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  1. #16

    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks



    Remember Billick's week is consumed with practice and game planning. When he's talking about Smith's increased role, he's talking about the increased role Smith will get in *practice* and in game planning sessions with the coaches.

    Smith has raw talent but is not being primed to come in this year. Good lord willing in three weeks, Boller will be playing mediocre and McNair will be ready to come in and try not to be worse if Boller gets hurt.

    I do not want to see Smith on the field this year, and I hope the coaches don't either.
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    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    "You don't want to tip your hand, but there are some things that you could do with Troy in that capacity because of his abilities to run the ball and do some of those things," Billick said.

    You really think this meant practice??????!!!!???

    Why would he worry about tipping his hand to other teams that Troy will be getting more snaps in practice...

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  3. #18

    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by festivus View Post
    Smith has raw talent but is not being primed to come in this year. Good lord willing in three weeks, Boller will be playing mediocre and McNair will be ready to come in and try not to be worse if Boller gets hurt..

    Errrr, I am glad you aren't at least hoping for some success. You are hoping Boller plays mediocre?





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    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by StingerNLG View Post
    Errrr, I am glad you aren't at least hoping for some success. You are hoping Boller plays mediocre?


    Surely festivus has made a mistake here.I want to see Boller light it up,
    bring life to the downfield passing game.You can always get a PI or Def' holding call.Or goodness forbid an actual completion.

    We know what we have with Boller,and its a darn sight better than what we have seen with McNair.As sad as that is for me to say.

    I prefer to remember McNair as a Titan,the QB he was then.Rather than the fading star he is now in purple & black.
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  5. #20

    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    Yes Stinger. I am hoping (reasonably likely) he plays mediocre, which is what we've seen from him in limited action this year. Better then mediocre would be a pleasant surprise. McNair played like complete garbage, so mediocre would be a nice improvement, and will mean winning games we've previously been losing.

    Thinking "Boller will save us," or "replacing Billick will solve all our problems," just leads to disappointment and heartache.

    Don't get me wrong. I hope (much less likely) Boller leads us to the Super Bowl, and I hope if the FO replaces Billick we get someone who will find a better offense for us. As I must have written here a thousand times this week, hope springs eternal.

    I am in it for the long haul. We are 4-5. That's mediocre. It's not terrible, 1-8 or 2-7 is terrible.

    The day will come when we are truly that bad. I'll still be here, not hysterical, just rooting for my team.

    Your mileage may vary, as they say on other boards.
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  6. #21

    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by StingerNLG
    Errrr, I am glad you aren't at least hoping for some success. You are hoping Boller plays mediocre?
    I think he was being sarcastic, but didn't word it as well as he usually does.




  7. #22

    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by festivus
    Yes Stinger. I am hoping (reasonably likely) he plays mediocre, which is what we've seen from him in limited action this year. Better then mediocre would be a pleasant surprise.
    Good grief festivus, I just posted that I thought you were kidding, but you're serious? You are HOPING he plays mediocre?

    Sheesh -- I'm depressed about the past two games too, but I haven't sunk into that dark hole where I'm reduced to simply hoping that we don't suck as bad as the last game.




  8. #23

    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    Didn't mean to disappoint you Highwater.

    I did try to clean it up a bit by demarcating hope in relation to how likely things are. "Hoping" he plays mediocre is just hoping he continues the decent form he's shown so far this year. Hoping he "lights it up" is another thing altogether.

    I hope for both. The former is more likely then the latter, though they both will win more games then McNair did.
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    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by 4G63 View Post
    What does that last sentence mean? Is he planning on putting him in at some point?
    I think that Billick is saying we may see him in their at some point during a game lining up as QB, most likely in shotgun. That way the defense has to "worry" about him throwing or running. Kind of like Randle El was used in Pitt at times. They do this more in college than the NFL for obvious reasons.




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    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    I tell you what, when Boller came in against the Bengals, it almost [almost]felt like watching Dan Marino out there.After the flatness of the whole game that had gone before with McNair.

    So to me Boller coming in to play at QB,is lighting it up.
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  11. #26

    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by festivus
    "Hoping" he plays mediocre is just hoping he continues the decent form he's shown so far this year. Hoping he "lights it up" is another thing altogether.
    Maybe we are just getting bogged down by your wording -- "hoping" is different from "expecting." If you said that you expected Boller to be mediocre, I wouldn't be shocked, surprised or disappointed, but saying you were hoping he would be mediocre is a whole different attitude.

    In any event, I think we're in agreement that this is the right move, given the past couple of games.




  12. #27

    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by RavenTD View Post
    I tell you what, when Boller came in against the Bengals, it almost [almost]felt like watching Dan Marino out there.After the flatness of the whole game that had gone before with McNair.

    So to me Boller coming in to play at QB,is lighting it up.
    I agree. As well, it seemed like the team had a spark when he came in! Did anyone else there notice that? That's why I couldn't understand all the talk about the locker room being lost if Boller became the starter. Maybe it was wishful thinking, but to me, even tho tired, near the end of the game, the entire team "seemed' to pick it up!!!!!




  13. #28

    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by festivus View Post
    Yes Stinger. I am hoping (reasonably likely) he plays mediocre, which is what we've seen from him in limited action this year. Better then mediocre would be a pleasant surprise. McNair played like complete garbage, so mediocre would be a nice improvement, and will mean winning games we've previously been losing.

    Thinking "Boller will save us," or "replacing Billick will solve all our problems," just leads to disappointment and heartache.
    Ok, I get that. I want more than mediocre. I want to see the Boller that got robbed in Cincy, but for all intents and purposes led the team downfield and got the game winning score when we needed it. I want to see the guy that kicked Minnesota out of the playoff hunt last year. I don't want mediocre.

    I've said it in the debate threads, my biggest fear is that things won't change because the system won't change. I'm done with "Just don't lose the game, Kyle/Steve/Chris/Elvis/Trent/Jeff/etc:". I don't want to see that shit anymore. I want "Here's the ball, go out and have some fun and play some football Kyle/Steve/Troy/etc:".

    Seriously, does the offense even look like it's trying to be relaxed and fun? No. They press and they force and the defense kicks the shit out of them. I'm tired of that.

    I am in it for the long haul. We are 4-5. That's mediocre. It's not terrible, 1-8 or 2-7 is terrible.

    The day will come when we are truly that bad. I'll still be here, not hysterical, just rooting for my team.

    Your mileage may vary, as they say on other boards.
    I'll be here. I'll be there Sunday afternoon. I'll be there Monday night against the Patriots in a game I don't even expect to win if we had Indy's offense. Trust me. I'm not done with the Ravens by a long shot.




  14. #29

    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    The move is best for both McNair and the Ravens.




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    Re: Boller in - McNair out minimum 2 weeks

    That is probably the biggest wall to knock down right there.

    BB needs to say to Kyle,go out there and have fun,like in High School, don't worry about making mistakes.Be loose,and have fun.
    Put the smile back on your face.This is a 60 minute ball game.




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