Quarterback competition under way

Quarterback competition under way

There are 50 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jul 22, 2008, titled Quarterback competition under way. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

All three Ravens quarterbacks seem to genuinely like each other, which makes for a rather friendly competition in their bid to claim the starting job.

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Jeff

Baltimore, MD

#41 Jul 24, 2008
I think Boller is going to do better under new head coach. It is a shame he wasn't on the bench as back up for a couple of years. He really did not get time to learn from a vet. He has a great arm. I saw a difference in him after working behind the old vet last year. Just give him some support if he is picked as this years starter.

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#42 Jul 24, 2008
Jeff wrote:
I think Boller is going to do better under new head coach. It is a shame he wasn't on the bench as back up for a couple of years. He really did not get time to learn from a vet. He has a great arm. I saw a difference in him after working behind the old vet last year. Just give him some support if he is picked as this years starter.
Aw shucks...that's nice. GROUP HUG!
Jeremiah

Baltimore, MD

#43 Jul 24, 2008
Boller deserves a fresh look without Billick in his ear. Look closer at the list and history of players Billick has worked with here. Some Like McNair and Elvis Grback came in with pretty solid reputations. Within one season Billick made them want to walk away from the contract and destroyed thier reputations.
McNair won 13 games, had solid 4th quarter performances, but not much stats and a stinker in the playoffs. Same thing with Elvis. He was a professional who just went to the probowl. He was also able to get to the second round, but the playcalling of Billick in those playoff losses was much worse than the mistakes made by the QBs in my opinion.

Preist Holmes obviously got better when he left, but come on. How did we not get more out of him? Chestor Taylor also looked like a different player with the Vikings.

The list of free agent we brought in is not exactly staggering, but guys who were proven to be productive like Marcus Robinson, Shannon Sharpe and Derrick Mason, all had by far the worst numbers under Billick.

Perhaps Kyle will have a similar sudden development of football understanding like Derrick Anderson suddenly did. Jamal Lewis got more yards for the Clowns than he did on a 13 win team under Billick with the #1 time of pssn and best defense.

I don't think Brian ever even had the right people starting and playing. From leaving an injured McNair out there to fumble away the season, to taking Willis out on key 3rd and 1s.
Burt from Essex

Dundalk, MD

#44 Jul 26, 2008
Ok,let's see how well Boller handles Cam Cameron's new playbook,when he never handled Brian Billicks "chuck and duck" one,he has never shown a good grasp of the offense period and even when he had plenty of time to throw the ball,never seemed to know when to get rid of it to avoid a sack and showed very little touch,even on the deep ball which was supposed to be his strngth.I remember at least 8 to 10 times last year when our reciever broke wide open down the sideline or up the middle and Kyle "my Man" Boller either threw the ball clean out of bounds or overthrew or underthrew the receiver.Reminds me once about what Bert Jones said about either Dan Pastorini,or Ron Jaworski,someone said he could stand in the hotel parking lot and throw the ball up to the 8th floor and Bert said yeah but all his recievers were on the 7th,lol.Same old,same old,I wish Kyle well,just somewhere else.

Since: Feb 08

Perry Point, MD

#45 Jul 27, 2008
Burt from Essex wrote:
Ok,let's see how well Boller handles Cam Cameron's new playbook,when he never handled Brian Billicks "chuck and duck" one,he has never shown a good grasp of the offense period and even when he had plenty of time to throw the ball,never seemed to know when to get rid of it to avoid a sack and showed very little touch,even on the deep ball which was supposed to be his strngth.I remember at least 8 to 10 times last year when our reciever broke wide open down the sideline or up the middle and Kyle "my Man" Boller either threw the ball clean out of bounds or overthrew or underthrew the receiver.Reminds me once about what Bert Jones said about either Dan Pastorini,or Ron Jaworski,someone said he could stand in the hotel parking lot and throw the ball up to the 8th floor and Bert said yeah but all his recievers were on the 7th,lol.Same old,same old,I wish Kyle well,just somewhere else.
LOL! To the 8th floor but the WR's are on the 7th! Good stuff. How profound in this case. The other teams D-backs were probably staying on the 8th floor as well!

