Ryan Mallett is the new Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers spent three years learning from one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, Brett Favre. Now, Rodgers is one of the league’s best quarterbacks and has a promising career ahead of him. His success story should be what the New England Patriots have in mind for current backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. He clearly has the potential to be a solid passer in the NFL and could easily start for a few teams right now. Trading Mallett now would probably fetch the Patriots at least a second round pick and possibly an additional late-round pick, but they should resist this instant gratification.

If the Patriots trade away Mallett, they would need to either find a quarterback in the draft at some point between now and 2017 or they would need to trade for an already established quarterback soon before or right after Brady retires. As long as Brady and Belichick are together, the Patriots will always be in contention and should consistently hold a draft spot between 24-32. While it’s possible for star quarterbacks to emerge from late in the draft a la Tom Brady, it is very unlikely. Mallett was a steal when the Patriots drafted him, so to trade him now seems like a wasted opportunity. The chances of trading for a quarterback would depend on the state of the NFL and the Patriots at the time Brady chooses to retire. If they have to give up anything more than a second round pick (what they would get for Mallett), it would have to be for an already established quarterback that can put the Pats back in contention right away. Trading for an unproven player to groom into a starter would not only be a huge risk, but also a ridiculous choice since they would have already given up Mallett who already knew the playbook and system and learned from Belichick and Brady, the best quarterback/coach tandem of all time.

Whomever takes over for Brady one day will have enormous shoes to fill and will have to constantly live up to the scrutiny and high standards that Patriots fans have grown accustomed to. They will be compared to Brady endlessly (at least in their first few years) and if they don’t live up to expectations quickly, the fans will get impatient. The best possible hope for New England fans at this point is to hope the Pats resist the temptation to trade him and instead groom him into the future of the franchise.

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  • Celia Westbrook

    I couldn’t agree more. Even during the season, if something happens, we must have a competitive back-up.

  • Hal Bent

    I don’t have a problem trading Mallett for a 2nd rounder…former backups Matt Cassell and Brian Hoyer are available and know the offense. I’m sure Mallett wants to start and isn’t keen on the idea of sitting for 4 more years behind TB12–I’m not sure that the market is there for Mallett and that leads me to think he’ll stick. BB not trading him away without getting “value” at this point

    • Tim Dillon

      Im not really concerned about the roll of backup as I am with Brady’s replacement. That’s why I’d rather keep Mallett, but if the Pats could grab a solid pick in the second round and have a replacement plan in mind I’ll be for it. Not gonna question the genius!

      • MikeInMaine

        You have a propensity for mis-spelling words. If you are meaning to be a writer you should at least learn how to spell. It’s “role”, not roll. What are they teaching these days? And so, yeah; you shouldn’t question the genius. // Now… I will give you a pass if you were thinking of having a hot dog.

  • Hal Bent

    If they can convince/force Mallett to stay, I agree there needs to be a replacement plan, but I just haven’t seen enough to believe. I think after Matt Cassell did so well in replacement of Brady that there is an assumption that any backup can step in and win ten games. I was worried sick of a repeat injury when Hoyer was the backup. I think that not trading Hoyer for a pick if/when he had value was a missed opportunity.

  • Hog Wild

    I will say this, I watched Mallett in college and this guy has got a cannon. I would go out on a limb and say he has the strongest arm in the NFL right meow. He’s not accurate, and he’s not a scrambler, but give him a good pocket and he will murder you. I watched him throw some bombs before. He needed good mentor and I think he got one the best.

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