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'Payback," Mallett? Really? Get a clue, kid

The Boston Herald did good work in peeling back some layers of Ryan Mallett's personality while visiting with the family of the lightning rod third-round draft pick.

Unfortunately, the newsy portion of this interesting look at Mallett makes the former Arkansas quarterback look like something of an oaf because it includes an account of what Mallett told his family when the Miami Dolphins failed to pick him in the second round of the draft.

Before [New England Patriots coach Bill] Belichick called, the Herald writes, Mallett was almost a Dolphin, as the team informed the family they were interested in trading for him.

“They took another guy,” Jim Mallett said told the paper. “Ryan said, ‘Payback.’ He remembers it all.”

Payback? Really?

Let me count the ways this is simply stupid:

No. 1: As I have reported to you, the Dolphins did indeed attempt to trade up to take Mallett. A club source told me "we tried to get our hands on him" but that the Dolphins simply didn't have enough ammunition they were willing to give to get that high in the third round.

So already, we have a problem. If the Dolphins did indeed phone the Mallett clan to announce they planned to trade up for the QB (a fact I have not been able to verify), then Mallett must have assumed they were trying to do that in the second round. I doubt they told him they were trying to pick him in the second round because they clearly had Daniel Thomas as their target in that round and picked him then. Had they been targetting Mallett, they could have had Mallett because he was available.

So perhaps the team just told Mallett they would try to trade up for him, and he assumed it was in the second round, not realizing the team meant in the third round. Obviously, no one else had Mallett pegged as their second-rounder. Obviously, the Dolphins wanted him in the third round because they tried to get to him in that round. Obviously, we have a failure to communicate here.

And that makes me thankful Mallett is not expected to learn Miami's playbook and be the starting quarterback this year since he and the club can't get their signals straight on something so simple as a phone call.

No. 2: Mallett must have a great, long, elephantine memory. He's going to need it because with Tom Brady as New England's starting quarterback now, Mallett may have to wait a looong time to remember that "payback" pledge. He's likely to be a 30-year-old first-year starting quarterback if things go well for Brady so I assume Mallett will find a way to keep his Spring 2011 payback promise prominent in his mind until the Fall of 2017.

Ridiculous.

No. 3: Does this kid have zero foresight? Does he not recognize the NFL is an odd fraternity? By promising to collect "payback" on the Dolphins, he has possibly closed the door to any future with the Dolphins. What happens if he's a free agent in five years? What happens if the Dolphins were to reconsider things and want to trade for him next year? What were to happen if Jeff Ireland got a job running another NFL team and needed a quarterback when Mallett's available? Mallett's comments might turn off Ireland and thus close off a possible avenue of escape from duty as Brady's caddy. Think, kid, think!

No. 5: Ryan Mallett's desire for payback meet Bill Belichick's intolerance of individualism. Bill Belichick's intolerance of individualism, meet your newest project, Ryan Mallett's desire for payback. Patriot lobotomy on the horizon.

No. 5: One of the reasons NFL teams did not invest a first round pick or a second round pick in Mallett is his disposition. I reported to you the Dolphins were not absolutely sold on his personality in order to pick him higher than the third round. Well, if the adversity of not getting selected where he expected set Mallett off, what might the adversity of getting his nose knocked off his face during a game do when his team needs him back in the lineup for a possible fourth-quarter comeback? Vowing revenge for a draft slight is one thing. Brady did that. But Brady didn't speak of it for years, until he had already established himself and it became lore rather than news on profootballtalk.

Mallett brought this perceived slight to light less than a week after the draft ended and before he's ever taken a snap. It makes him look petty, particularly since he won't be able to do very much about it unless Brady gets hurt.

There's nothing about this vow of "payback" that makes Ryan Mallett look heroic. And if he doesn't get that, perhaps he should add that to the reasons he was a third-round pick rather than the first-rounder his natural football gifts suggest he would otherwise have been.

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Awfully glad we did not get him. His stats and inconsistency already remind me of Henne, and now I think he might be dumber than Henne on top of it. Why would we need twins?

Looks like someone fears Mr. Ryan Mallett.

I dont think this is a big deal. He said it in his cabin in Arkansas to his father. His father then told the papers.

Last time I checked, you are free in this country to say whatever you want in the confines of your own home, especially to your own family members. If anyone dropped the ball it was his father.

