Much has been made about the performance of backup quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett over the last few days.
With both signal-callers performing well in the 47-12 pre-season victory over the Jaguars, some are even calling for one of them to be traded.
While we would caution before jumping to conclusions after a pre-season game against an over-matched opponent, we were very impressed with how Hoyer and Mallett have played.
We were not, however, surprised. Hoyer has developed very well over the last few years, and Mallett was a top 15 player for us last year.
This sort of abundance of talent at the quarterback position makes fans antsy, where the see under-utilized talent that could be traded away for other pieces of the puzzle – such as another pass-rusher or corner.
So what will the Patriots do with their quarterback “problem”? We say nothing.
Keeping Hoyer and Mallett as backups this season just makes sense. If a backup quarterback is pressed into action, you want Brian Hoyer in there to give a team that is loaded in other areas the best chance to succeed.
You also want to keep Mallett around. In our opinion, Mallett is a franchise quarterback – whether it be in New England or elsewhere.
In the spring of 2012, the Patriots can begin to quietly shop Hoyer (who will be a RFA) around for the right price – likely a 3rd rounder and change. Those asking for a 1st-rounder (or more) aren’t going to find that market.
Kevin Kolb, Matt Cassel, and Charlie Whitehurst are the closest comparisons you could make, and none of them went for a first.
What would you do with Hoyer and Mallet in 2011 and beyond?