Boller to remain starter against Patriots

There are 15 comments on the Nov 26, 2007, Baltimore Sun story titled Boller to remain starter against Patriots. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Kyle Boller will remain the Ravens' starting quarterback for next week's game against the undefeated New England Patriots.

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Josh

Pasadena, MD

#1 Nov 26, 2007
it was clear to see the guy was not a 100% all year.
i think what he did was stupid for trying to play through it
because now people thinks he doesn't have it no more and
he is too old. when we got mcnair last year the key was to
pass block for this guy, we dont have that there for the guy
got killed opening night and was still trying to go.
at this point people might think it doesn't matter if he comes back
or not because the season is over. but it does because if he can come back 100% and play like he did last year he will be back next year leading this team and if the ravens draft one of the top qbs in the nfl draft he will learn big time off mcnair.
Rick

Glen Burnie, MD

#2 Nov 26, 2007
McNair is not a dummy , He will not play again this year because he does not support billick and his offense. Boller will play because he is billick's man. Boller will get hurt before the season ends and Smith will make a start or two.Ravens have treated there offensive stars badly. Heap was the main target for years and payed physically for it. Mason better be careful or he'll be next. No need to ruin your career for billick and his offensive schemes. It's a lose, lose situation for the offense.
BABAGANUCHE

Waterford, VA

#3 Nov 26, 2007
boller has faced far better competition than mcnair {remember mcnair in the steeler game}. this fact somehow is lost on you Hensley. it seems that the sun staff sees mcnair returning as a positive thing, every week a sun reporter asks how close is Steve to returning, answer, he is closer to retirement than returning to the field. you guys are stupid, the entire planet can see mcnair is done, smith will be lucky to see one snap (in his carer} if there is going to be another QB change it should be a free agent or a draft pick. THE BALTIMORE SUN SUCKS!
Lefty

Aberdeen, MD

#4 Nov 26, 2007
My prediction for the way the Patriots will handle their offense Sunday.... They will pass on every play, not even considering making a running play.
Lefty

Aberdeen, MD

#5 Nov 26, 2007
Excuse me, I meant to write Monday night.
Chris

United States

#6 Nov 26, 2007
Boller is getting freakin hammered behind that line. Manning or Brady would be cryin there eyes out if they where here. I think Brett Favre would get happy feet in this offense!
Jeff

Sykesville, MD

#7 Nov 26, 2007
Josh wrote:
it was clear to see the guy was not a 100% all year.
i think what he did was stupid for trying to play through it
because now people thinks he doesn't have it no more and
he is too old. when we got mcnair last year the key was to
pass block for this guy, we dont have that there for the guy
got killed opening night and was still trying to go.
at this point people might think it doesn't matter if he comes back
or not because the season is over. but it does because if he can come back 100% and play like he did last year he will be back next year leading this team and if the ravens draft one of the top qbs in the nfl draft he will learn big time off mcnair.
Is this fantasy land? McNair is done. He will never be 100% because he is old and broken. It gets to a point where these injuries become nagging and do not heal. He has a bad lower back and that cripples your strength. We are better off releasing him and saving the roster spot for someone else.
Lee

Charles Town, WV

#8 Nov 26, 2007
Is anyone really surprised here? Really? McNair was done and over with before the season even began. He should have been benched 6 games ago, when he could barely get out of the pocket.

Billick is also done, last night's lost was the fork!
Phil

Baltimore, MD

#9 Nov 26, 2007
Also disconcerting (what isn't at this juncture) is you can see why their passing game has little hope of success. Boller takes too many steps backward, never changing his routine. As a result, the defense can just rear back with the same angles and pursuit to the QB. Also, since he takes so long to set, the slant patterns will not work because these patterns do not take that long to run, and would thus need a 3 step drop. So, Boller is typically faced with a checkdown, and 1 or two receivers running intermediate routes. However, since these routes are usually curls or tight out patterns to the sideline, WR's hate these routes becasue they know they will be clocked from behing without even having a chance to avoid the defender. Consequently, the routes are often run without conviction.

The rush is rarely slowed down by convincing draws, play action or screen plays, so the QB usually ends up being mauled. On top of that, you have an obstinate cannot'be'wrong coach, so any QB is faced with calling idiotic plays with the defense fully braced to stop the play. The predictability of the playcalling just inflames the rush even more, and the slaughter continues.