I swear I'm really starting to root for this kid. I'm a Fins fan for life, but all the negativity directed at this KID is making me hope that he does play and does kick our ass- if only to rub it in the face of the media hacks in South Florida who have been blasting him.

In the end, the payback will be directed to the media, when your inboxes forever be cluttered with I-Told-You-So's.

IRELAND LIED TO MALLET ......HE MADE HIM THINK HE PICK HIM UP SO MALLET WENT OUT AND HAD FUN WITH THE CHICKS AND MISSED ALL HIS INTERVIWES WITH THE TITANS .........

He might have a million dollar arm but no question he has a ten cent brain!

This kid continues to shoot himself in the foot. What's to be gained from a comment like that? It makes him look immature and a big mouth! Not exactly what you want from your so called leader. Do you think Bellichik will put up with a second or third stringer who shoots of his lip all the time? This is a marriage that will end badly. I see this guy playing for the Raiders in two or three years and out of the league in less than five. That '10-12 franchise QB' that so many guys on here were touting isn't looking very good right now....and the kid hasn't even played a snap yet...LOL.

ARKANSAS EDUCATION IS NO 51 IN THE COUNTRY ....MALLET IS A RED NECK .

If the Fins called Mallett, prior to the Thomas trade in round 2, saying that they were looking to trade up for him, and Mallett had to sit through the ESPN trade uncertainty until it was revealed that Thomas was the pick (not Mallett), he should want payback. To raise expectations in that way would piss off any competitor. If the Fins called him in round 3, that's a different story. You should find out the facts before you waste time writing an angry op-ed piece on "ridiculous" expectations. If your boss called you telling you he had you in mind for a big raise, "good job" laurels, etc., and minutes later you hear a colleague's phone ring and excited jubilation from your colleague's office, would you say: "Well, the boss must have meant next year"? I think your readers and other competitors would feel differently.

The NFL is full of prima donnas - so why should we be ruffled over this? Aren't there some in our team too? Mallett did say it in private so it should be treated as that. I'm guessing his father was just as pissed that Ireland passed him up - hence the report of his comment.

If anything, Mallett just better realize his place in the pecking order under the likes of Darth Hoodie and Brady.

His comment may come off as cocky, but the other side of the coin is that it shows his confidence in himself. A successful QB needs that chip on their shoulder to lead. I hope Henne will find some this season.

The kid's upset he considered himself a first round talent and didn't go until the third round. He lost MILLIONS!! He's bitter about it.

Maybe if he was able to keep his mouth shut, work hard and learn from two of the best in the game, he might recoup those millions....but he won't...he'll continue to act like a bigshot, shoot his mouth off and ultimately get run of town. Million dollar arm and ten cent brain.

rich we know u are not fins or close to be go back to ur stinking jets this kids want 3rd round 32 team thing he is not good qb
bill take a filer on him if he get good qb then bill look good if not its only 3rd round nothing happen
go back to your stinking jets

Does anyone really care what Mallett has to say?He is not part of the Dolphins,therefore who cares?

Whatever. We should have took this kid in the second round. He will be the best QB in this draft, I said it then, and I'll say it now. I wanted us to take Mallett badly and It goes to show you that we have a reason to be scared of Mallett. Billicheck obviously is.

It's playoff or Bust for this regime. We passed on Ingram, Mallet & Murray and Hankerson. Your draft should generate at least 1 Pro Bowler. But ill be optomistic. I guess. Lol

Much ado about nothing. I'm sure 5 years from now the dolphins FO will be really sore about the payback comment. BFD. Talk about reaching for something to write about. Why is the Herald so concerned with the trite comments of another teams rookie 3rd string QB?

RONCO,

MALLET IS CONSIDERED IN BOSTON AS A THE STEAL OF THE DRAFT .

JUST THINK ABOUT IT THIS WAY ,ANDY DALTON WILL START FOR CINY AND MALLET WILL BE SITTING ON THE BENCH .......... HE WILL LEARN HOW TO A SMART KID ,HE WILL BE SURROUNDED BY BOSTON PEOPLE NOT RED NECK PEOPLE .

Ultimately, I agree with willnyc, WHO CARES? Mando is just hating here, and that's fine (wouldn't be the 1st time).

