12 Reasons Mallett is ready to start

Since Ryan Mallett was named the new starter at quarterback last Wednesday, his head coach Bill O'Brien and several teammates have explained why Mallett is prepared for the job.

The reasons varied.

The fourth-year pro takes over for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was 4-5 to start the season.

Below are a dozen explanations for why Mallett is ready to go on Sunday against the Browns as the starter.

  1. "He's been in the offense for a few years, so he's comfortable with what he's doing."-*Wide receiver Andre Johnson

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*2. "He's a very bright guy."-Head coach Bill O'Brien

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  1. "He's got all of the tools."-*Center Chris Myers

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  1. "Very strong arm."-*Cornerback Johnathan Joseph

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  1. "He's a hard worker."-*Running back Arian Foster

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  1. "Every day he seems to be on top of it and he's been preparing every week like any player would to get his spot because you know you're only a play away."-*Tight end Garrett Graham

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  1. "Loves football."-*O'Brien

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  1. "Sharp. He's on top of his thing from a playbook standpoint, understands the offense."-*Joseph

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  1. "He had a successful college career."-*Myers

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  1. "Very competitive."-*O'Brien

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  1. "I think having Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) has helped him grow to a certain degree also. Playing under Tom Brady when he was in New England, I think helped develop him also, but you know playing here and just being around a guy like Fitz, the way this team is built I think helped him grow as well because now that he's the quarterback he's the leader of this team."-*Joseph

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  1. "He's here early. He stays late."-O'Brien

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