and a LT, NE recovers the lost pick and Jimmy G gets to play sooner. Mallett sits on the NE roster for 2-3 years while Pats find the next QB to draft. Everyone wins (except the league office).

  18. Pats need CB help and they dress dozens of safeties and front seven guys to compensate.

    Besides, its not clear that Mallet is an actual QB.

  19. Sure, why not? He can wear a baseball cap as well as anyone. Plus they could put him up in the hotel at Patriot Place, and they can just go wake him up when it’s time to practice, and none of those pesky traffic jams either.

  20. Teams that could maybe use him include teams that need a strong arm, ? of a brain, and poor personality. Maybe one of these teams:

    -Pittsburgh if Ben needs more time and losses keep piling up.
    -Miami if Tannehill gets injured.
    -Chicago, because Cutler
    -Denver because Peyton is a player-coach these days
    -New England cause he knows the system and they like cast-away players
    -Jets/Bills trying to pull a reverse Patriots by signing a guy that knows their opponent’s playbook

    Even so, as much of a diva that this guy has proven to be, I don’t think anybody wants him right now. He needs the rest of the season to resign himself to being a million dollar per year 2nd or 3rd string type QB.

  21. How about sign Mallet and trade Garappolo and conditionl pick to chiefs for Marcus Peters ans a cnditional pick. Each team gets a little risk insurance and fills position of need. if Brady keeps playing at a high level Garappolo may never see the field anyway.

  22. Mallet stunk when he appeared in exhibition games for NE. He has stunk when he played for Houston. He has the physical ability to play quarterback, but is dumb, immature, cannot read defenses, is entitled, cannot deal with setbacks, does not handle adversity well and overall completely lacks the mental and emotional makeup to be an NFL quarterback, possibly even a successful human being. So, in other, words, no the Pats don’t bring him back as QB. In fact I would not be at all surprised if he has played his last NFL game. Would you want him as your QB?

  23. Does anyone actually think someone with this character, attitude and work ethic, even for guaranteed milliions of dollars per season, isn’t going to start up his act when (not if) he believes Brady is washed up, and that he should be starting?

    Sure, he and his agent can say all the right things now, maybe even believe themselves in the perspective of being unemployed.
    But after a few injury or suspension starts, when he’s back to riding the pine, is the New England winter weather going to make it tough to get to the practice field and the airport?

  24. Quoting mathprof84:
    “I dunno, can he play cornerback or left tackle?”
    ~~~
    Good one! But in seriousness, how much talent is lost and wasted when egos like Mallet’s just won’t let them line up anywhere except quarterback?
    Would Tebow still be playing at tight end or safety; would Josh Pryor have been more successful converting to wide out had he started a few years sooner?

    I respect their right to make their own decisions; it just boggles me they could walk away from guaranteed millions, especially when there also is plenty of the fame and hero worship they so value at the other positions. (particularly the two you would offer Mallet.)

  25. This would be a bad sign for the patriots. The reason he was traded was because he was about to get cut. We don’t need him. There are a lot of bad qbs out there he should find a job. Buffalo should sign him.

  26. I , personally say no… think this team is showing it has “brotherhood” intact . Don`t need Mallet`s distractions , and prefer to give the backup QB to Jimmy G who looks more than equipped to fill in if something should happen .

  27. fngs1 says:
    Oct 27, 2015 8:27 PM
    Didn’t the RB for the Steelers do the same thing last year? Not A NE fan, or hater but funny how that hapeens if he does go back to NE.

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    Little detail about Blount last year is he had to clear waivers so teams with worse records had a shot at him first. Mallets will probably get picked up before the pats even get a shot. Although no way pats waste a roster spot on a 3rd string qb.

  28. People say Belichick brings Mallet in to gain an edge before playing the Texans. Does anyone really believe Belichick needs an edge to beat the Texans? Garoppolo might get some snaps in THAT game!

  29. Of course the pats aren’t going to waste a roster spot on him but what is with the clowns comments about picking him up if the pats were playing The Texans? What if they did do that? What if they did do it to get “information” is anyone clueless enough to think that is against the rules or if any team thought it would help they would do it in a heartbeat? Is someone clueless enough to to think ex players are sworn to silence after they leave a team?

    People that actually understand football never thought spy ate provided any real advantage because even if you had a method of knowing EVERY PLAY (and only crazy people claimed any type of filming could do that) you still have to have the players to execute or stop execution, i.e the better team.

  30. Mallet is just the kind of player Belichick does not want.

    If a Patriots player comes late to practice, they get sent home.
    If they were to be pulled, or not start, and complain like Mallet did, they would either be cut of deactivated.
    If they didn’t make the flight, they would be cut.

