Re: Ryan Mallet: Can he be a 6'7
posted at 12/18/2013 1:04 AM EST
Coke can kill. And I may be dumb. But I am not a Jets troll, I promise.
This is a serious, albeit a knowingly far-fetched, idea. The Patriots use to do this with Mike Vrabel all the time, and Mallet is actually taller than Vrabel, and nearly the same weight. I don't know much about Mallett's overall athleticism, but he is a professional athlete in the NFL, right? No idea what his catching abilities are like, but who would have thought a linebacker like Vrabel would be good in these exact type of redzone situations? Feel free to mock the stupidity of the quetion if you like, but I would like to know the actual reason it would not work (risk of injury too high, has terrible hands, etc.), if only to further my understanding of the game. Again, I am not saying I think this would definitely work, but why would it NOT work? Thanks.
To refresh your memory about Vrabel (from Wikipedia):
"Vrabel frequently checked in as a tight end in short-yardage situations, which made him an eligible receiver. Belichick took advantage of this in Super Bowl XXXVIII: in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Vrabel, making Vrabel the first defensive player to score a Super Bowl touchdown on offense since William "Refrigerator" Perry."
Despite Brady's penchant for throwing to Vrabel in such situations, teams were often unable to cover Vrabel properly. In Super Bowl XXXIX, Vrabel caught a 2-yard touchdown pass despite being held by Philadelphia's Jevon Kearse; The reception made him one of 17 players to catch two or more touchdown passes in Super Bowls.
Vrabel finished with twelve career receptions, all for 1- or 2-yard touchdowns (one in 2002, two in 2004, three in 2005, and two in 2007 in the regular season, and one each in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX) with the Patriots and one in 2009 and 2010 with the Chiefs (thrown by former Patriot Matt Cassel)."