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Finale provides a few glimpses of what Smith, others could be

There are 51 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Dec 31, 2007, titled Finale provides a few glimpses of what Smith, others could be. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Ravens rookie quarterback Troy Smith started his second straight game yesterday, and his performance was an upgrade over last week in Seattle.

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Glenn

Baltimore, MD

#1 Dec 31, 2007
Mike, you don't seem to be enjoying your work any more and the snide little jabs are a sign of a sad person. Why make fun of Cory Ross? All the kid did was come in and have a good game. Too bad the Sun won't have the courage to make a change, either.
whokennyb

Baltimore, MD

#2 Dec 31, 2007
as usual only write the bad can't just leave it at smith had some nice touch on the ball and then unidentified source into the locker room to see if billick lost his players . they played hard yesterday did it look like they laid down .the steelers laid down did there coach lose the players ? if you could once just write and not give personal opinion
everyone

San Francisco, CA

#3 Dec 31, 2007
Preston Billick si coming back, no matter what you write, no matter what your 'sources' tell you, no matter what you make up. Please grow up and move on. Write something original
shea

San Francisco, CA

#4 Dec 31, 2007
how can you say Billick has lost his players after they just whooped up on the steelers in a meaningless week 17 game? Make no sense to me, sounds personal.
Mike

Arlington, VA

#5 Dec 31, 2007
I know Preston is sad the season is over, who are you going to rip for the next 9 months? I'm sure you can get at least one more anti-Raven column in. I've honestly never seen a more negative sports reporter.
Randy

Lanham, MD

#6 Dec 31, 2007
The best thing about the end of this season is that DePreston can crawl back under the rock he slithers out of to be a so called columnist.

I hate his writing.

Notice how bad the Squeelers looked without a few of their top players. It gets ugly for any team when they lose their key people.

Can you imagine that the owner had to ask someone to ask the players if Billick had lost the team? If you believe that you'll believe the rest of the garbage that is written by DePreston.

I hate his writing.

Here's what we really need.
competent, objective, unbiased, and professional writers for the Sun.

Goodbye to DePreston and that fat moron Steele.

I hate his writing too.
Sparky

Baltimore, MD

#7 Dec 31, 2007
Thank goodness the season is over. The team has potential, but the main problems are the coaching, choking, and a continuation of the development of the offensive line. I think they are two years away from being a solid unit. I look for an 8-8 season next year and an improvement the next, possibly making the playoffs. Billick's influence is going to keep Smith from developing his potential. I like waht I see of his athletic ability, but Billick's influence will neutralize it.
Charlie R

United States

#8 Dec 31, 2007
No one on earth can determine whether Troy Smith after two starts is going to develop into a quality quarterback. I wonder how Peyton Manning did his first and second times out. It simply isn't possible...Smith deserves the chance to compete in training camp. Also, Steve McNair is a quality quarterback and could very well mentor Smith and help him develop. My only concern is Billick. He can't seem to develop quarterbacks in Baltimore. Smith won the Heisman trophy. He can't be that bad.
srb

Laurel, MD

#9 Dec 31, 2007
Here's what the deal should be. Billick should have two choices. (1) Bisciotti, Newsome, Cass, et al should be the ones hiring an offensive coordinator to take over the entire offense. Billick should have no or minimal input into the hiring and no or minimal input into the offense. Billick can be a caretaker head coach if he wants. Or, (2) he can go someplace else. If Bisciotti won't fire Billick outright because of the contract which, frankly, would be nothing short of a reflection of the man's weakness as an owner, then these should be the only choices. I must say, as a charter PSL owner, I'm not real thrilled about getting my invoice for a few thousand dollars from the Ravens this year for season tickets. Without some major moves by the owner, I would seriously consider selling.
Lefty

Alexandria, VA

#10 Dec 31, 2007
Here's the problem with the Sun hiring people like Preston. They're a liberal rag type of paper and the mentallity of the management is the same for the Sports section as it is for the Local and National news section. It's a shame the Examiner can't afford to go out and hire decent beat writer's and give the Sun real competition.
eric

Columbus, OH

#11 Dec 31, 2007
What I saw from Smith yesterday:
Negatives: Made some poor decisions throw wise. I counted 3 (not four, fattie) balls that could have been intercepted. He also had a few balls sail on him (caused by his high release point). Ball security was an issue as well.
Positives: Had nice touch on the ball, was confident and poised, really looked like the team leader out there. Had good pocket presense and did a good job of avoiding the rush with his feet and by getting the ball out of there. His accuracy (16/27) was hampered by at least 4 dropped passes which were "gimmies". Smith also finished hitting 8 of his last 9 passes.
I think the weather played a huge roll in both teams sloppy play. I also think if Mcnair doesn't become the bionic man over the off-season there is no reason not to give Smith a real shot at the starting job.
Teapot

