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Billick's decision creates unease at QB -

There are 15 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 23, 2007, titled Billick's decision creates unease at QB -. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

At the time, and for a long time afterward, it had seemed as if Brian Billick were laying down a solid case for temporary insanity.

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has25

Macomb, MI

#1 Sep 23, 2007
we will not have a good season unless the backups improve especially in the secondary. perhaps more important is billick and the team need to learn ball control, clock management and a killer instinct. the good teams don't sit on there laurels after the first half. it could be a long season.
Joe

Mont-tremblant, Canada

#2 Sep 23, 2007
I agree here. The Ravens need to just start putting teams away with the offense in the last two quarters as well. Who cares if they win 38-6, they beat green bay a few years ago 48-3, just score, and keep the defense off the field for a change, and then maybe they'll come around too, with a new life.
chris

United States

#3 Sep 23, 2007
how about enjoying the win Steele and Preston! you guys are the two most pessimistic human beings I have ever known. Its damned if you do and damned if you dont with you guys. How about pointing the blame on the defense for the second straight week. Any other team would love to be two and one and have Boller as a back up. Give credit when its due! You guys make me sick, be proud of your team for a change!

Since: Aug 07

Camp Hill, PA

#5 Sep 23, 2007
Boller didn't give up all of those damn 2nd half points!!!
Our "Great" Defense sure get lazy and suck toward the end of these last 2 games.
Play the whole friggin game ya Bastards!!!
Kevin

New York, NY

#6 Sep 23, 2007
i guess when youre a black writer you dont have to worry about being fired for prejudice like a white writer would. so when the white guy warmed up it changed the whole momentum huh? i guess the secondary saw kyle warming up and ray lewis told the corners not to bother covering anymore. you know i thought i read his lips but im glad you confirmed that for us steele. fact is boller outplayed mcnair again. did you ever think billick didnt want anymore turnovers so he turned to boller? if boller was black and mcnair was white , i could hear you screaming they should go to boller. when you going to learn to put your hatred aside for the white man and write about football players reguardless of race?
Alvin Seville

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Sep 23, 2007
Hi. I am a moron who writes stuff about football games. Duh. My team is who I am, and I can make better decisions than the coach who is paid $1 million. I just know it. Because I, like, watch a lot of games and stuff. You know?
jay

Huntington Beach, CA

#8 Sep 23, 2007
My goodness. Can we leave the racism out of the discussion. Who cares what color folks are as long as they can play!

Another ugly win is still a win. This team makes me nervous.
Ravens_Flock

Stonyford, CA

#10 Sep 23, 2007
Fact is....in three games, McNair has played relatively shitty, has scored only one TD, has cough up the ball numerous times, almost every time allowing the other team to score off of the turnover. Boller, on the other hand, has played only one full game, and the last part of the other two...and yet he has 2 TDs (three if the count the one to Heap that was called back), has NOT caused any turnovers....and generally speaking, the offense has looked a LOT more alive and dangerous when he's out there.

Dink and dunk B.S. is great for ball control, and honestly, McGahee looked awesome out there today, another near 100 yard effort. But if anyone's wondering why Billick makes passing play calls when Boller is under center, he knows it's because Boller can actually MAKE great passes that often result in getting down the damned field.

This is exactly why I knew they should have kept McNair's ass on the bench this week. Enough of this white/black QB crap. It's about ABILITY, not color. McNair had a nice drive, with a nice TD pass to Mason. He's still got the ability to do that. But I think Boller gives us the ability to keep in the game on offense, instead of just controlling possession of the ball.

After all....he DID come in and, along with Heap and Stover, saved us the game....a game we should have put away in the third quarter....again.

Yes, our defensive play is cause for concern. But I don't expect it to continue. Our guys are harder on themselves than we ever will be. And besides.....I'm sorry, but expecting tiny a$$ Corey Ivy to play coverage against two big, physical receivers is pretty naive. Rolle better be healthy next week. Either that, or put Prude or Pittman in coverage, and keep Ivy as nickel, where he is best.

At least we're 2-1. Now we go on the road and beat two week teams in their own house...that should build up enough confidence to get this train rolling to the playoffs. Just don't be surprised when it's Boller playing down the stretch...not McNair.
Vignesh

Stillwater, OK

#11 Sep 23, 2007
We are not in good shape. There is no way we can afford another one of these defensive meltdowns. If we repeat it next week, it could very well be the end of our season with 0-2 in the division.
sewmil

Yulee, FL

#12 Sep 23, 2007
there no QB controversy its the media trying to get a story
sewmil

Yulee, FL

#13 Sep 24, 2007
Maui Guy wrote:
"The Nig needs to go."
You need to go. Yr a moron and shouldn't be allowed to write your racist, redneck bull.... on this forum.
You're very lucky that you are a coward online useing tho words but coward hide and said stupid stuff like that. you're are racist i will report you
JACO1026

