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LETTERS

October 23, 2004

Billick, Cavanaugh share blame for offense

Sports analysts have bought into the Brian Billick line once again. Kyle Boller is not the issue with the Ravens' offense. He is just one of a half dozen or more quarterback failures under Billick and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh. Look to the men at the top, not the player on the field.

The Ravens' offense is plain vanilla. I doubt defenses even waste their time studying films before Ravens games.

Billick is still mesmerized by his Vikings offense, but just throwing the ball in the air and letting Randy Moss catch it doesn't work here. Cavanaugh coaches like he played - strictly second team.

Look at Pittsburgh and the Texans: Both have young quarterbacks succeeding because their coaches changed to address their strengths. The Ravens' offense is based on not losing, thus it's boring and easily defended.

Cavanaugh must go before any progress will ever be made. Unfortunately, Billick will never do this because it would prove the offensive disasters were also of his making.

Eventually, for the Ravens to have a defense and an offense, you may have to see both of them go.

Alan McAllister Severna Park

Ravens' weak offense continues to regress

After watching the Steelers defeat the Cowboys on Sunday behind a rookie quarterback who has started just four games and, incidentally, won all of them, I am more convinced than ever that Kyle Boller's inaccuracy will render him a bust sooner or later and that Brian Billick hasn't a clue when it comes to offense.

In fact, I no longer believe Matt Cavanaugh is the problem, as he merely calls plays. No, it's Billick who is the architect of an offense that regresses every year without a competent quarterback, and improvement doesn't appear to be on the horizon.

Of course, we don't know if Ben Roethlisberger can throw a football through the goal posts from 60 yards on his knees, but he sure can hit his receivers.

Jerrold L. Brotman Timonium

Boller needs more time to watch, learn game

Kyle Boller just might be the Ravens' quarterback for the future, but we can't sacrifice games that we need to win, while the coach uses the game as a practice session.

Brian Billick has to let go of his ego and make a decision. Does he want to teach Quarterback 101 and lose games, or does he want to put in a seasoned quarterback now and let Boller watch and learn?

If Billick's ego continues its present path, he could be home on Super Bowl Sunday watching two other teams play.

There's nothing wrong with giving Boller playing time, but let him study the game a little more.

John Spindler Baltimore

Yankees lost series by swinging for fences

What America witnessed this week will surely go down in history as the greatest choke job in the history of sports. To lose the last four games of the American League Championship Series is nearly impossible - it had never been done, but the Yankees managed. How?

After they scored 19 runs in Game 3, they lost it. They all were swinging out of their shoes for the rest of the series, hacking at the ball as hard as they could, looking for the glory home run.

They tried to pull outside pitches out of the park, when they should have gone the other way. They bypassed the walk to try to get ESPN time with the long ball. In essence, they forgot how to hit for a few days, and it cost them. The pitchers threw meatballs down the middle instead of pitching like they did in the first three games. They looked scared.

I can only assume hitting coach Don Mattingly, pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre and manager Joe Torre noticed this, tried to correct it, and were ignored by the players. If these men did not try to correct the problem, they should be fired.

Owner George Steinbrenner is surely in an agitated state right now. His team played like boys on some sandlot in the Bronx. Look for big changes next year.

Jeff Mariner Phoenix

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