Ryan Mallett: Ravens a better atmosphere than other places I’ve been

AP

Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett is coming off a solid game in his first start with the team, and he says he owes his success to having support in Baltimore that he hasn’t always had in the past.

Mallett was effusive in his praise of quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Jimmy Clausen, who went above and beyond in helping him get ready to start after less than two weeks with the team. And Mallett says he hasn’t always had that kind of help from his teammates.

“What Matt and Jimmy did for me meant a lot. I’ve been in quarterback rooms where it’s every man for himself. They didn’t have to be as helpful. You hear things are different in Baltimore, and I was seeing it,” Mallett said.

Mallett didn’t say which quarterback rooms he was referring to, but he’s only been on two other teams, the Patriots and Texans. In New England, there was never any question that Tom Brady was the starter and Mallett was a backup, so it’s hard to see why there would have been any lack of support there. So it’s hard not to see Mallett’s comments as a suggestion that in Houston, he didn’t always have the support of his teammates, who included Brian Hoyer this season and Ryan Fitzpatrick last season.

Of course, given that Mallett was cut by the Texans after repeatedly showing up late to work, perhaps his teammates in Houston had good reason not to be particularly supportive of him.

97 responses to “Ryan Mallett: Ravens a better atmosphere than other places I’ve been

  1. The Ravens are undefeated in Mallett’s short stint with the team, and he was behind center when the Ravens quite possibly ruined the season of the Ravens’ arch-rivals. Of course, it’s more positive in Raven-ville, USA.

    That’s like saying there is a better atmosphere when you’re surrounded with success and happiness than you are when you are immersed is failure and frustration. Well, duh.

  2. This guy keeps making it harder to find a job. Dude just drop it don’t talk about the past nothing wrong with saying I love it here everyone is so helpful. Instead of calling out an old team that didn’t cut you after you acted like a 10 year old. The kid has talent but it takes a lot more than that to make it in this league.

  3. Sounds like he’s trying to blame the coaches and QB’s in Houston for his own slack, irresponsible behavior. If he needs a nurturing environment to get by, he’ll never be more than a last resort in the NFL.

  4. Well…it’s not like Brian Hoyer was friendly with Manziel in Cleveland, either. So Mallett has to be talking about Hoyer. Fitzpatrick has always seemed like a pretty nice dude.

  5. Aw Ryan, You forgot the Belichick rules of interviewing. Praise all competition, defer all personal accomplishments to your teammates and coaches, and you are just looking to improve each week.

  6. The fact is baltimore ravens management/coaches/players/fans are thankful for the arrival of a real quarterback.

    Ryan Mallett’s arrival made steve smith want to annoy hardd-working American sports fans for another season.

  7. That’s a great quote. I wonder what the percentage is of people who give these words much credibility, considering the source.

  8. Mallett is a petulant child…I’m guessing he will have bitter feelings about Baltimore on that day on the not-too-distant future when he gets cut again.

  9. It would make sense that the one he’s referring to is Hoyer. Guys with limited ability that scratch and claw their way onto an NFL roster through hard work and sheer force of will tend to be pretty intolerant of lazy, spoiled, entitled athletes with natural gifts – especially when they are competing for a job.

  10. For staters, this is a team that’s losing tons of games. It’s been a very frustrating season. BUT, you don’t hear things from the locker rooms like you hear in other teams, about the coach, the players, etc… blaming each other.

    It’s a close knit society of brotherhood outta there.

  11. Don’t burn bridges, say nothing or be neutral or ambiguous. You are showing your new employers you have learned nothing and will speak badly about them too when they ultimately let you go.

  12. Well, young man, when you miss practices and airplane flights to games, the atmosphere probably becomes a little poor. That dude just doesn’t get it.

  13. If Mallett has found a home where he can thrive, that’s terrific. The talent has always been there, and his long ball skills and low salary drain are a good match for the Flacco offense and the Ravens’ tight salary cap.

    But given the fact that Bill O’Brien pitted him against Brian Hoyer in open and even competition for the starting QB job in Houston and waffled more than once on his choice, Mallett should not have expected anything other than “every man for himself”.

  14. “They have all sorts of great nap rooms here. Way better than other places I’ve been.” – Ryan Mallett.

  15. As if we didn’t already know Mallett was clueless. Of course a has been and a never was treated him better than guys he was in direct competition with for the starting QB psoition. The situation in Baltimore is hardly analogous to Houston. Schaub and Clausen are not competing with Mallett for what is, after all, still Joe Flacco’s job. What did they do to help him out, make sure he had a working alarm clock and drive him around the ‘traffic’? Hoyer and Fitz were never Mallett’s problem, if he wants to identify the real source of his problems all he has to do is look in the mirror.

