Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett joined the rest of the free world in mocking the worst play call in NFL history.
"Somebody tell Beast Mode I'll give him the ball on the 1 yard line 15-15 times. #Texans," Mallett tweeted at the end of the Super Bowl, one that saw his former team win another championship thanks to Marshawn Lynch never getting the chance to go Beast Mode for the decisive touchdown.
Mallett — an impending free agent who figures to be back with the Texans considering how enamored Bill O'Brien and quarterbacks coach George Godsey are with his strong arm — quickly went on to say that he'd also give the ball to Texans lifeline Arian Foster every time in such a situation. Well, duh.
The interesting thing is that another Texan besides Foster seems poised to become a powerful social media voice.
What's notable isn't what Mallett tweeted. It seems like a good 30 percent of the NFL chimed in to rip Seattle's decision making.
No, the interesting thing is that another Texan besides Foster seems poised to become a powerful social media voice.
The towering quarterback from Texarkana is anything but a wallflower. As Mallett showed throughout his brief starting cameo (two games), he brings plenty of swashbuckling confidence to the interview room. Whether Ryan Mallett makes it as full-time NFL starter or not (a proposition still very much in question), he certainly will never be as tame and cliche a quote as the Matt Schaubs of the quarterback universe.
Mallett is unlikely to be as esoteric and hilarious a Twitter force as Arian Foster. No. 23 is in his own league.
Consider Foster's quick response when a fan asked him on Twitter what would be going through his head right now if he was Lynch post pass decision. "Patron," Foster shoots back, speaking of the tequila.
But it's still good to have another player who keeps it somewhat real. Or at least not completely rote. Fans enjoy pulling for guys who shows a little juice. Professional sports are still entertainment after all, even in this Roger Goodell serious world.
Whether O'Brien agrees with this notion or not (OK, we know it's not) is another matter. O'Brien is hardly looking for his players to verbally entertain. Or tweet compellingly.
Having a quarterback with some boss moves isn't a bad thing though. Considering how some other NFL quarterbacks are making news in the offseason (see Johnny Manziel), it's hardly cause for concern either.
Now Mallett just needs to get his own radio show with independent hosts like his boy Tom Brady.