Someone Needs to Keep Kyle Boller On the Bench... Who Will It Be?
Kyle Boller will be starting the Ravens' first preseason game on Thursday against the Patriots. But I refuse to believe that he will keep the starting job through the postseason and into the regular season. So who will it be? Rookie Joe Flacco? 2nd-year player and former Heisman winner Troy Smith? We shall see. Coach John Harbaugh was very guarded with his answers up until Tuesday, when asked who the starter was going to be.
For now, it's Boller. But it's hard to believe that anyone believes that Boller will be the answer for the Ravens this season. Boller's 71.9 career QB rating and 45-44 TD-INT ratio aren't exactly stellar, and Smith and Flacco seem to have a bit more upside.
Boller gave way last year to Smith in the last two games of the season, and Smith actually looked pretty good. Even after winning the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State, there were low expectations for Troy Smith, and the Ravens were able to take him in the 5th round. In 2 starts, Smith threw 2 TD, 0 INT, and showed the ability to move in and out of the pocket. The main knock on Smith is his size. He's barely 6 feet tall (if that), and that's on the small side for an NFL QB. Also, he has a slightly sidearm delivery, which scared away some scouts and GM's.
If height is high on your list, then Joe Flacco is a great option. Flacco is the ideal size for a QB, listed at 6'6". Flacco also has the strongest arm of the 3. He showed great promise at Delaware, and was thought by some to be the best QB prospect in the draft.
They'll be competing all through training camp, albeit in a friendly manner. They all claim to be friends, and claim to want nothing more than for the team to have success. But based on their practice regimens, they all want the starting spot. Bad. Each QB has spent extra time after practices, working with some WR's on their timing and routes.
In my opinion, the only thing that is clear is that Kyle Boller is not a starting NFL quarterback. While Flacco looks like the Ravens' QB of the future, it may be best to annoint Troy Smith as the "QB of right now". Smith showed excellent leadership, both in school and in his starts late last year. And he knows how to win. Although that's a bit of an overrated saying, it definitely fits in this case.
Should the Ravens start Joe Flacco now? Or should they give him a year to learn, a la Carson Palmer?
Does Kyle Boller belong on an NFL roster at all? What are your thoughts?