  16. “They all like me so much, they all chipped in and got me a gift…what a beautiful clock! And the alarm’s chimes are so melodic”.

  17. RavenzGunnerz says:
    Jan 2, 2016 11:57 AM

    But generally, many players who have been in Baltimore love the environment there. Not just QBs…
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    Why wouldn’t they? I mean where else can ya get away with murder? Literally! Then have a statue erected in your likeness. Can’t make this stuff up.

  18. It’s one game. Mallett’s first game starting in Houston was a pretty important win, too. Then the next one was a horrible loss that knocked us out of the playoffs last season.

    Because he was playing with a torn pectoral muscle and it doesn’t appear that he reported it. That’s not a team leader, and that is one of the reasons why he had to re-earn the starting spot this season when he came back. He was given the chance, though.

    There were many things that Mallett admitted to as having the wrong attitude when he was about to be signed by the Ravens – including his childish pouting on the sidelines, as well as repeatedly being late for team events (and don’t ignore the rumors of being drunk and/or hungover during those late starts).

    See how he does in a second game before praising him for slamming the only team in the NFL willing to give him a shot at a legitimate starting position. I think the QB situation was handled pretty poorly in Houston at the beginning of the season, but there was fault on both sides. Getting one good game in, and Mallett is throwing shade – that tells me it’s gonna be ugly when he has a bad game.

  19. “paulieorkid says:
    Jan 2, 2016 11:55 AM
    The Ravens are undefeated in Mallett’s short stint with the team, and he was behind center when the Ravens quite possibly ruined the season of the Ravens’ arch-rivals. Of course, it’s more positive in Raven-ville, USA.

    That’s like saying there is a better atmosphere when you’re surrounded with success and happiness than you are when you are immersed is failure and frustration. Well, duh.”

    See how he handles adversity. He didn’t handle it well in Houston, but had he rode it out and acted professional, he could still be starting here with a likely run in the playoffs.

  20. RavenzGunnerz says:
    Jan 2, 2016 12:09 PM

    For staters, this is a team that’s losing tons of games. It’s been a very frustrating season. BUT, you don’t hear things from the locker rooms like you hear in other teams, about the coach, the players, etc… blaming each other.

    It’s a close knit society of brotherhood outta there.
    ——————————————————-
    They just ran out of excuses. Had to happen sooner or later.

  21. In other words, I’m happiest when people don’t criticize me. And since I’ve only been here a little while, I haven’t shown my typical, entitled tendencies. Therefore nobody in the Ravens organization has had a reason to criticize me. Yet.

  22. Steeler fan here. Great pickup in Mallet and great job of getting him ready.

    The Baltimore organization has the best GM and coach in the NFL not Pittsburgh. Go back since Tomlin started and look at the Steelers and Ravens drafts. Antonio Brown and DeCastro have been the only great picks by PGH. You may argue that Bryant could also be? We’ll see.
    3 #1 linebackers that are all below average?

    True Steeler fans should want Tomlin GONE and now. They have not won a playoff game in 5 years.
    The Ravens will be healthy and hard to beat next year. If a move is not made Ben will be wasted in his prime.

  23. imodan says:
    Jan 2, 2016 12:26 PM

    RavenzGunnerz says:
    Jan 2, 2016 11:57 AM

    But generally, many players who have been in Baltimore love the environment there. Not just QBs…
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    Why wouldn’t they? I mean where else can ya get away with murder? Literally! Then have a statue erected in your likeness. Can’t make this stuff up.

    ———————

    But, you just did. Google would help your lost cause.

  24. “The Baltimore organization has the best GM and coach in the NFL”

    ….and after this statement, hilarity ensued.

    Best in the AFC North? Maybe (although I’d argue that Cincy has followed a more continuous path of improvement over the past few years).

    Best in the NFL? Please….

  25. First the offense running the field rite now is a little slow..the Def is getting old, the offense is kinda unsure of it self and it could really help if he could get a little more help out of the wr core..last the Def has lost a step and r not sure of who to tackle..look at that huge mistake the team made last week

  26. He had the starting job at Houston, and LOST it. Mallett seems the kind of guy who is only happy as long as he gets everything he wants, and is a bad sport the minute he doesn’t, whether it’s his poor play or not.

  27. Couple of comments on the comments:

    1. I wonder if Mallet understands the irony of his comments about cooperation in the QB room. When he lost the QB competition in Houston, there couldn’t have been a WORSE teammate than Ryan Mallet with all his pouting and childish petulance. Probably not.