But I also agree with LA. I wish a QB on OUR team (ahem..Chad Henne) would have a chip on HIS shoulder. HE should want some payback from the Pats making him look like a boy among men the last time they played. He shamed himself so much he got benched for the final game of the year. THAT'S what I'd like to hear, Henne saying, "lookout Patriots, I'm coming after you in 2011."

But, all we hear about Henne is how he blows into Davie in his convertible with his top down, like a movie star or something. I'd rather hear how Henne is organizing a practice for the offense. Instead we hear about showing his arse to a bunch of college kids on Spring Break.

Anyone here REALLY want to compare Mallett and Henne? I'm a Dolfan, but I love competitors, and Mallett sounds like one. Henne sounds like a carnival barker.

MALLET'S DAD SAID , (( THEY PROMISED TO MOVE UP AND PICK MALLET,THEY DIDN'T AND THEY PICKED ANOTHER GUY ))


CLASSIC IRELAND

He did not make this comment to the media. His father did. Way to go DAD!

Maybe he's thinking he's gonna get into a game in the 4th Q with the Patsies up by a bunch and he's gonna throw it into the face of the Fins?

"The Fox and the Grapes," one of Aesop's Fables . It refers to envious behaviour, especially pretending to not care for something one does not or cannot have, a condition called cognitive dissonance.

Wake would break Mallet in half!

TOM BRADY OF MALLET ,

(( HE'S COMIN FROM FROM THE SAME PLACE I CAME FROM,MICHIGAN .I LOVE THAT PICK,MALLET WILL LOOK GREAT IN OUR JERSEY ))......


IN BOSTON ,THE FANS ARE TREATING MALLET AS THEIR FIRST PICK ,BY THE MEDIA AND BY THEIR WEB SITE ,THEY R SURE HAPPY TO HAVE THIS GUY .KRAFT IS KNOWN TO MAKE PLAYERS SHUT THEIR MOUTH IN SHORT NOTICE .

i still say jeffy played belicheat like a grand piano. he was trying to trade up in the 3rd rd to pick mallet. yeah, right. as soon as belicheat got wind of it he was all over it. "i'll steal this kid away from the dolphins and use him against them." good luck with the pelican man billy. he's gonna get those skinny little legs of his broken by cam wake. can you say mommy ryan.

dm1dolphan,


WE R ONLY GOOD IN TALKING ,NO THING ELSE .WE DIDN'T GO TO THE PLAYOFFS FOR YEARS AND WE STILL TALKING LIKE IDIOTS .

MALLET LOOKS LIKE REAL GREAT QB NOT LIKE THIGGY.

aloco,
in the words of oddball, "have some faith baby"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuStsFW4EmQ

hey, where did moriarity go?

I NEVER GO TO YOUTUBE TO WATCH ANY FOOTAGE ABOUT THESE CRAPY PLAYERS,I ONLY WATCH WHEN IT COUNTS,GAME DAY .................

DC,

Good day bud.

Let's see Mallett back up his comments on the field. Right now I just see him as being an immature and whiny little punk. Let's see how all that plays out with Bellichik. He's not one for individualism, as Armando has mentioned and the Pats have ALWAYS been the ultimate 'team', not always the most talented. I don't buy all this stuff we're being fed but others that Mallett and the Pats are the perfect fit....I think they'll be oil and water. Let's find out. I'll remind you that Ryan Leaf was one Hell of a competitor too. the problem is he didn't know how to overcome his shortcomings in the Pro game and got frustrated and gave up. Let's see how Eminem makes out as potentially the third stringer for a year in New England. Will he have all the things necessary to be a good pro...work ethic, good attitude, good teammate, patience, good student etc...I highly doubt it but let's find out.

aloco,
it's not a video of players. it's much better.

By the way, note to Mike Nolan and the defence, you can very easily get inside this kid's head. I don't think the Pats are on our pre-season schedule but it would have been great to have a guy like Crowder jawing at him and having the defene tee off on him. He'll look like he has cement shoes on there. Can't wait to face him!!

GRAIG M,

THE PATS ARE KNOWN FOR PICKING SMART PLAYERS AND MALLET IS ONE HELL OF A QB ....ONCE THE SEASON STARTS HE WILL AND HIS DAD WILL SHUT THEIR MOUTH .............


