Mike Preston's report card

Mike Preston's report card

There are 101 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Dec 23, 2007, titled Mike Preston's report card. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Quarterback: C- Rookie quarterback Troy Smith did OK for his first start. He was erratic at times and fortunate not to have two or three passes picked off.

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eric

Columbus, OH

#103 Dec 28, 2007
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FIrst, Boller is better, which is not really saying a lot. Nobody expected him to light up the scoreboard but you can't say he played well when he had something like 20 yds at halftime. I think we may have crossed the fifty once in the first half. McGahee was in there for most of those drives so thats not an excuse. You still haven't recognized the fact that the only stats he put up were in garbage time when Seattle had their second string in and stopped blitzing. Holmgren, a classy coach, called off the dogs. As much as I wanted him to do good so we had some kind of hope for next year the reality of it is that he was pretty awful and just ran around in circles a lot. You obviously are an alumni of Ohio State so nobody should take anything you say as objective. You are clearly biased. I am just a fan and PSL owner that wants to win and judges talent purely on that concern. Bottom line is there is no way you or anyone can say he looked good. We were down 27-0 at one point. I mean the point of playing is to win, right? Not to put up some meaningless stats in garbage time.
1. Smith finshed the first half with 66 yards of total offense.(45 passing, 21 rushing)
2. Mcgee was injured in the first quarter, almost at the beginning of the game.(Hense why Anderson was in for the "non fumble" returned for a touchdown that then made it 21 -0.
3. Smith threw 6 of his 14 first half passes on that drive before halftime. Meaning the play book was obviously run-dominated for most of the first half (with Anderson getting the bulk of the caries, since, you know, McGee was dead).
4. As far as Boller being "better", the 5 year vet has an extremely similar QB rating this year to Troys, and had the benefit of having a few more healthy bodies to work with. Boller also has had consistancy issues his entire career, they haven't gone away, and they may never do so. He's also never developed any real "pocket presence", despite supposedly being a great athelete. That beign said it's really difficult for anyone to assert that he's clearly better than Smith.

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