Baltimore, MD

#14 Sep 24, 2007
I don't know what game you were watching but McNair passed for almost 200 yards with 1 td no int's with a quarterback rating of almost 110 he also left with a lead of 23-3. Boller has been looking good lately but the issue here is not the quarter back but the play calling and the injuries on this team. You people need to lay off Mcnair he led us to a 13-3 record last year the man has been playing hurt for years and has showed Boller how to be an effective quarterback in this league. Can't we all just get along we're all out for the same thing to see our team do well.
Ravens_Flock wrote:
Fact is....in three games, McNair has played relatively shitty, has scored only one TD, has cough up the ball numerous times, almost every time allowing the other team to score off of the turnover. Boller, on the other hand, has played only one full game, and the last part of the other two...and yet he has 2 TDs (three if the count the one to Heap that was called back), has NOT caused any turnovers....and generally speaking, the offense has looked a LOT more alive and dangerous when he's out there.
Dink and dunk B.S. is great for ball control, and honestly, McGahee looked awesome out there today, another near 100 yard effort. But if anyone's wondering why Billick makes passing play calls when Boller is under center, he knows it's because Boller can actually MAKE great passes that often result in getting down the damned field.
This is exactly why I knew they should have kept McNair's ass on the bench this week. Enough of this white/black QB crap. It's about ABILITY, not color. McNair had a nice drive, with a nice TD pass to Mason. He's still got the ability to do that. But I think Boller gives us the ability to keep in the game on offense, instead of just controlling possession of the ball.
After all....he DID come in and, along with Heap and Stover, saved us the game....a game we should have put away in the third quarter....again.
Yes, our defensive play is cause for concern. But I don't expect it to continue. Our guys are harder on themselves than we ever will be. And besides.....I'm sorry, but expecting tiny a$$ Corey Ivy to play coverage against two big, physical receivers is pretty naive. Rolle better be healthy next week. Either that, or put Prude or Pittman in coverage, and keep Ivy as nickel, where he is best.
At least we're 2-1. Now we go on the road and beat two week teams in their own house...that should build up enough confidence to get this train rolling to the playoffs. Just don't be surprised when it's Boller playing down the stretch...not McNair.
Ravens_Flock

Chico, CA

#15 Sep 24, 2007
McNair didn't lead us to 13-3 last year. Our defense and overall team play did. McNair lost us the games when it mattered most.

And I don't know what game you were watching, but everyone else saw McNair fumble the damn ball again, which was picked up, and led to the shift in monentum that eventually allowed the Cardinals to come all the way back. And Kyle Boller was the guy who led us downfield to allow Stover to win it for us, keeping it out of unfavorable overtime odds.

Those are the facts. I think in a growing number of people's minds, there IS a "QB Controversy". Playcalling didn't make McNair fumble. Nor did it make him look weak coming out in the second half. I don't hate the guy. But I know what I see, and so far this season, Boller has by and large been the better QB, and our offense has looked much better with him out there. Yes, McNair had a TD.

Boller has two. What's your point? Boller should have played this entire game, and in fact should have played every game until at least the bye. As I have explained before, that would not only give him enough recent starting experience to get even better and become even more confident, but it would also allow McNair to be absolutely healed and ready to go after the bye.

The way we're going now, Boller might just have to play most of the season anyway....which is fine. Except it would be nice to have BOTH of them healthy and ready to play down the stretch, instead of having an injured McNair on the bench, and only Troy Smith to back Boller up.

Let us hope that doesn't happen....but either way, I honestly expect Boller to be playing later this season, and into the playoffs. Steve is old, injured....and he really just looks done. Which, no offense, is precisely why we should have brought him in for far less money, and had HIM be the backup last season.

That's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it.
Joe

Mont-tremblant, Canada

#16 Sep 24, 2007
Ravens_Flock, I agree with you about Boller being a better play for now, letting McNair get healthy, but I will have to argue for playcalling too. It's not all McNair, he's proven that he can make his passes, but the problem is that the Ravens offense becomes too "readable." I think that if the Ravens want to become better offensively, especially when we play a good defense like the Colts, Steelers, or the Patriots, or anybody for that matter, they need to present more of a worry for other defenses, keep them on their toes. They never no huddle themselves, at all. The Ravens offense is the most unidimensional one in the NFL. That Arizona gameplan for us was dead on, that's how you beat great defenses, you keep them off guard, you throw no huddle at them, alter snap counts, everything to get the defense out of a rhythm. That's why the Ravens lost to the Colts last year, first and foremost. The Colts were ready for everything we threw at them, they knew that they could play cover-2 packages and not have any worries about a threat. This all of course could be put on McNair too because he's older and some of his erratic passes, but in a way it's a mix of both. I guarantee that had they tried something to mess with the Colts rhythm, they might've stood a chance to win that game, and it honestly is something the Ravens really need to learn. If you really want to put it anyway, these teams are showing the Ravens the blueprints to confusing good defenses, and if they were smart, they would consider these options when it mattered.
Kevin

New York, NY

#17 Sep 24, 2007
hear i thought the momentum changed when boller warmed up. that was the stupidest thing i have ever read from a "sportswriter" in my entire life. the ravens lost to the colts for one reason-mcnair. the defense was outstanding that game-holding them out of the endzone and just 15 points. i agree with flock about boller being better so far. mcnair (all but the turnover) did look pretty good yesterday but i was glad to see boller for one reason; this gives me hope that if mcnair struggles there is a chance billick may pull mcnair. i couldnt believe he didnt pull him against the colts last year. i would have taken boller in his 1st year ahead of mcnair that game. and billick probably did not hear me screaming through my tv set in new york to get him the hell out of there. i disagree with flock about boller playing down the stretch. unless mcnair is hurt he will start no matter how good boller looks. i also dont think we will make the playoffs this year. i hope im wrong and flock is right about both these topics but i doubt it.

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