HE'S A STEAL OF THE LAST 10 DRAFTS .

give me a break. who cares if he said that, he's a competitor and the dolphins seem to do this crap year in and year out with players(as im sure other teams do as well). But the fact that the fins are always involved in some sort of lie or questioning issue or whatever it be makes this organization what it is, mediocre at best and always will be. Parcells did nothing, no one can do a damn thing here. we needed a qb, mallet was the play and we blew it. nice job ireland. not to mention we're an embarassment in the eyes of most b/c of the sparano deal in the offseason, we had issues with Dez Bryant last year, and yet you're singling out Ryan Mallet for saying "payback"...get real and get some journilistic integrity. You're terrible Armondo

here we go. the kid hasn't played a down in the nfl but he's already been annointed KING RYAN of (NEW) England.

GRIG M,


THE PATS ARE STILL BETTER THAN US.WHEN WE BECOME BETTER,START YOUR TRASH TALK .MEAN WHILE ........BACALA .

i wonder if they are going to broadcast the king's big day like they did the royal wedding.

dm1dolphan,

I totally agree that Ireland played with Bellicheat when it came to Mallett. Guys will never give him credit for it because they love to hate on Ireland and praise Bellichik. They'll say something afterwards like 'Oh well, at least they only gave up a third round pick for Mallett', all the time taking our FO to task for wasting a pick on Turner. The old double standard again...

MIKE NOLAN MY FOOT......HE GOT GOOD DEFENSIVE PLAYERS AND THEY WERE 50/50 LAST YEAR WITH 1-7 AT HOME ......STOP MAKING MIKE NOLAN A SAINT,HE ANOTHER MEATBALL COACH .

HOW ANY ONE SAY IRELAND PLAYED BILLICHEAT WITHOUT ANY ONE PLAYS A MINUTE YET ............ BACALA

2012 Mock draft up on CNNSI. Three QBs going in the top five and two tackles. To me those are the two positions the team will target in next years draft, assuming things don't improve a lot for Henne in 2011.

Time to start trumpeting the need for a QB in 2012 from most of the guys on here...Start your engines gentlemen...

Incidentally, Don Banks has us picking 13, which will likely mean Sparano gone and likely Henne with him.

aloco,
mike nolan isn't a saint. he's a knight. i saw the ceremony. he is sir michael nolan of dolfinland.

How many other teams blogs spend the whole day talking about another teams 3rd string QB? Pathetic.

In other news....

Don Shula made a radio appearance Wednesday afternoon, and made it clear that he doesn’t hold much esteem for former Dolphins boss Bill Parcells, who signed on as the team’s executive vice president of football operations in December of 2007 and left last September despite more than a year remaining on his contract.

Parcells still collected his full $16 million compensation last September, and even helped consult for the 49ers late in the season even though he was supposed to be a consultant for the Dolphins. Shula, who called head coach Tony Sparano “a good guy and a hard-working guy,” lamented that Parcells left the Dolphins before finishing the turnaround job he was hired to do.

“I don’t think much of him. I’m not a big Parcells fan,” Shula said. “He was here and I guess tried to get it done, but it didn’t happen. And he’s moved on, and that’s been his history.”

When further pressed about what he doesn’t like about Parcells, Shula said, “I don’t want to spend any more time on that.”

It sure seems that NEXT year will have a MUCH better crop of QB talent. Maybe Ireland knew what he was doing along doubters...

DMIDOLPHAN.........


A GUY HAVING A LITTE GOOD YEAR AND HE BECOMES THE JESUS CHRIST OF FOOTBALL........GET A GRIP......DID YOU FORGET 1-7 AT HOME WITH FLYING COLORS ?

ronco,
love your pocket fisherman. how's ron doing these days?

aloco. sounds like you want to S mallett's D!

SHUALA IS JELOUS OF THE TUNA FOR ONE REASON;;;;;;


1- HE WON AS MANY SB AS HIM
2- TUNA MADE ABOUT 4 MILLION A YEAR THE LAST 10 YEARS PLUS OTHER SOURCES WHILE SHUALA MADE 300,000 A YEAR AS COACH ,PLUS 26 DOLLRS FROM NUTRI SYSTEM .

ZEIK IS A DIRTY RED NECK

What's up Craig? You're right, Mallett has proven nothing yet. This is just the kid puffing out his chest, and like someone said, it'll be nice to see Wake or someone else knock his block off. Frankly, we ain't getting him (now or probably ever), so I'm more concerned with my QB.

