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Do you think Mallett will ever start a game for the Pats?

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  1. Probably/definitely

    42.5%
  2. About 50-50

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  3. Less than 50-50

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  4. I have a better chance of marrying Tom/Gisele

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  1. ctpatsfan77

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    NFL.com news: Which QB from 2011 draft will have greatest career impact?

    NFL.com analysts were asked the above question.

    Lombardi's response:

    :eek:
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    He's saying Mallett will be so good that Brady goes the way of Joe Montana.
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    Given the amount of money he'll tie up, it's hard to suggest anyone other than Newton for overall impact. He's got an entire team's five year future tied up in his hands, for better or for worse.
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    as much as i hate NE, they're the perfect team for mallett
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    Then why do you have 2,000+ posts on a Pats forum?
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    i have 10k on the denver board and i hate them more

    when you work online and you have alot of spare time....and you like to reply to every ******* thing in the world ....there ya go :D
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    i have a crapton of posts there, obviously the most of any board, but yeah, it's not as lively as other boards...

    plus some of the political talk is interesting, and they don't do that at all
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    ya'll downplayed it when I said this:(



    eat crow:bricks::rocker::)
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    He's going to have an impact but it is going to be on Brady, who is going to have the same fire he had when he wanted Bledsoe's job but this time the shoe is on the other foot. Brady has always worked his ass off and would have been busting it no matter what, i just think this ups the stakes and makes him take to an even higher level.
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    You guys were damn good in 06. 14-2, LT setting the record an all...

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    Mike and Mike (Lombardi and Mayock) both like to think because they worked for Bill once upon a time they can channel him. If it were that simple they'd both be working for a team's FO (or even Bill's) and not on the league's network...

    Bill only selected Mallett because he couldn't find a trading partner willing to swap him a 2nd next year for a 3rd, so he drafted the one guy he had a remaining guaranteed roster spot for coming out of that round, a developmental QB. If Belichick was remotely thinking of securing Brady's replacement in this draft, or if he was thinking Mallett was remotely the QB to replace him with, he'd have tapped that selection a lot sooner.

    Mallett's career trajectory begins with proving he can even replace Hoyer by 2012. The last QB Bill took in the third couldn't even fend an UDFA off after the #2 job was handed to him by default. It's too bad things unfolded as they did because the JETS ended up with the QB best suited to back Brady up from this class. That may stunt his long term development, although he's got a better shot at advancing to #2 or starting than Mallett over the next two years...because all he's got to do is pass KOC to take aim on the Sanchise.
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    Everyone thought Mallet would be long gone by then. I think BB saw the opportunity to develop Mallet and possibly trade him more than find Bradys replacement.
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    what makes you say that? The part about the best fit that is. Why the perfect fit?
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    Simple QB solution
    Brady and Mallet race a 10 yd dash every Friday to see who starts. The QB able to finish gets the assignment.
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    I voted "probably" definitely, not because I think he'll necessarily be Brady's successor but because I think he'll beat out Hoyer as #1 backup by the end of this season and I also think that Brady will start missing the occasional game to injury when he hits 35.
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    PS to the above:

    I assume that you mean "regular season" game and not preseason.
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    Its not necessarily the perfect fit for the Pats, but it was DEFINITELY the perfect fit for Mallet. Most highly thought of QBs these days are thrown into the fire way too early. Lots of pressure, lots of pain. The bust rate is much greater than the physical talent would seem to allow. You always have to wonder how would have things gone for Joey Harrington and David Carr had they NOT be forced to play on very bad teams so early in their careers...Ryan Leaf for that matter.

    By being selected by the Pats, Mallet has the opportunity to learn the game while there is absolutely NO pressure. Not even a chance of a QB controversy the current flavor of the month, Aaron Rogers, marinated for THREE full seasons before he became superbowl MVP.

