On Monday, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that former Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett had some things he had to work out before signing with anyone. You'll remember that the 27-year old quarterback tried out for the Ravens after Joe Flacco went down with his knee injury, ultimately not signing with the team until today.
We worked him out a couple of weeks ago. He had a good workout. He had some personal things that he had to work through.
Fans were upset with the idea of signing Ryan Mallett weeks ago when he had tried out for the team and our own Wola Odeniran wrote up an article pointing out that the same Mallett from Houston would be a bad signing for the Baltimore Ravens. His rumored attitude in Houston led to his downfall and being let go from a team that needed a quarterback with Mallett's capabilities.
His departure from the Houston Texans and Bill O'Brien, the offensive coordinator when the New England Patriots selected him in the third round of the 2011 draft, was well documented. O'Brien was rumored to be upset with Mallett for missing a meeting the day after being named the starter, but would not tolerate him missing a team flight to play the Miami Dolphins. While people have speculated on exactly what was going on with the former University of Arkansas star, nothing concrete has been put out. Though you have to imagine that at the least it was partially a maturity issue that led to his problems.
By signing Mallett to a deal that almost assuredly makes him the backup of the future, the Ravens are putting trust in him to have worked out his issues and get himself on track. The final three weeks of Baltimore's 2015 season will do a lot in determining just how much he has grown and if the Ravens' trust was well placed.