    2. Ozzie has been a great GM overall, but like all GM’s he’s had his down years, and the last few haven’t been great for him.

    3. Baltimore has plenty of whiners on their team, first and foremost is their HC. He is a lot like Tomlin in that regard. Harbaugh is a good HC, but he’s like a bully who can dish it out but can’t take it.

    4. Ryan Mallet has some talent, but has yet to show he has the maturity and mental toughness to become more than just an average QB in this league. In fact he’s shown just the opposite while in Houston.

    If he stays with the Ravens there is one thing for certain if he becomes Flacco’s back up, they won’t have to change the Ravens’ offense.

  28. The guy was a whiny little puss in Houston because he couldn’t beat out another former Pats backup and his ego turned to complete embarrassment as he pouted down the sidelines after being benched in the game prior to being released.

    All he had now was to beat the perrenial pick 6 man Matt Schaub out – no wonder he thinks he is in so much better position after one game.

    He will be gone once Flacco returns and back to pouting,enjoy your last game as an NFL starting QB Ryan.

  29. So wait, a couple of guys who have less physical talent and had to work sunup to sundown just to make it were less than supportive of a slacker?

    Victim mentality…..

  30. The soon to be 5-11 Ratbirds got the karma they deserved.

    Patriot Nation will enjoy the last laugh come Feb. 7th.

    Have fun rooting for our throwaway trash tomorrow before you go back to the reality of that garbage infested model of human depravity you call a city.

  31. So they let you show-up when it’s convenient for you? Miss your flight and let’s see how supportive they are in Baltimore.

  32. 1. 1 game
    2. He had no one else to speak of to beat to get the starting job
    3. Wait til the real QB shows up
    4. 1 game

  33. He doesn’t like self made guys who earn their place on the team and can fight through adversity. Hoyer and Brady are self made. Mallet is much more gifted but can’t do anything with those gifts. He was annointed since pee wee’s and had been handed great opportunities and squandered them. I wouldnt put much faith in him, if it gets a little tough this kid will turtle.

  34. Whoever said the Ravens drafting has been good recently needs to take a serious look into that. Our past few drafts have been horrific. The first round pick of 2015 has been MIA and who knows if he will ever play. Hey, at least our backup QB is excited to be a Raven.

  35. Time will tell if this guy has learned anything, if he has a good attitude, or if he can perform as needed.

    But the people who should be embarassed are the morons who mindlessly repeat the false murder claim about Lewis, when they could easily google the real facts. Talk about not learning anything.

  36. Pretty funny and obvious he also didn’t enjoy his time in New England serving under Shady.

  37. He got the starting job when Hoyer couldn’t play up to snuff and LOST it when he took HIMSELF out for an injury!

    Couple that with his inability to show up AT ALL, show up for team meetings, missed SEVERAL practices, AND a team chartered flight!

    If Harbaugh allows that kind of immaturity, then so be it, but he had PLENTY of chances in Houston, it was his own doing that he got booted!

  38. I wonder which Baltimore QB will be #1 going into training camp. I’d be willing to bet a substantial sum it ain’t Mallett. Let’s see if he feels the same after a few weeks of hoping for an injury to Flacco.

  39. Amazing how less sympathetic people are when the “victorious” QB didn’t come from the Cowboys. Brandon Weeden did the same damn thing and the comments were filled with tons of hooting and hollering about it.

    Mallett is a guy that never should have been given a shot in Houston, and only did because the only thing O’Brien knows how to do is take depleted NE cast-offs.

  40. It’s been a rough season. However, it’s ending on a very high note because the Ravens have clown stomped the Steelers 8 of the last 11 meetings, swept them this year, and may be singlehandedly responsible for wasting their 9-7 or 10-6 season. That’s GOTTA hurt because it sure feels GOOD here. LOL.

  41. As longs whoever he is playing for starts practice and schedules team charters around noon. She should be just fine

  42. haterade999 says:
    Jan 2, 2016 12:52 PM

    imodan says:
    Jan 2, 2016 12:26 PM

    RavenzGunnerz says:
    Jan 2, 2016 11:57 AM

    But generally, many players who have been in Baltimore love the environment there. Not just QBs…
    ——————————————————
    Why wouldn’t they? I mean where else can ya get away with murder? Literally! Then have a statue erected in your likeness. Can’t make this stuff up.

    ———————

    But, you just did. Google would help your lost cause.
    ——————————————————–
    I did. Say’s right there they put up a statue to the guy. Oh…..you don’t think he had anything to do with the actual murder huh. So find the suit and show us all it isn’t blood soaked. He got the celebrity treatment in Baltimore the same way Rice did. Have some dignity man and accept that which is obvious.

