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If Only He Were Dilfer


Brian Billick continues to defend young Kyle Boller from his many detractors.

If scientists created a time machine that would allow us to travel to the 17th week of the 2005 season, we would see a 9-6 Baltimore Ravens team that would need a win at Cleveland to have a chance to get into the postseason. The Ravens do not bring their A-game, because the Browns have a pedestrian 5-10 record. The hard-working, blue-collar Browns, under Romeo Crennel, have a 17-13 lead with two minutes remaining, shocking the NFL world, and upsetting the bettors who laid four points with the road favorite.

However, Kyle Boller has a chance to get his team into the playoffs. He connects on several passes, but on a third and eight at midfield, he throws an ugly pass into the hands of former teammate Gary Baxter. Game over. Boller chokes away the season.

I’m the next Miss Cleo. All I need is a bad haircut, ugly clothes and a psychic hotline number.

Cleo-ness aside, the whole point of my prognostication is a simple fact that a large portion of the football world knows to be true.

Boller stinks and should not be quarterback of the Ravens.

Head coach Brian Billick disagrees. He is enamored with the third-year quarterback and has defended Boller’s detractors for the previous two seasons.

“[Boller] gets beaten up for not having the numbers, obviously, which is a little difficult, but he has managed the game well all year long,” Billick told www.patriots.com in November. “When he has been forced to step up and throw the ball 30 or 35 times, he has responded to that as well. So, we are very pleased with the progress he has made all the way through. For a young player, he does manage the game well.”

Well, not really. The admiration for the young signal caller could be out of pride, since Billick burnt two first-round picks on him. Or, it could be out of a poor eye for talent, considering Baltimore has gone through Boller, Tony Banks, Jeff Blake, Stoney Case, Randall Cunningham, Trent Dilfer, Elvis Grbac, Jim Harbaugh, Scott Mitchell, Chris Redman and Anthony Wright during Billick’s tenure.

Billick makes it sound like Boller is the second coming of Joe Montana. In reality, he’s not even the second coming of Dilfer. Unlike the signal caller who facilitated the Ravens to their only Super Bowl victory in franchise history, Boller does not take care the ball and contrary to what Billick said about him, he is not a good game manager.

Ignoring the fact that Boller only threw for 2,559 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2004, the 19th pick in the 2003 Draft threw 11 interceptions, and maintained a horrific completion percentage of 55.6 and an equally-hideous quarterback rating of 70.9.

When the Bengals came from behind and beat the Ravens, 27-26 -- which would ultimately lead to Baltimore’s demise -- Boller threw the ball 33 times, but accumulated just 172 yards. He threw no touchdowns and one interception in the process. When Boller faced the Indianapolis Colts, who have one of the worst defenses in the league, he threw 40 passes, but completed just 19 of them. Boller threw a touchdown, but also had two interceptions. The Ravens scored just 10 points against a defense that surrendered 21.8 points per game the entire season.

I could keep listing the games where Boller was responsible for losing, but it’s almost 1 a.m., and I don’t feel like staying up until 6, pointing out more fallacies with Billick’s statement.

One thing Billick cannot be guilty of is placing weapons around Boller. The Ravens still have Jamal Lewis and Todd Heap, who are respectively among the best running backs and tight ends in the NFL. Boller will be protected by one of the league’s top offensive lines, and he will be throwing to a great cast of wide receivers, which features Pro Bowler Derrick Mason, first-round pick Mark Clayton and 6-6 Clarence Moore.

If Boller continues to struggle with the plethora of skilled players around him, Billick will have no choice but to bench the California product in favor of the more-talented Anthony Wright. So, it’s not a matter of if Boller gets benched; it’s a matter of when.

I guess my week 17 prognostication was wrong after all.



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