    Maybe a super star like Lawrence Taylor could get away with that, but not a back up. They would be cut that day.

  31. Pats already have a 3rd QB – Edelman!

    But those saying not to waste a roster spot on a 3rd QB ought to be reminded that Brady came in as 4th-string (behind Friesz & Bishop) when Bledsoe was still considered the star franchise starter. You guys must have thought BB & Pioli crazy to sign a weedy looking 4th-stringer. I didn’t – I can assure you I wasn’t even paying attention!

  32. Of course BB will sign him. It’s his pattern to sign released players of teams they play in the future. Texans on the schedule for 13 Dec.

  33. fngs1 says:
    Oct 27, 2015 8:27 PM
    Didn’t the RB for the Steelers do the same thing last year? Not A NE fan, or hater but funny how that hapeens if he does go back to NE.

    ————-
    Blount had to clear waivers, any team could have claimed him but somehow Evil Hoody rigged every team’s fax machine so nobody else could claim him.

  34. Things are going great in NE. Patriots are playing good football and a pretty much a lock for the playoffs. Why would you bring in this clown and rock the boat. Patriots don’t need the headache that bringing in this head case could cause.

  35. “Of course BB will sign him. It’s his pattern to sign released players of teams they play in the future. Texans on the schedule for 13 Dec.”

    I don’t think that could provide any advantage but if it does and Belichick is the only one to do it I guess your point is Belichick is smarter than everyone else.

    I happen to agree, belichick is the arguable the best HC in history.

  36. Mallett is close to unemployable. Not just his antics but that he never looked very good with the Texans. Is there a coach somewhere else who worked with him in NE who might give him a shot? He’s burned almost all his bridges.

  37. uggesting Mallett makes sense for New England is ludicrous.

    Mallett is mentally weak, a low character guy, an excuse-maker with a propensity for folding under adversity. Underwhelming upside coupled with a penchant for tanking are not in high demand in ANY industry.

    And merely because Mallett appreciated the obvious (that Brady was perched atop the totem pole in New England) doesn’t change any of that. More importantly, the string of events that transpired in Houston exposed what had previously been hidden.

    Mallett is not New England Patriot material.

  38. Suggesting Mallett makes sense for New England is ludicrous.

    Mallett is mentally weak, a low character guy, an excuse-maker with a propensity for folding under adversity. Underwhelming upside coupled with a penchant for tanking are not in high demand in ANY industry.

    And merely because Mallett appreciated the obvious (that Brady was perched atop the totem pole in New England) doesn’t change any of that. More importantly, the string of events that transpired in Houston exposed what had previously been hidden.

    Mallett is not New England Patriot material.

  39. I loved the armchair psychoanalysis of Mallett, seriously, as if people know what was going through his mind. Don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

    Who should the Pats cut to make room for Mallett when they dresssed less than 20 Offensiive players last week? Yeh, I though so, there is nobody less valuable than Mallett on the current roster. If they needed him down the road, I am pretty sure he will be available.

  40. No, Mike. Not even close. The Pats moved on from Mallet for a reason and have a better backup in Jimmy.

    Maybe the Colts could get some mileage out of him. In their fake punt formation.

  41. In a league where there simply aren’t enough quarterbacks to go around ”

    Bing !!! ….. And it’s getting worse every year

    Most guys aren’t given the time. It really takes two years starting to see what you got, in today’s NFL they need to show it less than half a season. Very few quarterbacks are going to be instantly successful. Especially the guys on bad teams.
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  42. Why would the pats waste a valuable roster spot on a dude with baggage?

    No one elso is in the league is going to pick this guy up.

    Matllett will remain on the market until he’s needed in NE.

    Or picked up as another reclamation project next year.

  43. Several kinds of talent are required to succeed at professional football, especially for a QB. Mallett has elite physical talent. That’s why he drive people nuts. He passes the eye test with flying colors. But he’s given no evidence of the mental talent. He doesn’t diagnose defensive schemes very well and doesn’t appear to be able to read the field after the ball’s been snapped.

    Moreover, it seems–seems–like he doesn’t have the under-discussed talents of perseverance and industriousness. If you can’t work your way through disappointment and discouragement, you’re not going to make it.

    I hope I’m wrong. I also hope NE avoids him like the plague. Jimmy G.’s a much better prospect.

  44. Why all the suggestions to trade Garofolo ? Brady wants to play 10 more years but the odds are against him doing so. He becomes more injury prone game-by-game. Neither Mallet or Ryan are adequate to replace him. Keep Garofolo; give him some playing time to learn and keep him happy. In Bill we believe; he knows what he is doing.

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