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Billick: Mallett Must Mature Mentally

Former Super Bowl-winning coach Brian Billick is examining the quarterbacks in this year’s draft for Baltimore radio station WNST-AM.  Former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett received his latest once-over.

Billick writes that Mallett “has all the tools to be successful at the next level.”  And then comes the but:

Mallett will need to mature most on the mental side of the game.  For a professional athlete, especially a franchise quarterback, this mental maturation process is both off the field and on the field.  Off the field, his character has been dissected and his unwillingness to answer drug-related questions at the NFL Combine only fueled the fire.  To me, this is awfully reminiscent of Ryan leaf as he struggled to find his way in the NFL.

No player wants to draw comparisons to Leaf.  Unfortunately for Mallett, Billick’s not the first person to draw that parallel.  The ex-Ravens coach also believes Mallett has some mental work to do on the field when it comes to hot reads, audibles, and coverage reads.

In order to do all these things, he will need to spend hours in film study and commit himself to nothing other than football season after season.  I am not sure he is mentally prepared for that right now.

This is all just one man’s opinion, of course.  But there are a lot of other “one man’s” out there right now who happen to view Mallett as Billick does.

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