McCoy’s Quarterback Of The Future: Ryan MallettJune 26th, 2014
Bucs superstar Gerald McCoy has very firm opinions when it comes to quarterbacks.
And one of the more interesting ones was delivered this offseason via an NFL.com podcast.
(Joe really enjoys summer, when Joe can dig into his stack of untouched, old Bucs nuggets. Players report back for training camp in just 28 days! But there’s still plenty of interest in the meantime.)
McCoy sat down with goofy Dave Dameshek and opened up on various NFL topics. No. 93 planted a flag for the future of Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, who is entering the final year of his contract as understudy — with rookie Jimmy Garoppolo lurking on the Pats roster.
“Ryan Mallett, I’ve watched Ryan Mallett because we practiced against him the last couple of years. Ryan Mallett is going to be special whoever he plays for. He’s a Tom Brady in the making,” McCoy said.
“And I really love Tom Brady. I’ve watched this guy prepare in practice over the past couple of years. And my respect for that guy went to an all-time high because I’ve watched. It’s easy to watch a person in the game. But when you see how a person prepares throughout the week or through in an offseason, I haven’t seen him in the offseason, but I do watch the way he prepares in practice. And his focus in practice, how it’s not a joke to him. He’s not talking between plays. And when he’s in, he’s in. He’s zoned in. He’s locked in.”
Joe was intrigued to hear McCoy’s take on Mallett and Brady. It was also good to hear that McCoy, and hopefully other Bucs, got something out of those joint practice session with Bill Belicheat and New England.
While every last Bucs fan is praying Tampa Bay has figured out its quarterback situation for 2014 — and beyond — with the anticipated career year ahead for Josh McCown, Mallett, 26, could be a guy the Bucs consider if Bucs QBs don’t get it done this year.
Keep in mind Bucs general manager Jason Licht was Bill Belicheat’s right-hand personnel guy when Mallett was selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. And Licht just hired Jon Robinson, the Patriots director of college scouting for the past five years. There’s a lot of knowledge of Mallett in the Bucs front office.
For those curious, in the podcast, McCoy named Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Brady as elite NFL quarterbacks.