- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bears aren't looking for a quarterback, obviously, with Jay Cutler in the fold.
But we couldn't resist blogging about former Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, who took plenty of flak for his comportment Saturday during an interview here at the NFL Combine.
The interview was cut somewhat short by a combine official, as reporters repeatedly questioned Mallett about rumors concerning drug use in the past. Although Cutler is often criticized about his personality and demeanor, we’ve never witnessed him in an exchange similar to this (and he's been grilled way more thoroughly by Chicago media than Mallett was on Saturday).
Questioned about the drug rumors, Mallett said, “I’m not going to talk about that right now. I’ve got the interviews with teams, and when teams need to know what they need to know… I’m going to leave it at that. Obviously, somebody did it for a reason right before the combine and before the draft. But that’s the last I’m going to talk about it.”
Obviously, Mallett meant what he said. The interview continued for a few more minutes, before a reporter later told the quarterback that rumors concerning him would likely continue if he refused to address them.
Mallett responded with “thanks” as a combine official escorted him away from the podium.