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12-19-2007 12:24 AM #16
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A) Billick will be on the hot seat, he can't afford to have a long leash on Boller for too long. He'll probably make a move to another QB by weeks 4 or 5 if Boller regresses. He can't tie his fate to Kyle for much longer.
B) Smith will likely progress with more passing camps and another training camp. Billick and Co. will be much more comfortable turning over the keys to him once they feel he can grasp what they are trying to do. The Ravens don't buy the lack of height argument with Smith at all. He would be a Cleveland Brown if they did.
C) Don't be surprised to see another QB competition. Billick regretted doing that with Redman and Boller for the simple reason that Boller was a rookie and was thrown into the fire too soon. 08' is Boller's last season here. He won't be offered another extension. If you go on the assumption that Boller is here for just one year, than I'm sure we could find a better QB for a 1 year stint. Like Steve McNair who they are paying much more to. Kyle is not good enough to play the "mercenary" role and it's counter effective to have a lame duck QB while you are trying to win and build for the future.
The organization has faith in Troy Smith and so do his teammates. His opportunity is just months ahead.
What's the caveat to all of this? We could very well have a new offensive system and that will probably extend Smith's learning curve. However, working in his favor is the notion that Steve McNair is probably not going to put the time and effort into learning a new system.
12-19-2007 10:47 AM #17
12-19-2007 10:53 AM #18
That is also one of his strengths- he never throws any players under the bus.
Look how he allowed McNair to save face with a convenient injury after he was benched.
Do you really expect him or even want him to trash his player(s) publicly ?
12-19-2007 01:37 PM #19
12-19-2007 10:39 PM #20
I want Smith to start, not Boller.
Perhaps Billick does too- but he is NOT going to throw Boller under the bus.
"Boller will start, I support Boller" etc..... is for public consumption.
But, like he did with McNair, Billick will give BOller a way out gracefully (ie "ya know that injury is still lingering so Kyle can't start").
That is one of the reasons that players like and respect Billick. He takes the bullets for them in public.
Isn't that a good thing ?
12-20-2007 12:50 AM #21
12-20-2007 02:59 AM #22
How many starts do we have to give Boller before everyone comes to the logical conclusion that he cannot be a consistently good starting quarterback in the NFL. He's had his chance. Give Smith a shot.
P.S. I'm so over football already.
12-20-2007 05:05 AM #23
It makes no difference who starts the game. It matters who plays in the game. What matters is how much PT each guy gets. If it was me, I'd let each of them play half the game. Don't care how, just so they both play about half. You don't need to say a word about it being a competition between them. Not a word. The situation says that if you play each of them half the time.
If you play each of them half the time, you don't need to publicly embarrass Boller by naming the other guy the starter. That accomplishes less-than-zero. That accomplishes negative-value. That makes some things worse and zero things better. Just start Boller, and play'em both.
12-20-2007 02:24 PM #24
Last edited by Old#5fan; 12-20-2007 at 02:27 PM.