You don’t have to be a Patriots fan to remember that in 2008 Tom Brady was knocked out in the first game. He only played a half that season and the Pats ended with a record of 11-5 (the best record ever to not make the playoffs). Matt Cassel was the QB then, the starter for the Kansas City Chiefs now, and is probably a top fifteen QB. Which is not that bad.
I would like to ask if the Pats have the next Brady, but that is not realistic. But Matt Cassel and an 11-5 records is not as much of a stretch. But who the heck is the Patriots backup QB? Tom Brady is one of the most durable dominant QB’s in NFL history. If you take out the ’08 season, Brady has never missed a start since taking Bledsoe’s job. So there has been no need for a Shaun Hill or Tannehill, Garrard, Moore trio.
First of all, the Pats have found a state to get their QB’s from. All three QB’son the roster are from Michigan schools (at least at one point int their careers). Brian Hoyer played for Michigan State. He started the full season his senior year and had a solid year. Ryan Mallet played for U of M. I am from Michigan and he surrounded that sports talk for weeks.
He left Michigan after Rodriguez started as head coach and implemented the spread (dumbest thing ever). Not to many people ever wanted him to leave, but he and his dad made several comments about why Mallet should have been the starter. They caused much controversy. However, Mallet went on to play exceptional football in Arkansas. He had two thirty touchdown seasons, over 220 completions each season, and a near Heisman Trophy. He has all the profile and stats that one would want.
When it comes down to pure draft cost, Mallert should be the number two. He was the highest drafter Pats QB since Drew Bledsoe. Hoyer, on the other hand, was undrafted. He beat out three other men to gain the spot he is in today. This sounds like a Pats quality.
However, Hoyer beat out a O’Connell, a, more than likely, free agent who will not be signed. There other two, one plays in the Arena Football League, and the other does not play. Mallet probably would have beat them out as well. However, Mallert is younger so has not had the same opportunities as Hoyer.
Hoyer,currently, has higher trade value. If the Pats were looking to only keep two QB’s, as they have the last few years, than Hoyer would be the smarter trade. He would bring more in than what the Pars had to give up for him. He has played more NFL games and even lead the Pats to a victory after being down by 21 in a preseason game. He has shown patience and proven know how. The Pats may be able to get a third round draft pick.
This backup QB is different than a few years ago with Cassel. In ’08 Brady was four years younger and had a hundred less hits to the head. They were not looking for their next starting QB. But now, the Pats have to look ahead to 2014-2015. Mallert, on paper, is a clear favorite. He slipped down to the third round and should have been a first round pick. He has a better arm and can throw more touchdowns. But, believe it or not, I am going to go with Hoyer.
He has that Bellichick “it” factor. He plays good despite what everyone else seems to think. He is getting better and better. Also, he is loyal. He did not start a ruckus when he did not start, but, instead, waited his turn. He does not feel entitled, and has no DUI. In Detroit, everyone compared Mallert to a mini TO. If the Pats loose Brady they cannot afford to bring in a drama queen. If they can get something good for Hoyer- take it. If they think Mallert is completely mature- keep him. But if things are how I think they are, see what Hoyer can do.
About the Author
Written by Adam Sharp
I have always loved The Pats and I have always loved writing.