With the NFL combine upon us, the media sharks are swarming and Ryan Mallett is doing his best doggie-paddle to get away from the frenzy. Focusing on recent drug allegations, reporters immediately began grilling him looking for a headline. “First one, huh?” said Mallett (referring to the first question), “No, I’m not going to talk about that right now.”
As questions continued, Mallett explained that he didn’t want to discuss the allegations because he is unable to “control” the fact that they are circulating. Honestly, I can’t say I blame the guy for not wanting to discuss the subject. I mean, shouldn’t we be talking about football and the combine, anyway?
With that said, there were a few questions pertaining to football, even if some could have been considered veiled jabs. One reporter asked Mallett to respond to concerns about his in-game decisions (supposedly, some around the NFL feel he tends to make mistakes at critical junctures in the game). He retorted, “Seven thousand-plus yards and 60 touchdowns in two seasons. That’s how I respond to that.”
Well done, Ryan. Well done.
Call it cocky or immature, as most in the media are dubbing it (you may want to listen to the way he said it, though, because the print doesn’t translate well), but Mallett put up big numbers at Arkansas and the numbers speak for themselves. Regardless of how the media tries to spin it, Ryan’s retort was matter of fact and un-cocky (like a defense hurrying a QB and right when he’s about to go down, he dumps it off to the uncovered running back for a 30 yard gain). For that, we give him a “Cool” for this presser. Oh, and to those thinking he hurt his draft value with this presser (or with these unsubstantiated allegations), don’t be FOOLish. That’s how I respond to that.
To hear Ryan’s interview, watch: