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Comparing and contrasting Pryor and Mallett

Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:07 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2011 12:07 pm
PryorPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Rookie quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Terrelle Pryor are not so dissimilar. Both were third round draft picks -- Mallett last April and Pryor in the supplemental draft -- and both come to the NFL with character marks that have been branded on them by a lack of discipline.

Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole compares the two and tries to explain why they will or will not succeed with the team that drafted them.

And while we’ve already discussed how these two players will affect their teams as rookies, Cole presents some interesting theories.

Yeah, it doesn’t take a soothsayer to predict that Pryor might be in trouble now that the Raiders have their paws on him, but Cole writes that Pryor’s biggest career problem is that nobody has had the audacity to tell him no. Not in high school and not former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.

While Raiders coach Hue Jackson will try to make his mark on Pryor, it’s also documented that Oakland owner Al Davis doesn’t exactly back up his coaches when it comes to disciplining his players. Writes Cole: “Davis picked [JaMarcus] Russell, seeing him as the second-coming of [Jim] Plunkett from an athletic perspective. Davis then let Russell run wild over coaches Lane Kiffin and Tom Cable. Those coaches tried to discipline Russell from time to time, but Davis either waived the fines or didn’t do anything until it was way too late.”

And we all know where Russell is these days (well, actually we don’t, which is kind of the point).

R. Mallett is adjusting to his new surroundings in New England (Getty).Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t have a problem letting his players know the way he wants things done, which means Mallett will have to adjust. And Cole has another interesting tidbit about all the partying Mallett is alleged to have done before training camp began. Writes Cole: “Aside from the sordid tales of him from college, the latest story about him was the all-night partying he did at the NFL Players Association rookie symposium in Sarasota, Fla., in July, according to two sources.”

Which probably isn’t a good idea, especially if the biggest predraft concern by teams -- and probably the reason he slipped to the third round -- was because of his off-the-field behaviors.

You can’t be stupid and play quarterback in the NFL, and right now, the jury is still out on how much sense Mallett has in his brain.

So, aside from what round they were drafted and the concerns about their character, you have to wonder how we’ll be discussing Pryor and Mallett five years from now. Obviously, there’s now way to tell, but if we’re discussing which of the quarterbacks has a better chance to succeed on where he was drafted, you’d have to give the nod to Mallett at this point.

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 5:08 pm

Comparing and contrasting Pryor and Mallett

If both were black or both were white, most people comparing them would see a lot more similarities.  They just manifest in different ways.  Both are addicted to their egos.  Both think rules are for the "little people."  Neither fulfulled his potential.  Both lost their poise when things didn't go their way.  Both were divas about where they wanted to attend school.  And Michigan wasn't "good enough" for either of them.  Both are momma's boys.  Only one has been proven to take illegal benefits, but the one who hasn't DID play in the SEC.   

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 4:10 pm

Comparing and contrasting Pryor and Mallett

BIg Katz..well said......I'd take pryor over newton and saved myself ALOT of money in the process.  As far as Mallet...he can throw one ball....the fade....maybe behind an O line he'll be okay but otherwise this guy is a statue in the backfield.....and won't b any better than jimmy clausen.

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:43 pm

Comparing and contrasting Pryor and Mallett

Why compare these two? Pryor and Mallet play two totally different styles of football. Pryor should be compared to Newton if anyone out of this draft class. I think given the chance Mallet will do just fine slinging te rock. The problem will be getting the chance behind Brady. I am seriously confused when it comes to Pryor and Newton though. The experts all rave over Newton and he was taken with the 1st pick. They pick Pryor apart and give him almost no chance. Here is what confuses me. You have tons of game film on Pryor and he has won a bunch of games. You have 1 season worth of games on Newton and he was put in a totally different type of offense than Pryor so he could use his legs more. If you watched the game against the Bengals (who has a secondary in total flux) Newton looked lost throwing the ball. I am not saying Pryor will be the better pro, but I just don't see Newton being that much better.

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