New England has a future Hall of Fame quarterback. Tom Brady continues to play at an elite level. Backup Ryan Mallett has come up in trade speculation. We never get many details on the Patriots, but we know they are always up to something. Logic would suggest that the Texans are interested, since their head coach used to be Bill Belichick’s offensive coordinator. Bill O’Brien and the front office selected Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina’s freak athlete at defensive end.
O’Brien took the opportunity presented by Penn State, following that unfortunate coaching scandal involving the late Joe Paterno, whether famous or infamous. Leaving a championship caliber Patriots franchise, entering the middle of fire at a fallen college, he was the perfect man for the job and laid down a new foundation. His efforts were recognized as the Texans dialed his number to make him their new leader. Houston had won the AFC South division the past few years, making playoff appearances, and appeared to enter the elite group of teams. Last season they recorded the worst record, 2-14 resulted in getting the first pick in the draft.
Matt Schaub was previously at the helm, the former Pro Bowler struggled last year that shuffled him in and out of the lineup. Houston traded him to Oakland, currently placing Case Keenum as the starter for now. Keenum started half the games in his rookie season, T.J. Yates started a handful of 2011 games including a playoff win, and they signed journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason. Fitzpatrick started three seasons for Buffalo before splitting time with Jake Locker in Tennessee last year.
Mallett used to work closely and daily with O’ Brien, as he is still learning the ropes and following Belichick and Brady’s lead. An interesting prospect to target, championship franchise, in the film room and playbook with the great Tom Brady, getting pushed at practice by the great Bill Belichick, the kid was in the running for the Heisman Trophy back at Arkansas.
The thing is, rumors are swirling because the Patriots just drafted Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois in the second round. You know what, there is nothing wrong with being loaded. One day a capable backup plays and comes through, as established by New England, or you get a high draft pick via trade. The goal is to run the business side hand-in-hand with on the field product, to address how to currently win while giving direction to the future. This team has been the class of the NFL for over a decade, they certainly know what they are doing.
Entering his 16th season, Brady started a 14of them. He only threw three passes his rookie year, and eleven before injuring his knee in the 2008 season opener. Age is something that nobody can escape, and an injury can occur at any point. New England believes in Mallett’s ability and preparation to fill in when called upon, to keep the ship sailing. When Brady went down for the year, Matt Cassel guided the slay to 10 wins, and actually missed the postseason.
The rookie quarterback, Garappolo, would most likely have to prove that he can be the heir to the throne. With the team behind the scenes, if he excels as rapid as they hope he can, then Mallett would likely be moved next offseason. As of right now, Mallett gives the team the best chance to win, if anything happened to Thomas the Incumbent.
Once again, New England reloaded, as well as set themselves up for Super Bowl contention and beyond.