You knew it was going to happen, as it does almost every year. Kyle Boller will be the starting quarterback for the Ravens this Thursday against the New England Patriots.
And you know what? That actually might be the best move.
Troy Smith’s struggles have been well-documented this season, as have the solid performances of Joe Flacco and Boller. The ideal concept is for Boller, who defined the word sporadic in his time with Brian Billick, to not start and for Flacco to be the second coming of Brett Favre come September.
But there’s no such thing as ideal in football, and truth be told, a head coaching change for Boller might just be the thing that taps into his obvious talents and transforms them into timely decisions and quality game management. Say what you want about Boller, but he has never been involved in a trade rumor, never been charged with anything goofy outside of a fling with Tara Reid, and has won more games than he’s lost.
Put it together with a coach who needs some level of continuity to make the best decision for the position, and you’ve got Boller reloaded this preseason.
For better or for worse.