Originally Posted by ATippett56
Mallett did not show anything in preseason to warrant such a lofty draft selection.
I point out to you that you must use what Bill Belichick does, not what he does say, (or rather does NOT say).
With Brady he carried 4 QBs all his rookie season. But that was a 5-11 team so he had the luxury.
Recall that the entire Board was criticising Cassell and saying the other backups were much better and he should be cut. But Belichick had already privately determined that Cassell was his backup, PROVIDED, that he could maintain his Poise under stress, and adversity.
Something he could not judge from lack of college film. So he rigged the game when Cassell was playing that preseason. He removed his experienced WRs, and gave him only the most low rated O-linemen and receivers. Bloggers said Cassell was terrible; but Belichick saw that Cassell remained poised and in control, despite the terrible situations. People were astounded when he cut the others, and kept Matt Cassell, ...unless you understood what his actions showed he was doing. After Brady got hurt in the first game, Cassell went 11-5.
This past season, Ryan Mallett didn't play much. Bill Belichick cut Brian Hoyer and carried only two QBs, promoting Ryan Mallett to backup, in only his first actual Training Camp.
You have to look at his actions.