Smith to start second preseason game

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Jim from Dundalk

United States

#1 Aug 8, 2008
Considering the offensive line Boller was working with he did o.k., he actually moved the teams downfield this early in the season,,,,,,,,,,Smith's height still hampers some of his throws , he's gutsy but needs too much seasoning to be a starter yet,,,,,,,,,,Flacco is finding out he is not playing Towson State..........
jkman1

New York, NY

#2 Aug 8, 2008
I find it interesting how there are people wondering why we don't want Boller to start. It is like they have not lived here, or are not from here and have had to endure the medieval torture and watch this man fail for 5 years!...It is not like it is his 1st or 2nd year, and we could say ok we'll still give him a shot. It is his 5th year. Whether Troy or Flacco will be great QBs remains to be seen. The reason so many people are calling to give Troy a shot is because we just really want something, anything different then the heartache we've seen watching Boller in the last 5 years. Is it really that hard to understand?
Dan

Fawn Grove, PA

#3 Aug 8, 2008
Can't wait to see this game. Bring your A game troy.
Billick

United States

#4 Aug 8, 2008
I hope you guys are as critical of Smith next week when we loose against an inferior team and Smith completes less than 50% of his passes , Boller is the man to do the job , he is our only hope this year ,'have at it ' Kyle.
Keep Trying

Reston, VA

#5 Aug 8, 2008
Billick wrote:
I hope you guys are as critical of Smith next week when we loose against an inferior team and Smith completes less than 50% of his passes , Boller is the man to do the job , he is our only hope this year ,'have at it ' Kyle.
Wow, Billick you are so eloquent in your interviews but you can't even spell LOSE! Unless of course you meant the team will be loose and relaxed as we get beaten down.
Danny

Owings Mills, MD

#6 Aug 8, 2008
Hey Billick,
The Vikings are not an inferior team. Shouldn't you know that working for the NFL Network?
Bisciotti Sux

Baltimore, MD

#7 Aug 8, 2008
I agree though, I really hope everyone is as critical of Smith after next weeks game. Not saying any of the 3 looked great but I thought Boller looked like the best of the 3 last night. All in all, I think the O's and Ravens are going to finish in the same place in their division this year.
Ravens_Flock

United States

#8 Aug 8, 2008
You'll find that a lot of people on the internet seem to mess up with their spelling a grammar...badly. Especially when it comes to the whole LOSE and LOOSE thing. It really makes you wonder how these people manage to graduate high school.

But on to the topic, of course Smith is getting the start. Harbaugh clearly said that would be the case when he named Boller the starter for the first preseason game. Why anyone bothered freaking out about that, I don't know. I guess they just hate Boller that much. Which is pretty silly, if you ask me. He did a really good job, for the most part, considering that most of our real offensive weapons weren't even playing. Smith may do well in his start against the Vikings, hopefully better than he did against the Pats, but then again, he'll likely get the same amount of time Boller did, and vice versa. Meaning Boller is going to get plenty of time to play as well, as this is supposed to be an even contest.

I still personally think Boller looked fine, and will continue to improve in this new offense over the preseason. Smith may well improve too, but I think Kyle will win the starting job in the end. Talented or not, experience wise Smith is still practically a rookie himself. Not only that, but put our best offensive talent on the field for him to work with, and I guarantee you Boller's game would improve far more than it was in New England. The only reliable WR he had was Mason. And he couldn't rely on the running game, because Ray Rice couldn't get anywhere.

Point being, turnovers or not, the coaching staff understands what the QBs are dealing with, they understand that the o-line needs to man up and offer better protection, give the guys time to drop back and read the field. They also know that aside from Mason, the Ravens best playmakers were playing last night. Therefor, turnovers or not, they are happy, as stated in interviews, with Boller's performance, and know that the offense can only improve.
Harry

Rochester, NY

#9 Aug 8, 2008
I think Boller should be the starter, but Smith finally gets a chance lets see what he can do. So, many fans are calling for 2nd yr player, Smith to be the starter are they also saying that Ozzie made a mistake in trading back up to draft Flacco? There were a bunch of Qbs available this yr that could have been had in later rds and if Smith wins the starting job as a 2nd yr QB why did we need to trade back up to draft Flacco?
Apparently, Ozzie didn't feel that either Boller in the last yr of his contract, or Smith were the long term answer! But, Ozzie has never been able to judge Qb talent and one wonders how big of a project Flacco is going to be coming out of Div 111?
Wonder if Chad Pennington can come in and manage the games for us, play not to lose football?
Or will Boller completing 73% of his passes be good enough?
Aman

Baltimore, MD

#10 Aug 8, 2008
Ratings for Boller (63.8) and Smith (62.5) tell the whole story. They both suck.

It's hilarious all the comments today about who was "obviously" better last night. Neither could find the endzone with a GPS, and were mostly just running for their lives.

The real story was the look on John Harbaugh's face at the end, he was not a happy camper.

