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Questions linger for quarterbacks Quarterbacks remain big question

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Upper deck nester

Chesapeake Beach, MD

#1 Jul 20, 2008
For once and for all, DO NOT START FLACCO! Let Boller prove his stuff and/or get killed out behind the O-line as it finds its chemistry. Flacco does mop up and start later in the season. Troy Smith is also just a blip in the future. Letting Flacco take punishment out there is just crazy.
Jopa-n

Middletown, PA

#2 Jul 20, 2008
If you feel that whomever is behind center will be 'fed to the wolves' this year, it makes even less sense to start Boller.
One year left and he's gone anyway. That's one year of lost continuity with the rest of the offense. That's one more year of starting over at QB. That's 16 less games of experience for the two that WILL be here next year.
Atleast go with Smith if not Flacco. The situation says Boller is essentialy a 'lameduck' in more ways than one.
mike

Cockeysville, MD

#3 Jul 20, 2008
they will start troy smith because its the only fair option.. Why waste time on boller when you have no intent of making him your longterm qb and troy smith proved last year that he could atleast keep our offense afloat. With a year under his belt why not give troy the ball and give him the opportunity to show what he can do when prepared and has a healthy todd heap
zach

Arlington, VA

#4 Jul 20, 2008
Start Flacco and you will ruin him, he will never get the ability to learn the game and grow. Go ahead and waste a draft pick on another QB in a few years cause you started him too early.
Jon

Tempe, AZ

#5 Jul 20, 2008
Hensley's column today said Flacco already knows the playbook better than Smith or Boller, and he's showing intelligence and maturity beyond the normal rookie. If he doesn't start on day one, he'll be in there sometime during the season.
Jopa-n

Middletown, PA

#6 Jul 20, 2008
zach wrote:
Start Flacco and you will ruin him, he will never get the ability to learn the game and grow. Go ahead and waste a draft pick on another QB in a few years cause you started him too early.
I know Zach. Every QB that ever started their first year, uh, sept Ben, Marino, Elway,.... all did bad their entire careers because they were actually asked to do what they been doing their whole life. QB's like Leaf, Mirer, and Akili Smith were all hall a fame material until they asked them to actually perform. Da*n! If they just did not have to throw the football, they'd be in the hall a fame today!
Second thought though Zach, do you think just MAYBE a slight lack of talent, could be somewhat of the culprit now and then?
Brian

Severna Park, MD

#7 Jul 20, 2008
Jopa-n wrote:
<quoted text>I know Zach. Every QB that ever started their first year, uh, sept Ben, Marino, Elway,.... all did bad their entire careers because they were actually asked to do what they been doing their whole life. QB's like Leaf, Mirer, and Akili Smith were all hall a fame material until they asked them to actually perform. Da*n! If they just did not have to throw the football, they'd be in the hall a fame today!
Second thought though Zach, do you think just MAYBE a slight lack of talent, could be somewhat of the culprit now and then?
Just to set the record staight, Elway was horrible his first year in the NFL
with a 47% completion rate and 2 to 1 int to TD ratio. And I have to agree with Zach, starting Flacco on opening day against a division oppenent is probably not a good idea unless our o-line turns out to be much better than last year
John Boy Walton

Greenbelt, MD

#8 Jul 20, 2008
If Flacco shows Harbaugh and Cameron he's the best they've got, he should start from the outset. Point well taken from Mike in Bel Air about not starting Boller, he's a lame duck backup. You can't teach NFL-speed poise. We've all seen Boller only has it occasionally, and not enough to run the playoff table. I have to give him his due though, he is a gamer, and deserves respect for that much at least. Hopefully Smith and Flacco will be better.
Jopa-n

Middletown, PA

#9 Jul 20, 2008
Brian wrote:
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Just to set the record staight, Elway was horrible his first year in the NFL
with a 47% completion rate and 2 to 1 int to TD ratio. And I have to agree with Zach, starting Flacco on opening day against a division oppenent is probably not a good idea unless our o-line turns out to be much better than last year
Now Brian, please read Zachs quote carefully. He said starting him the first year would ruin the QB. Would you say Mr. Elways career was a flop? How bout Mr. P. Manning? Nother career flopper from the dreaded 1st year start? Don't forget Mr. Aikman. 1-15 ouch! How'd he do later on?
Oh! I get it! The Don't start'em cause ya'll ruin'em rule didn't go into effect until Boller came along. Nah, that one dosen't fly either. Some guys named Ben and Eli (who started 8 games 1st yr.), both have some bling to show for it.
Maybe, just maybe- It might have to do with lacking the talent to play QB in the NFL.
Nope, everybody knows every QB that's drafted in the 1st round MUST be great. I mean Kiper says so. Good enough for me.
Sam

Greenbelt, MD

#10 Jul 20, 2008
Jopa-n wrote:
<quoted text>Now Brian, please read Zachs quote carefully. He said starting him the first year would ruin the QB. Would you say Mr. Elways career was a flop? How bout Mr. P. Manning? Nother career flopper from the dreaded 1st year start? Don't forget Mr. Aikman. 1-15 ouch! How'd he do later on?
Oh! I get it! The Don't start'em cause ya'll ruin'em rule didn't go into effect until Boller came along. Nah, that one dosen't fly either. Some guys named Ben and Eli (who started 8 games 1st yr.), both have some bling to show for it.
Maybe, just maybe- It might have to do with lacking the talent to play QB in the NFL.
Nope, everybody knows every QB that's drafted in the 1st round MUST be great. I mean Kiper says so. Good enough for me.
Agreed.
itssteeven

Goleta, CA

#11 Jul 20, 2008
I predict under Cam's new "O" scheme.....Kyle will start this year and play well enough to get a long time extention with us, and thats really what we need is Kyle to finally step up, now there is an actual Offensive plan in place....our wide recievers and running backs will actually look GREAT!!!