Philadelphia, PA

#12 Dec 31, 2007
First off I would like to say I hope all of you have had a wonderful Christmas and today is the last Monday of 07 so Happy New Years to all of you and please be safe going into 08. I have to agree with all of you on your comment about Preston, I'm so sick of his negativity. Our team played they butts off against a very good Pitts-"D". Almost seems like Preston was saying to us in his little message that they let us win. I tell you what I'm glad Ross got in I remember him running into Ray Lewis during training camp popped Ross' helmet off, got back up and laughed it off. I love the guy I love the fact that he's small, it's hard to get to, since he's only 5'6" and even harder when he squares off. Now for Troy you have to love him we haven't seen a QB come in here who has gotten better as each game goes by. Preston keeps saying his accuracy is not good, maybe we're not at the same game but he's much better than what we've had come thru B-more. Anyway fellow fans have a safe New Years and God Bless you, oh Ron (A.K.A = Goof on the Roof) bro love you but take care of your business.
Bob S

Augusta, ME

#13 Dec 31, 2007
Randy wrote:
The best thing about the end of this season is that DePreston can crawl back under the rock he slithers out of to be a so called columnist.
I hate his writing.
Notice how bad the Squeelers looked without a few of their top players. It gets ugly for any team when they lose their key people.
Can you imagine that the owner had to ask someone to ask the players if Billick had lost the team? If you believe that you'll believe the rest of the garbage that is written by DePreston.
I hate his writing.
Here's what we really need.
competent, objective, unbiased, and professional writers for the Sun.
Goodbye to DePreston and that fat moron Steele.
I hate his writing too.
Randy, you say you hate Preston's writing, yet I suspect you read every one of his columns. At least he gets your attention. Personally, I prefer him to someone who's all sugary who lives in Homerville.
Rich

United States

#14 Dec 31, 2007
Happy New Year everyone. During Billick's post game interview he looked like a guy who was about to lose his job. So I believe the Fox story. The owner going behind his coach's back to his players. Not cool. If it's true then either Billick has to go now or next season will be a waste. NEXT --The ways and wherefores don't matter. It was still great to see a Ravens victory.
From the cheap seats

Dundalk, MD

#15 Dec 31, 2007
I agree with Rich, a win was good to see. I also thought the offense during the first half did well against the Pitt. defense(only Troy P. did not start as far as I could tell.)As far as Troy Smith goes, it is way too early to make a fair judgement. He should be given a real chance during training camp. I hope it happens.
lewesjim

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Dec 31, 2007
I think you were fair in your comments about the team but your personal dislike of Billick takes away any objectivity. As for the future the loss of Ogden will keep the offensive line a work in progress and next season we will see the need for three QB's to finish. Like this year, they will not survive behind this line.
If you replace Billick you are going to have a real problem with the veteran players who will resist any changes. They may not like BIllick but they will find his replacement, whoever it is, a tough act to work with.
Chuck

Columbia, MD

#17 Dec 31, 2007
Troy Smith looks like a legitimate NFL QB! Finally, the Ravens have a QB they can pencil in every week as the starter and not worry about stupid mistakes, bumbling feet and inaccurate passes! All Bisciotti has to do is get rid of Billick and the Ravens might have a chance of making the playoffs next year!
Fred Tepper

Lutherville Timonium, MD

#18 Dec 31, 2007
The more I see Troy Smith, the more I like him I envision him not as a pocket passer but rather a QB who can drive defenses crazy much like Fran Tarkington or Doug Flutie. He was an afterthought in the draft selection process because of his size but this kid can play the game. He just may be the QB we are looking for and the game plans should be planned accordingly to support his natural insticts and athleticism. As for this year, no team, including the Patriots could play well with the amount of injuries to key and supportive players we had.
larry g

Ellicott City, MD

#19 Dec 31, 2007
I am glad the fans have more sense than the sports writers of the sun
dyno don

United States

#20 Dec 31, 2007
Hey guys, this is a sports column, not a journalism review.

Wake up! Your criticism HELPS Preston keep his job and probably gets him a raise. You PROVE he is doing a good job. That job is to express his opinion and arouse interest in his readers. He sure does that!

You complain he is negative? LOOK AT THE RAVENS RECORD. I guess you guys want a "homer" who will write lots of sugary BS when the Ravens have had a HORRIBLE season. That is a fact. They MIGHT be good next season. Troy Smith MIGHT be good. But right now, they are ending a horrible season, filled with injuries, yes, but also riddled with fumbles, interceptions, poor OL play, worse DB play, boundless ego, and signs of creeping age. Those are FACTS.

I hope Troy is great next year, that we have a great draft (not just round one) and that Preston does not change.

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