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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.


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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Mallett can say what he wants- but our defense will punch him in the mouth the minute he steps on the field. In fact- I might take a 15 yard penalty to accidently run onto the patriots sidelines to take him out while he's sitting the bench. I'm not sure his comments did anything but excite our defense when the time comes many, many years down the road.

john daly and ryan mallett rule!

In South Florida Mullet is bait fish!!!!!

Last time Fins used a high pick on a quarterback with a rocket arm, leadership issues, low mobility, they got Henne. Don't think Mallet is as good as Henne. Thank goodness we did not get Mallett. Lets go 0-16 and get the QB from Stanford.

Fast Eddie, 1st to agree with me!





Finatic 13, your the idiot. I said "should". Hope u don't get Dementia.

Is there any real evidence, proof Mallett was out partying and blew off interviews? Until now I have seen nothing but reporters suggestions. No picture, no witness, haven't seen anything. Point me to it if it exists, otherwise, its just fantasy.

Hmmm...he seems immature at this stage of his life...he is young and full of himself...agreed...

BUT....that doesnt mean he doesnt have TALENT and plenty of it...he is going to get some really good MENTORING and COACHING in the next say 2 years before he is required to produce results....This could actually turn his immaturity around quite quickly...

I think this kid has SERIOUS talent...and if harnessed correctly can he become a FRANCHISE QB?...YES he can...very definitely...forget all the nonsense being spouted TODAY from a fresh faced college KID...give him a few years with the seniors in a pro environment...many turn it around...many do not...

Im not convinced this kid is BRAIN DEAD just yet...As I said, if they can get INSIDE this kids head and he matures...they have a SERIOUS QB on their hands....

You know what, whatever with this whole article. The dolphins have passed up plenty of picks they should have made due to their incompetence over the past 5 years! Fact is, they were too stupid, yet again, to pull the trigger on the MOST IMPORTANT POSITION on the team. The coule have gotten a QB at #15 put they opted for a lineman (WHO COULD HAVE BEEN AVAILBALE LATER) to protect the cheese-dip of a QB they have now. THe dolphins STINK as a whole. No directv NFL pass for me this year. I refuse to waste ANY money supporting a dead product with stupid management and lame duck coaches now. A freaking center as a 1st round pick?....gimme a break!!

Odin - Glad someone agrees with me - I was feeling lonely. Derek got really mad at me over on the PBP blog and I almost cried... :-)

I really hope that Gallery is on their radar. Tony should be salivating.

True blogger style: Remember that I was the first to mention this so I will make sure I remind everybody that I came up with the idea of bringing in Gallery, so when it happens, you know that Tony listens to me and I have the inside scoop. I am much better than Butterface Volin and Omar Pimphat. Oh, and I hate Joe Rose. He'll probably steal my Gallery scoop and not give me credit. Not that I would say that to his face because he's, well, a lot bigger than I am and he scares me.

Miami's drafts the past few years have been perfectly ordinary by NFL standards, with the same number of hits and misses as 90% of the rest of the league. I'm not particularly defending Ireland here, but the suggestion (by some) that he is clueless and/or Miami has been having astoundingly inept drafts is simply not supported by the facts,

I get more scoops than Baskin Robbins...

I agree and disagree Pete... I would say that we have not taken ANY big chances on big-time "playmakers"...we've always went for the safe pick..or the wrong pick a la pat white. So really where's the BANG players you speak of...and please don't say our pro bowl O-lineman either, he isn't gonna be scoring TD's or running a 4.2 40....

1. Last I checked Said told the paper is not proper English!!! Learn to write it's your job.

2. The number 6 comes after 5 so not only can you not spell but you can't count either lol.

3. Your hatred towards Mallet is evident and has been for quite some time now. You and every other writer black balled this guy from day one. He makes a comment to his father and having nothing better to do with your spare time you decide to bash him again. Fact is he has the same right to voice his opinion as you do and honestly him showing a little fire about the situation shows he's a competitor. I didn't find the comment to be all that bad honestly.

4. He was just drafted into the NFL and for good reason. His stats were off the charts and his arm was by far the best in this draft. I for one am dreading the day he takes over for Brady because he will more than likely succeed under that other organization's watch.

5. I think you just don't like him because he turned you down for a date on your a.m. radio show. Get over it or get some therapy or something. Face it he just doesn't like you either. I'm sorry but it's the truth.

We passed on Nicks, Manningham , Marcus Cholston, Hankerson & Shockey. Now add Bess & Marshall. Ireland is Retarded. We could've had the best WR core in the game. :(

Oh yeah and 4 comes after 3 lol! I can't believe I actually read this crap.

Fins dont need any more "Mentally Handicapped" People on the team, Ireland,Fisty,Henne,Crowder are enough...., Anymore the mighty fins would have to get one of those really short yellow buses.....

Cowkilla, I don't disagree with your assessment at all. Just saying the full drafting picture the past few years isn't NEARLY as bleak as some people portray it and it can be proven in comparison to the rest of the NFL. Perception often trumps reality, however. After all, there was a time not so long ago that half of Americans believed Iraq was responsible for 9/11, too.

You guys R great goodnight!

Payback for mallet???*lmao*

Yea sure kid, now go hold bradys clipboard already and we'll see you in 10 yrs......MAYBE???!!!!*lMAO*

You tell em Armando!

Can someone offer Aloco a job? Perhaps at the fish farm, perhaps at the white house, any thing to get him off our site, stay up north. Bill

Becareful of a person who carries a chip on his shoulder and fire in his belly....we had a QB like that, his name was Marino.