But I like guys with chips on their shoulder. Brady plays with a chip on his shoulder, Wake does, Harrison (Steelers) does, Marvin Harrison (Colts) played that way. These are great, great players. My point is less about Mallett, and more about the attitude I'd like to see on this (OUR) team. Guys who are hungry to win, hate to lose, and staying within the rules, play hard and make teams hate to see them. Miami (defense) plays like that. I'd love to see that style of play from our offense.

it is all great to sit here and talk about how STUPID it was to not take a chance on a guy like mallet in the 3rd rd and then talk about how bad our draft was.
we sit here defending the draft picks while others trash who we got in the draft this year because they don't fell that pouncey is a good o-lineman or thomas is a fumbling rb but they think ryan mallet is the be all and end all of the qb class. nobody knows for sure what this guy is going to do in the nfl. all i know is he has a cannon for an arm but not much else. he doesn't seem to have much going on upstairs. what i don't like about the kid is how he plays against the better competition.

personally, i applaud jeff ireland for making the choices he did and he made solid picks for this team in his first year without parcells.

Henne just needs someone to challenge him
Henne just needs a better QB coach
Henne just needs an OC that understands football
Henne just needs an oline that can block
Henne just needs a running back that can run
Henne just needs a fast WR
Henne just needs a seam threat TE

Has it ever occured to anyone that what Henne needs to succeed is a team so good they don't even need a QB?

Love this post Mando.. love it..

Please forward this to Cam Wake - just in case Mallett gets some preseason action.

I agree with Don Shula.

Image, we don't play NE in the preseason.

the mallett comment was said in private to his dad. most of us would say the same thing as a senior in college. the kid wanted to be a dolphin just like alot of other talent ireland missed out on. he's a competitor and said what he felt at the time in private. as far as the fins go,we gotta do our talking on the field. our team has quit the last 2 seasons in the last 4-5 games of the year. it was very embarassing and unacceptable. things have to change in the FO but i believe its business as usual. i know the old-timers dont like it!

So I guess Mallet is going to make us pay in the year 2016 when e actually get's to see the field.

DC, good comment at 2:00. jets and pats play with attitude. we need to prove some football toughness on the field. rex drafts attitude and passion. we draft prototypical size etc. we quit which pisses alot of fans off. i wish henne had bradys attitude.

Good for Ryan. Shouldn't be that much of a problem for him to back up his words either, if Brady is injured or otherwise incapacitated...

I mean he's talking about payback on a team which doesn't have, and doesn't value quarterbacks. Easy pickins.

ronco,
if you were to look at some of the other qb's who played the game and were considered successes in this league you would find that there were plenty of them who had difficult times in their first few years as starting qb's. their teams didn't give up on them and they are probably glad about that. henne deserves more of a chance. it's very easy to rest all of the blame on his head but, if you do, you're not being completely honest about the situation.
we've been over this before with o-line dessimated by injuries, the lack of a running game, poor game planning on the part of the oc, no pass protection, receivers falling on the ground or tipping passes resulting in int's.
i'm just as tired of the losing as the next guy but i'm not going to advocated throwing away all of the work that was done to turn this team around since ireland has been here in favor of bringing in a new regime and starting from scratch all over again. that, in my opinion, is why there is not consistency with this team. too much turnover.
it's time to stop being irrational about the situation because we have had so many people coming in and doing nothing with this team. we're all frustrated by the lack of winning but i see the light at the end of the tunnel. this team had a good draft this year and has been aggressive in acquiring free agents that can have an impact. the current regime has done a hell of a lot more to right the ship than any other before it. therefore, i say stay the course. let jeff pick up what he can in FA this year and see what he does in the draft and in FA next year.
this team is close; really close. i'm not saying the fins will win the superbowl this year or next year but i do believe that we will see some better results in 2011. i also believe that 2012 will be a defining moment for this franchise because it will mark the year of its return to prominence and the beginning of it, once again, becoming a perennial playoff team.
now, that just be my opinion but i can't see it any other way. it's not that i prefer not to accept reality it's because i can see the direction the team is going, the skill of the players they are putting on the roster and the commitment from management to acquire players who can help this team return to its former greatness.

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