Clearly, Boller likes the no-huddle and the shotgun. It gives Boller immediate vision without him having to worry about his footwork, and the no-huddle allows him to get in the flow of the game. But, as many have pointed out, Billick is the "Professional", and his genius has enabled us to be last in the league in red zone offense, 26 th in total offense, and last in points scored in the first quarter. But I'm really frightened now - if you get rid of Billick, we could "really" go downhill offensively (sarcasm).
Phil

Baltimore, MD

#10 Nov 26, 2007
As for those calling for Troy smith to come in, I think you are delusional. Being a QB in this offense now is like storming Omaha beach on DDay - you may survive, but you'll probably be scarred for life.

QB's are imprinted, much like ducks, based on their earlier experiences. David Carr was ruined with his experience in Houston and his million sacks, and he has been gun shy ever since. If we throw Trou Smith on Omaha beach, he will never learn what he needs to succeed as an NFL QB. Instead of looking for receivers, and being patient, he will look to escape, to run for his life.

I know it's frustrating, but does Troy Smith deserve this kind of an opportunity, to get him in a system where he's doomed for failure, when we're running weekly tryout for the offensive line?

I don't think Boller has completely recovered from those shellshocked days - do you think Troy can?
Deal Island Fans

Linkwood, MD

#11 Nov 26, 2007
It is time for a change, sit the # 1 & 2 QB's down. Let the number 3 man play. We all started at he bottom, let him have a shot! YOU MAY BE SURPRISED
Rob

Las Vegas, NV

#12 Nov 26, 2007
Oh so your finally starting to come off of the fantasy island Boller hype..lets not forget that the guys Smith was throwing to work at avis rent a car now...if Smith had played sunday He would have taken off before the ball was knocked out of his hand and would even have gained a few yards...again todays NFL quarterbacks dont have 4 seconds to stand in a nonexistant pocket and comfortably throw pretty passes. the quarterbacks reaction time and speed has got to match the game speed... Bollers does'nt.He has a good arm and is a great athelete, just not quite good enough to be a game changing NFL quarterback...thats not a knock in todays NFL.
Deal Island Fans

Linkwood, MD

#13 Nov 26, 2007
Deal Island is in Somerset County, Maryland
Roy

United States

#14 Nov 26, 2007
Whew! What a relief! I can rest easy now knowing Boller will remain in charge. With his steady hand guiding the mighty offensive machine that is the Ravens, we can now expect to lose to NE by only 63-7 instead of 63-3 with McNair.
baltoboy

Williamsburg, VA

#15 Nov 26, 2007
Rob wrote:
Oh so your finally starting to come off of the fantasy island Boller hype..lets not forget that the guys Smith was throwing to work at avis rent a car now...if Smith had played sunday He would have taken off before the ball was knocked out of his hand and would even have gained a few yards...again todays NFL quarterbacks dont have 4 seconds to stand in a nonexistant pocket and comfortably throw pretty passes. the quarterbacks reaction time and speed has got to match the game speed... Bollers does'nt.He has a good arm and is a great athelete, just not quite good enough to be a game changing NFL quarterback...thats not a knock in todays NFL.
Not sure what league you're watching...several QBs in the NFL have time to pass. Brady, Manning, Worthlessburger, Romo, Farvre stand around and blow kisses to the cheerleaders while their line holds the opposing rush.

One day when he's playing for another team people will see that nothing is wrong w/ Boller. When given time to step back and make a throw he delivers. He got such a chance about 3 times on Sunday. Look at the laundary list of QBs that have played in Bmore. None have been successful when our line sucked.

You've bought into the college football hype w/ Smith. Other than Garcia who is still far from a star QB, no QB w/ his physical stature has been successful in recent times in the NFL. I'm all for him getting P.T. now that the season is a lost cause, but it's almost unfair b/c he will get injured. That is a certainty behind this line. It's only a matter of time before Boller doesn't get up after taking a shot. We'll get to see Smith this season, and he'll prove himself to be nothing more than a flash in a pan, occassional ESPN highlight player just like Reggie Bush, Matt Leinhart, Vince Young, Michael Vick, etc. Look at Leinhart...the Cards are doing better w/ over-the-hill Kurt Warner than Mr. USC stud. College doesn't translate to NFL period. Look at Brady and Derek Anderson (both 6 rd draft picks) and Rothessburger. There's a certain X factor that makes a NFL QB.

And if you think this is a black/white player race issue you'r dead wrong. I am totally against us going after Matt Ryan from BC. I saw his performance in College Park and know that that guy will never make it in the NFL either.

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