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QB rotation in the works?

Steve McNairKyle BollerIn light of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair’s groin injury, QB Kyle Boller is definitely making the most of the opportunities he has had so far this season.  The injury is making it to where it is possible that the Ravens may use a QB rotation until one of the two QB’s stand out, performance-wise. 

As those of you who watched the Cardinals-Ravens game can verify, McNair was pulled out of the game in the fourth quarter because he was favoring the injured leg, while Boller led the team to the winning 52-yard drive late in the game.  Ravens head coach Brian Billick told Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun, “I will still watch that for a while until I’m confident that Steve is not vulnerable to reaggravating the groin late in the game.  I would anticipate that he will be stronger and healthier this week than he was last week. We’ll watch it.”

Let’s assume for a moment here that McNair does recover fully from his groin injury.  Will coach Billick go with the hot hand or will he simply hand the reins over to McNair for reasons only Billick can answer?  One would think (at least I do) that he would use the QB that gives him the best chance of winning a ballgame.  The stats between McNair and Boller are similar but with some differences.

McNair has a slightly higher completion percentage (65.6 to Boller’s 64.7), but Boller has a slightly higher QB rating (84.4 to McNair’s 82.8).  But probably the most telling stat is that Boller has only 1 turnover; McNair has 5.  QB ball stewardship (managing the ballgame in a seamless manner in layman’s terms) is important no matter which team is involved.  The Ravens are not a pass-happy team by nature; because of that, keeping turnovers to a minimum is very important.

Boller, at least in my observations, has improved leaps and bounds over his previous seasons with the team.  And McNair, while still a good QB, needs to stay healthy and produce.  and of course, Billick needs to put out there every week a QB who gives the Ravens the best chance of winning a game.  At this moment until further notice, that QB would be Kyle Boller.  The rotation thing is OK for a short while but it will inevitably blow up in your face.


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