Big Deal, he's a kid. He'll grow up and if he'sa free agent and the dolphins want him, he will change his tune. You act like no one has ever acted this way in the history of the NFL. Half this league plays with a chip on their shoulder.

he must have been on his cocaine that day. first you have to get off the drugs, then actually get on the field, then actually perform, then actually beat us. Well, you get the idea

I coul not of had said it better myself dm1dolphan.. I also like the direction Ireland is taking us.. Address needs with great potential..

lol@payback...now sit on the bench and wear the headset and relay the plays to brady wait thats the backup qb's job your 3rd on the depth chart...just sit there and look dumb kid we will get back to you in about 10 years when Brady is done lol

Mallet is lucky. He is in the right place. New England has the luxury to train him, to educate his slow brain so that it comes up to a level with his physical gifts, to have an atmosphere of excellence to grow up in. Eventually he may prove to be pretty good. Had he come to Miami he would have been thrust into a QB controversy, likely neither the coaching attention nor the organization to teach him how to play at the Pro level, he would be hanging out at South Beach - all the sorts of pressure an immature athlete like him needs to hang himself. New England is excellent now and is building for the future. Miami's staff has to perform now and is still filling holes with little long term strategy. All in all things worked out as they should have. I just hope that the Miami draftees all turn out to be solid and that some turn out to be brilliant choices and move Miami to the point of being a complete and well stocked team that can then start building for the future.

Aloco, you obviously know nothing about Arkansas. You see, we are not a bunch of rednecks. Maybe you root for a college team who can't beat the Hogs and name calling is your way of "payback." Mallett said what most of us would have said, especially since he appeared to have been misled by the Dolphins. I personally think his dad should have kept his mouth shut. I am a Razorback fan, a Dolphins fan, and I do not like the Patriots! I wanted Mallett to go to Miami and was not happy when he went to NE. I'm sure he's disappointed, because he knows he won't get to play for several years unless Brady gets hurt. That would cause anyone to be upset, if they are a player who wants to be on the field and not carrying a clipboard and wearing a baseball cap on the sidelines. He made some mistakes while he was a Hog, but he also did some very good things. In the future, before you start spouting off and calling people dumb rednecks, make sure you know what you're talking about, because in this case, it's obvious you don't.

Mallett is the lovechild of Ryan Leaf and Jeff George and Todd Marinovich is his uncle.

Wow, hater gonna hate eh Mando? Aloco, DO NOT READ, TOO LONG FOR YOU MAN.

You are sweating a young and confident college kid for making the statement to his father "I will make them pay for not drafting me!".

NEWSFLASH! This just in... doesn't most every draft that goes by have about 3-7 players say that? It is par for the course, especially since it sounds like the Jeffy and the FO was at it again talking about drafting the kid.

Don't you think it's odd that you are bagging on the kid that by your own accounts Ireland was trying to trade for? I mean if they wanted the kid bad enough they could have gotten him. That is, unless Boss Ross said don't trade away all our future picks to save your own hydes. Maybe just the angst caused by NOT having a 2nd rounder this year caused him to bite the Mallet, er bullet and not trade away future picks?

Is it just me or is Ireland ALWAYS in some player acquisition controversy? Pitt Safety Clark comes all the way over to sign as our starting safety and then storms out saying it was a bad fit? Huh?

Dez Bryant question "Is(was) your mother a prostitute?" WTH???

Telling Mallet we are going to trade up and get you and then... crickets?

Seems like odd goings on to me? How many other clubs have these things popping up with this regularity?

Craig M is Jeff Ireland related to you? You defend him as much as anyone on the board. You been thrashing Mallet since jump street and have now put in $57.97 worth of your two cents worth on what a bad kid he is and how you don't like him. We get it, you don't like him, that's your take.

In your post speaking of QBs for 2012... won't that be just dandy if this "make the whole team around Henne awesome so HE can succeed" plan fails? We will be drafting a QB next year to start in another 1-2 years...killer! Even if a 2012 drafted QB was drafted and forced to start in his 1st year that typicaly means the lumps get served for at least a year. Those that wanted Mallet or whomever was their QB choice this year to pressure Henne wanted some of those learning curve lumps to be taken in 2011 in case the Henne prop up plan failed.

As any other win starved Fins fan I want the Fins to succeed. I don't believe fans have to blindly follow all the moves a manger, GM, scout, or owner make and clap all the time to be a fan. While I would never boo a Fins player at his home stadium it is just fine to vent on a blog dealing with Fins player personnel moves.

My skin crawls as I think of the Pats putting the Fins on lockdown for a decade more if Mallet is the player I think he will be. If Brady plays for a long time it will be because they are still winning with him. How did the Rams find Kurt Warner? Oh injury... How did Cassel get traded for a draft pick bonanza? Oh yeah, injury.

I will stab the NE voodoo doll furiously and I hope the football Gods answer...that is IF we have football.


How do we know that Tom Brady -- while he was crying during the draft -- never said to his father "payback" or anything else along the lines of making all those teams that didn't pick him pay for not picking him? Are you f'n serious?

Why does Ireland have to alienate -and not pick-talented players-Des Bryant and now-Mallet. He would rather pick 11 linemen who don't pass, run, or catch anything but Mr. Ross millions.

This is idiotic. We traded up for Thomas and should have picked mallet.

hey he looked good last nite-f u haters.

mallett will burn fish when he gets chance-he is a stud.

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