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    Double standard



    The double standard for quarterbacks here is amazing. If the quarterback is named Boller, every bad thing he does is magnified, and every good thing he does is ignored or minimized. If the quarterback is named Smith,
    every bad tthing he does is ignored or minimized, and every good thing he does is maximized. Here are a few facts, with opinions at the end of each.

    Fact: With the offensive line playing its best game of the season by far, doing a fine job of both pass blocking and run blocking, Smith completed 16 of 27 passes (59%) for 171 yards and a TD. We ran for more yards than
    Smith passed. For the season, under much more pressure than Smith faced yesterday, Boller has completed 60& of his passes. If Boller truly sucks, why is his completion percentage higher than Smith's?

    Fact: In two starts, Smith has thrown five passes right to defenders (fortunately, all were dropped), tripped over his own feet once, and fumbled three times, twice without being hit (a rule protecting quarterbacks saved him from being charged with a fumble, but the fact is that if the ball had come lose before his butt hit the ground, it would
    have been a fumble. He has to secure the ball better.) If Boller made all those mistakes, he'd be crucified. People still post about him fumbling without being hit two years ago. Nobody posts about McNair doing it, or tripping over his own feet, last season, and Smith doing it is ignored - only Boller is tarred for life.

    Fact: Smith's accuracy improved in the second half, but he only put up seven points. That almost wasn't enough, thanks to the defense. If Boller puts up only seven points in a half, he's criticized. If Boller came close to losing a 20 point lead, we'd never hear the end of it.

    Fact: With about three minutes left, Smith got the ball with a chance to lead a drive that would keep the Steelers from getting another chance to touch the ball. He was unable to do that. When similar things happened with Boller, he was criticized.

    For the first time all season, luck was on the the Ravens' side. Almost every bounce went our way. Passes that should have been picked off were dropped, almost every fumble wound up in a Ravens' hands. All season
    long, picks weren't dropped, tipped passes were picked off, and fumbles landed in opponent's hands.

    Smith played well yesterday, thanks to great pass blocking, but he didn't earn the starting job. He showed that, like Boller, he can put up points if the offensive line does its job and protects him. This is a good thing - it shows that whichever QB gets the starting job next season, we'll be
    able to score points if he's protected. Instead of looking for every excuse to throw Boller under a bus, why not be pleased that we have two capable QBs, and root for both of them? Hopefully, Sunday's o-line performance was a sign of things to come, and not just a fluke - if the
    line plays like that next season, we're in good shape. If it had played like that this season, despite our defensive struggles, we'd be closer to 11-5 than 5-11.

    An aside - isn't it interesting how nobody had a problem with Billick's playcalling Sunday? A coach looks a lot smarter when players execute than when they don't.
    Al




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    Re: Double standard

    Dude, everyone here is talking Billick and you do this now? and not in the QB debate thread?
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    Re: Double standard

    More Boller crap?




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    Boller is still here, Billick isn't.
    Al




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    Re: Double standard

    Can this thread get moved to its proper place?
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    Re: Double standard

    If you look at something long and hard enough.You will see whatever you want to see.
    Put the smile back on your face.This is a 60 minute ball game.




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    Re: Double standard

    Quote Originally Posted by OriAl
    Boller is still here, Billick isn't.
    This is true, and I agree with most of your post. As I mentioned in another thread, I was encouraged by Smith's play in the last game, but it really all comes down to pass protection. In most of our games this year, we haven't protected the QB very well. No matter who the QB is, we have to give him a chance to make a play.




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    Jesus, dude. Of COURSE there is a double standard! You're comparing a FIVE YEAR VETERAN with a rookie who has just started his second game. I'm not impressed that a 5 year vet can beat out Troy's completion percentage by 8 tenths of a percent.

    Of course pass blocking is crucial. It is crucial for everyone. Boller needs it, Troy needs it, Peyton needs it, Brady needs it. People are just excited about what they saw from a ROOKIE. In his SECOND START. There's a reason the criticisms aren't the same.




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    Re: Double standard

    Quote Originally Posted by Sephy View Post
    Jesus, dude. Of COURSE there is a double standard! You're comparing a FIVE YEAR VETERAN with a rookie who has just started his second game. I'm not impressed that a 5 year vet can beat out Troy's completion percentage by 8 tenths of a percent.

    Of course pass blocking is crucial. It is crucial for everyone. Boller needs it, Troy needs it, Peyton needs it, Brady needs it. People are just excited about what they saw from a ROOKIE. In his SECOND START. There's a reason the criticisms aren't the same.




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    Re: Double standard

    For the love of God this is NOT the time to talk about this!

    How about we let Ozzie and Bisciotti find us a new HC and let that person bring in some new coaches before ANY decisions about position players are made???




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    I think everything with evaluating players is totally on HOLD right now. Ozzie said that first and foremost, they have to hire a coach. Then the coach has to hire a staff of asst. coaches. Then, those coaches will evaluate all of our players. All this has to be done before the draft, so Owings Mills is going to be a very busy place in the next few weeks. The last thing anyone is thinking about is QBs.




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    Re: Double standard

    Ori Al, don't mind the naysayers. Your point is well taken, and I agree with a lot of it. Though the conversation generally does seem to be concerning other things. . .

    Anyway your point is well taken.
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    His definitions and arguments were so clear in his own mind that he was unable to understand how any reasonable person could honestly differ with him.




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