Miami Dolphins: What to Make of Ryan Mallett's Threat of Payback
Just to recap, the Miami Dolphins passed on Ryan Mallett twice during the 2011 NFL Draft.
First, the Dolphins passed on taking Mallett in the first round. However, many did not question that decision because many did not have Mallett going that high.
Then, the news broke that the Dolphins had traded up into the second round. Every analyst instantly said that it had to be a move to get Mallett. Instead, the Dolphins selected RB Daniel Thomas.
Now, Ryan Mallett is upset and letting everyone know.
My first reaction to him vowing vengeance was that the rumors must have been true that he liked to get high.
All kidding aside, Mallett's reaction is a strong sign of his immaturity. His immaturity was the main issue that teams passed on him 73 times.
Just think about that. He was passed up for another player 73 times. The Dolphins must not be that crazy to pass on him.
I understand that he is hurt because the Dolphins told him that they wanted to do whatever it took to get him. However, he needs to realize the NFL draft is a whole bunch of lies. Smokescreens and false reports are put out there all the time to try and mislead other teams.
Is it possible that the Dolphins told Mallett that just to trick a fellow AFC East team into taking him? You just never know, and the only people that do know are in that war room, and they will never tell.
For Pro Football Talk to even compare this situation to his new teammate Tom Brady's situation back in the 2000 draft is ridiculous. Brady was passed up 198 times. I would say that is far more reason to be mad than Mallett.
Similar situations or not, Brady being Mallett's teammate spells doom for Mallett's payback promise.
Brady says he is going to play 10 more years, which is not going to happen. However, Mallett will be sitting for probably at least another four to five years.
So the only payback Mallett could get is if he decides to go Sal Alosi on the Dolphins this season.
In my opinion, even if Mallett does see the field, he is not going to get any payback, and I am glad the Dolphins did not pick him.
I have never liked Mallett and I especially liked my opinion when I saw him play against Alabama and then Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl this past season. Those were the biggest stages he played on, and he was terrible. He threw three INTs against Alabama and a crushing INT against Ohio State that lost Arkansas the game.
Mallett's INTs actually rose from seven in the 2009 season to 12 in 2010. His pass attempts were pretty much equal in those two years so it was not like he threw the ball more. As a QB becomes more experienced, the INTs should not rise (and it was not that he was on a bad team, Arkansas was a very good team in 2010).
I do not care how strong his arm is, Jamarcus Russell could throw a ball 70 yards from his knees, remember? Mallett's head is not screwed on straight and this vow of payback is further evidence of that.
Just because the Patriots took Mallett does not mean the Dolphins should have.
Believe it or not, the Patriots have made a ton of draft mistakes. The Patriots are good in the first round, but after that they have not gotten much out of their drafts. Just roll through the names and you will see for every success, there is a failure.
There is no need to worry Dolphins fans. There is no need to feel a sense of regret. Let Mallett talk, and in the end, he will never get his payback.
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