Reality is starting to set in about just how bad this offense is. It should be been addressed in the off-season with veteran aquisitions at key positions.
westmonster

Baltimore, MD

#11 Aug 8, 2008
Harry: "why did we need to trade back up to draft Flacco?" -Good freakin question. I am constantly astounded by the Raven's choice in quarterbacks. I mean, honestly we must be the stupidest QB minded team in the NFL. We had no reason to get Flacco, at all. He won't be good for another few years, and by then we will need to trade him.

Boller may limp along for some time, but unless he starts playing like last night, EVERY night immediately (minus the turnovers) then hes a lost cause. Smith has great potential. Yet I have a feeling that the Ravens will invest lots of time in him and then just as hes ready to break out, we will lose him too.

Trent is a case and point. I never ever liked Dilfer. But I honestly question the decision to get rid of a QB that just helped win your program a Super Bowl. Thats just wrong. Our team has no QB savvy, at all.
Jeremiah

Baltimore, MD

#13 Aug 8, 2008
Troy threw one right to a LB, but he also had 2 very good passes dropped. There was no protection or Heap or Mason out there either. The compettion is far from over, and still could include someone not yet on the roster.

Kyle was decent for the first game. The mistakes were the same old mistakes, but there were some improvements to his accuracy and reads.
g dubbs

Washington, DC

#14 Aug 8, 2008
finally
Bill

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Aug 8, 2008
jkman1 wrote:
I find it interesting how there are people wondering why we don't want Boller to start. It is like they have not lived here, or are not from here and have had to endure the medieval torture and watch this man fail for 5 years!...It is not like it is his 1st or 2nd year, and we could say ok we'll still give him a shot. It is his 5th year. Whether Troy or Flacco will be great QBs remains to be seen. The reason so many people are calling to give Troy a shot is because we just really want something, anything different then the heartache we've seen watching Boller in the last 5 years. Is it really that hard to understand?
Exactly. Of all the positions, QB takes the longest for a player to develop. This why Boller should start. Troy Smith is a 5th round draft pick with a couple of games of NFL experience. He is not the answer, nor is Flacco, who player in 1-AA and has zero NFL experience. Also, it is not like Boller looked horrible last night outside of the 1 int. The bottom line is that Boller gives us the best chance to compete.
Bill

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Aug 8, 2008
Vince wrote:
Finally! now troy can start look great and all the boller lovers can shut the **** up. By the way, after all that talk from the boller lovers about how much better he looks this season, I loved how he had his usual fumble and interception, lol.
With our OL and a back-up, rookie RB starting against one of the top DEF in the NFL, I think that Boller did a great job. Give him a chance!
Eric

Columbus, OH

#17 Aug 8, 2008
Turnovers Aside, Kyle was very accurate last night. However, those turnovers still reared it's ugly head.

Troy wasn't as accurate as Kyle last night, but more accurate than his stats (5/12) indicated.

It will be interesting to see what happens come the Minn game, which I see as a huge step up defensively.
The Patriots are no slouch on defense, but Minn could end up having THE premier unit in the league.
ChukK

Baltimore, MD

#18 Aug 8, 2008
Go Troy! He has the poise of a starting NFL QB. He should be the starter. Make the pretty boy (boler) the backup.
Ray Venn

Washington, DC

#19 Aug 8, 2008
Bisciotti Sux wrote:
I agree though, I really hope everyone is as critical of Smith after next weeks game. Not saying any of the 3 looked great but I thought Boller looked like the best of the 3 last night. All in all, I think the O's and Ravens are going to finish in the same place in their division this year.
The difference between Boller and Smith is that Boller has had 3+ seasons as a starter to prove himself and he's still hampered with many of the same problems.

While I don't hold out great hopes for Smith, he's only in his second year and has had limited NFL game experience. Smith may improve with more experience, but Boller doesn't seem to have much upside, unless you think that he might flourish now that he's working with new coaches.

Either way, I'm not expecting great things this year, and the "Delaware Destroyer" could end up being the Second Coming of Elvis Grbac.

I'm not optimistic that this team will get a franchise QB in the near future.
Guru

United States

#20 Aug 8, 2008
I swear people probably were watching a different game but I am certain to see good improvement from Kyles game. I would prefer starting him with his experience and development in a heartbeat. Some fans here who always like making the backup QB their best friend is something else. Either you're with the Ravens or you're not. Let Kyle do his thing for the season opener. That was a good performance without Heap and Mcgahee (barring that last Int)
Parkville

White Marsh, MD

#21 Aug 8, 2008
Vince wrote:
Finally! now troy can start look great and all the boller lovers can shut the **** up. By the way, after all that talk from the boller lovers about how much better he looks this season, I loved how he had his usual fumble and interception, lol.
I'm no Boller fan, but you can't be serious talking bad about him compared to how Smith looked last night. After watching Smith and Flaco, I think we're going to have to bring in another quarterback just to be the backup. Flaco gets a pass because it was his first experience above divion 2 football, but Smith better have a whale of a game against the Vikings just to keep his job as the backup.

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