Since: Jul 08

United States

#46 Jul 27, 2008
It'll be Kyle Boller's job.
He's the best on the roster... sadly, that isn't saying much.

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Eric

Columbus, OH

#47 Jul 28, 2008
AngryDragon84 wrote:
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He was demoted for a Hall of Fame QB. Not even a HOF QB could operate under Billick's offense. The shining moment of Billick's offense was at the end of the Bengals game last season when he refused to run the ball.
Mcnair is not a HOF QB. He was a very good QB, but not a HOF'er.
Eric

Columbus, OH

#48 Jul 28, 2008
HernandezNodefense wrote:
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Actually,n, you can hide talent for as long as you want.
First of all Boller missed a year and a half through injury. Then he missed being seriously considered as a starter for two years when MacNair was here and through getting hurt last year. I'll also give him consideration for the fact that last year's team was in such disarray, no QB looked good. Smith lost to a 1-15 team and, and got mashed by Seattle, and should have been intercepted a lot more than he was. Describing him as the Saviour is akin to grasping for straws. Or as they say, "in the kingdom of the blind a one-eyed man is king".
So Boller has really only had about one and a half years as a starter and his record as a full time starter is 14-10.
Before you get all het up, I wiil tell you I agree that he probably should have been gone some time ago, probably at the beginning of 2006. He should never have signed that extension. He should have gone somewhere and been that team's Troy Smith.
There is something to be said for a change of scenery and the fans here (such as you) have an attitude towards him that has nothing to do with facts or logic and mirrors the divisions people have on issues such as religion or abortion. Boller is a Croat and Jopa-n is a Serb, so you have to kill him. You are either on one side or the other and never the twain shall meet. Its the same reason I don't like Preston. If Boller became an All Pro- and won the Super Bowl this year you would all just say the team did it not him.
If I had been the Ravens managment last year I would have pulled MacNair after maybe the second or third game and told Boller, "this is it, make chicken soup out of this chicken **** or you are gone next year" and left it at that. In essence that is most likely what is happening now.
Through a variety of unlikely circumstances Boller is still here and still has a reasonable shot. Boller and Cameron, who presumably have viewed every one of his games and gone over his career with a fine tooth comb still are willing to give him a shot. He could potentially hurt them so I have to feel that they don't agree with you and the rest of the mob on his abilities and potential as a QB. If they did agree with you then they would have cut him some time ago and given his replacement this time at training camp to get situated. I don't agree with your assesment of Boller's ability but it doesn't matter because the Ravens aren't consulting with you or me.
How they truly feel about him is on display right now by the fact that he is in camp and is competing.
Actually Boller was the one losing that Miami game, if you so kindly remember. Troy Smith led the team down the field, put them in position to win the game, and Billick decided to play it safe and go for the TIE to send it into overtime.

How that is Smith's fault is beyond me.

The facts remain that Boller has had 5 years. 5 years to prove he was worthy of being the starter, worthy of that first round money he recieved, and worthy of Balitmores devotion. He's proven unworthy on all accounts.

That being said, he STILL has training camp to prove himself, and so far he hasn't. He's outplayed Flacco (who's thrown like 90 interceptions the past 3 days), but he hasn't outplayed Smith. If this is truely a open competition, let's ignore the past.. COMPLETELY, and look what's happening now.

By all accounts, Boller is still not getting it done. If he continues to prove himself not worthy of starting during camp, do you REALLY want to make him the starter, just because?
CHK

Rockford, IL

#49 Aug 3, 2008
Troy Smith was the Heisman winner for a reason. Would opt for him over the other options anyday.
Eric

Columbus, OH

#50 Aug 5, 2008
CHK - Bringing the Heisman into this is not a smart move. Most Heisman winning QB's do not pan out in the pros.

However I think his play on the field will speak volumes as to whether or not he's ready to take the reigns of this organization.

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