    In all likelihood so will Mallet, and he will be much better for it. At least 4 of the 6 or QBs taken ahead of him have at BEST mediocrity to look forward to. Like good wine Mallet will have the opportunity to reach his utmost potential BECAUSE he was chosen by the Pats.
    Good Coaching and low expectations are the recipe for success for young QB's

    As for the Pats - They now have a potentially better back up for Brady and someone who might bring them a better draft pick down the road. Personally I very much doubt he will have much of an impact on the field for the Pats. About 2 years to early to start to groom Brady's successor IMHO. However, injuries and/or trade opportunities have grown because of the pick. It was a luxury the Pats deemed they could afford....late in the 3rd round.
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    I don't know. With this much hype about him I'm starting to have second thoughts. I think you get better results with someone who has to fight their way to the top than with someone placed there who could plummet at the first sign of headwind.
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    After watching The Brady 6 (there's that number again too), I think it was Tee Martin who was told he'd be a backup (3rd in line) and that's the approach he took. But, he did get to start due to injuries and he wasn't prepared. I'd say Mallet's attitude has alot to do with this. Cassel should be a good lesson for Mallet and the thing with BB is he'll play the guy he feels has the best chance to succeed. Cassell prepared hard and was always ready (and no I don't want to see Brady go down with another injury).

    I caught a show on ESPN where the some of the drafted players were having field competitions and Mallet did a good job compared to the other QBs (not that that was playing under game conditions but he seemed to be more accurate).
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    It's a perfect fit for Mallet because:
    1.) NE reportedly has strong veteran leadership/a culture of success so if he's going to be serious about football (rather than partying, etc.) anywhere it will be here.

    2.) He probably doesn't have to play before he's ready.

    3.) If/when he does play expectations should be reasonable--nobody will think he should be better than Brady.

    4.) The offensive playbooks and terminology are similar which is hugely important.

    5.) He's not mobile but NE doesn't ask QBs to be mobile.

    6.) BB (perhaps because of having a kid about the same age who's gotten into some trouble) seems to be reasonably sympathetic guy.

    7.) Assuming BB keeps building the team well the rest of the team should be decent if/when Mallet starts.

    Now the kid could get arrested tomorrow and QBs burn out all the time, but if you were trying to pick a team where he ideally would start to maximize his chances of having a long, succesful career NE, the Giants and Indy would be my top choices.
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    If Brady is serious about playing for another decade - or even half that - then the only way Mallet gets on the field is by an injury to Brady or outperforming him. I think a lot of people, including Lombardi, don't realize that Brady and Mallet will reach free agency again in the same year - and that in fact, Mallet would be an RFA a year before Brady hits the open market again.
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    Nobody has any idea when Mallet is a free agent, an RFA or anything else; we won't until the labor situation is resolved.

    Historically third round guys got four year contracts and became free agents at the end of them which would line up Brady and Mallet's free agency.

    The chances of someone other than Brady starting a few games over the next few years is very high though; QBs usually start missing some games as they get older.
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    True re: the labor situation - but the likelihood is that the contracts for rookies are, if anything, going to get shorter than longer.

    So, either way, the likely reality is that Brady will not become a free agent while Mallet is under contract with this team.

    As for Brady missing some games - let's hope not. He's played through an awful lot of injuries over his career, like Favre or Manning - and I don't see that changing. I hate to say it, but catastrophic season-ending injuries are the most likely thing to knock guys like that out - and we've already dealt with one of those, and I hope we don't have to again.
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    I have no issue with Mallett wanting to be the starter for the Patriots. I've no issue with any player on the Patriots wanting to be the starter at their position.

    If everyone goes in with this mentality rather than accepting roles (even though they may be role players) that's a hell of a lot of intrinsic drive within a team and healthy competition.

    It's interesting in watching the Brady 6 and remembering just how driven the guarantees Brady was making back then both internally and externally. Mallett seems exactly the same and is being hung out to dry for some of his comments (or their interpretations) for no good reason.
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    FWIW, before the lockout, both sides reportedly agreed on a deal that would limit third-round picks to three-year deals, with RFA status in the fourth year.

    Also, as some pundit pointed out, with the NFL's new emphasis on concussions, it's quite likely that there will be a decent number of players who are sidelined for a week or two.
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