  43. Well, why would Hoyer and Fitzpatrick be willing to help him when they’re all competing for the same job? Schaub and Clausen are injured…they have no reason to compete with him.

  44. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Jan 2, 2016 3:41 PM
    It’s been a rough season. However, it’s ending on a very high note because the Ravens have clown stomped the Steelers 8 of the last 11 meetings, swept them this year, and may be singlehandedly responsible for wasting their 9-7 or 10-6 season. That’s GOTTA hurt because it sure feels GOOD here. LOL.

    I guess that makes two clowns that are glad to be in Harm City….you and Mallet. I thoroughly enjoy watching the Ravens suck and their trolls having to eat crow. Another season behind the Steelers in the standings…..it’s a trend I enjoy. Cheers!

  45. Imagine Mallett, Brandon Marshall, and the the likes of other whiners and misfits all on the same team. Now that would be entertaining!

  46. well, the situation is different than it is/was in Houston. in Houston, the starting QB job was an open competition and Hoyer thinks he is a really good starter. in my book, he’s a placeholder, but that’s another story.

    in Baltimore, the starting QB job is temporary. Schaub likely knows that his playing days are ending while Clausen isn’t a good temporary starter and he likely now has realized that too. Mallett has the arm talent to be a star, but he needs to work on decisions, on and off the field.

  47. Missed the above well wishes for Happy New Year from NRG and probably others.

    Happy New Year to you as well and to all my brothers and sisters.

  48. bencoates57 says:
    Jan 2, 2016 6:56 PM

    Did anyone inform Mallett he will no longer be the starter come next season?
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    You don’t think Baltimore would like to get out from under that salary cap killing Flacco deal?

  49. bencoates57 says:
    Jan 2, 2016 6:56 PM

    Did anyone inform Mallett he will no longer be the starter come next season?
    ————————————————————-
    You don’t think Baltimore would like to get out from under that salary cap killing Flacco deal?

    Hey Mrs Obvious have you heard of restructuring and cap increases? Tom Shady has done that route before for the Cheaties. Everyone with a six grade education knows Jump Ball Joe will seek a team friendly deal with the criminals.

  50. Uhm….droolin fool…

    You DO realize that your starting QB just got beaten by the Ravens 4th string QB, right? So maybe you need to show a LITTLE humility before throwing around the “Jump Ball Joe” moniker.

    (Real shame that Haley decided to run against a team with the worst secondary in the NFL, basically wasting an entire 15 minutes of football in a key game for the Steelers.)

    But your point is well taken. It was understood at the time of the signing that it was a 3 year deal to be redone before the big cap hits kicked in.

  51. One thing that makes me question the popular slagging of Mallett is that he spent 3+ years with the Patriots.

    Thick Belichick either a) tolerates or b) fails to detect a screwup at such a potentially important position for that long?

    The relative cluelessness of Houston doesn’t make me give them the benefit of the doubt.

  52. Uhm….droolin fool…

    You DO realize that your starting QB just got beaten by the Ravens 4th string QB, right? So maybe you need to show a LITTLE humility before throwing around the “Jump Ball Joe” moniker.

    (Real shame that Haley decided to run against a team with the worst secondary in the NFL, basically wasting an entire 15 minutes of football in a key game for the Steelers.)

    But your point is well taken. It was understood at the time of the signing that it was a 3 year deal to be redone before the big cap hits kicked in.

    I think humility is reserved for teams with a 5-10 record, are in the murder capital, have a statue to a felon, and just plain suck….

  53. Nofool, actually the Ravens finished higher in the final classification due their playoff’s victory at Pitt.As always you are wrong.

  54. I would hate to see what the Houston and New England locker rooms were like if Baltimore’s is all roses and lilacs. The Raven roster has been littered with some dubious personalities for quite some time so I’m left scratching my head by Mallett’s comment. Of course, New England was the home of convicted felon, Aaron Hernandez, but he was placed in prison long before Mallett arrived. I guess Mallett is still in his “honeymoon” phase with the Ravens.

  55. Never ceases to amaze me how shady bloggers can take one part of one sentence of a 15 minute interview and twist it into a mess like this just to try to keep some advertising on board. Is there anyone who commented here that actually saw the whole interview?

  56. All the Steelers’ fans on here is proof that they cant sleep after watching their team get knocked out by a giant Mallett. Your standing in the division and your W/L record won’t amount to a hill of beans if you can’t weasel your way into the playoffs. i doubt the Browns are going to sit back and play for a better draft pick now that their coach has been shown the door. Plenty of motivation to send the towel freaks back to Rustburgh with eyes full of tears.

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