I had the pleasure of joining Mike Meltser and Seth Payne on SportsRadio 610's "MAD Radio" this morning to sing the praises of Christian Hackenberg (again) before the topic of discussion inevitably shifted into defending my...uh...let's call it "unfortunate" past evaluation of the last Texans quarterback that I decreed to be the savior of the franchise, Ryan Mallett. You can watch that now disastrously misleading video right here to get a look at how wrong I can be sometimes before heading on over to the MAD Radio page to hear my defense. If you would rather snicker in relative silence, you can read the transcript below:
"I should have seen it coming. I kind of stand by the evaluation in terms of the physical skillset and intelligence still being there for Ryan Mallett. He was making good decisions and he was throwing the ball well. It's just the matter that his accuracy issues...which are different than Hackenberg's issues. Mallett's accuracy issues were caused by the fact that he just throws fastballs all day and he refused to change his release point. He refused to change his velocity on underneath throws. It caused balls to go into the dirt and people were dropping passes because they were fastballs from 10 yards away."
"He refused to change that, but I think the biggest thing about Mallett versus Hackenberg is work ethic and character. If a quarterback doesn't want to get better, they're not going to get better. I think Mallett had warts, which I did point out, but I thought he had the willingness to get better and to fix his issues. That's why I was so high on him. He was smart and he had a very, very good physical skillset, but if he didn't want to get better then he's not going to get better, and he didn't want to get better. He overslept for practices, he generally just didn't have a good mesh with the locker room, and unfortunately that's why he was released."
"When you look at Christian Hackenberg, he's been widely praised as a leader in the locker room. He's got a very good work ethic. Bill O'Brien loves him, and he loves Bill O'Brien. I think they both have flaws to their game, but I have more confidence in Christian Hackenberg fixing them because I know he wants to get better."
Nobody ever bats a thousand, but man, this one still huts. You were the chosen one, Ryan. THE CHOSEN ONE. Which evaluation have you gotten horribly, embarrassingly wrong, BRB? Sound off in the comments below so we can all ruthlessly point and laugh at each other.