“GO RAVENS!”

Since: Nov 07

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Jul 20, 2008
I think Troy Smith is going to win the starting spot.
Bazooka Joe Rules

Orlando, FL

#13 Jul 20, 2008
LARavensFan52 wrote:
I think Troy Smith is going to win the starting spot.
Troy Smith will be a journeyman average QB. He is just another Jeff Blake, Aaron Brooks, Ty Detmer, Doug Flutie, Chet Lemon, etc... He will be nothing as a full time starter. Everyone got excited last year because he can scramble. That's great. And he will probably excite AT TIMES this year too. But over the long haul, he is not the answer. How many QB's thye play like Smith have ever won the Super Bowl? A great college career (Flutie, Detmer, Wuerfel, and dozens of others) means absolutely nothing in the pros. Smith will fall into that category. Flacco is the prototype and has the intangibiles to take the Ravens all the way in a few years.

Smith will make a good backup (similar to Seneca Wallace).
Jim from Dundalk

Hampstead, MD

#14 Jul 20, 2008
Bazooka Joe Rules is right on about the Q-back slot,,,,,,,,,,we finally are on the right track to compete in our division , all that vanilla stuff was driving me crazy..........we just need to be a little bit patient........
Brian

Severna Park, MD

#15 Jul 20, 2008
Jopa-n wrote:
<quoted text>Now Brian, please read Zachs quote carefully. He said starting him the first year would ruin the QB. Would you say Mr. Elways career was a flop? How bout Mr. P. Manning? Nother career flopper from the dreaded 1st year start? Don't forget Mr. Aikman. 1-15 ouch! How'd he do later on?
Oh! I get it! The Don't start'em cause ya'll ruin'em rule didn't go into effect until Boller came along. Nah, that one dosen't fly either. Some guys named Ben and Eli (who started 8 games 1st yr.), both have some bling to show for it.
Maybe, just maybe- It might have to do with lacking the talent to play QB in the NFL.
Nope, everybody knows every QB that's drafted in the 1st round MUST be great. I mean Kiper says so. Good enough for me.
I don't think any of those guys played behind as bad an O line as we have had. Playing behind a porous line and getting clobbered every play doesn't do a whole lot for a QB's confidence. If Flacco does start this year I hope for his sake he gets some protection or it could get real ugly

Since: Nov 07

Baltimore, MD

#16 Jul 20, 2008
At some point people need to realize that there was more wrong with Kyle Boller than just starting too early. Joe Flacco had better stats in college, and is simply a better QB than Boller. And while confidence is an important factor in a young QB's development in the NFL, it's just too one-dimensional to say that ALL rookie QBs need x-amount of time to develop.

By all accounts, Joe Flacco is demonstrating a remarkably fast grasp of the playbook. Cam Cameron has already said he's willing to scale down the playbook for Joe this year to give him time to develop. And we haven't even entered training camp yet, so it remains to be seen whether or not Joe can get a feel for NFL d's -- enough to consider him a possible starting QB candidate. I get the feeling the if Cam and coach Harbaugh don't feel he's ready, they won't start him. BUT IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH KYLE BOLLER'S HISTORY -- or any other rookie QB's history for that matter. It ONLY has to do with Joe Flacco and whether or not the coaching staff think he's ready.
Lucid1

Atlanta, GA

#17 Jul 20, 2008
Hey what does anybody think of McCowns injured finger? if he can't start who will?
Lucid1

Atlanta, GA

#18 Jul 20, 2008
What the ? where is the dolphin fan? she must be in bed?
Lucid1

Atlanta, GA

#19 Jul 20, 2008
skaybaltimore wrote:
At some point people need to realize that there was more wrong with Kyle Boller than just starting too early. Joe Flacco had better stats in college, and is simply a better QB than Boller. And while confidence is an important factor in a young QB's development in the NFL, it's just too one-dimensional to say that ALL rookie QBs need x-amount of time to develop.
By all accounts, Joe Flacco is demonstrating a remarkably fast grasp of the playbook. Cam Cameron has already said he's willing to scale down the playbook for Joe this year to give him time to develop. And we haven't even entered training camp yet, so it remains to be seen whether or not Joe can get a feel for NFL d's -- enough to consider him a possible starting QB candidate. I get the feeling the if Cam and coach Harbaugh don't feel he's ready, they won't start him. BUT IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH KYLE BOLLER'S HISTORY -- or any other rookie QB's history for that matter. It ONLY has to do with Joe Flacco and whether or not the coaching staff think he's ready.
What do you think of Chad Henne? Did McCown damage any tendons? I read 6 stitches on his throwing index.
HernandezNodefen se

Halethorpe, MD

#20 Jul 20, 2008
Lucid1 wrote:
Hey what does anybody think of McCowns injured finger? if he can't start who will?
Your entire livelihood, a very lucrative one, depends on your hands. Given that, what kind of moron would be playing with chainsaws, especially if they don't have to? Is he a lumber jack or a QB? I'd cut him just for being stupid for wanting to be a lumberjack more than a QB (and because he's not that good).

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