Q&A with Mike Preston

Q&A with Mike Preston

Sun columnist answers questions about the Ravens' win over the Texans



Dennis, Milton, Del.: Guess what a 11-4 record means? It's the starting record for home games of Kyle "Your Man" Boller. Bet you never got that one! I hope you finally give props to Kyle after finally getting a 2-minute game-ending score with some nice passes thrown throughout the game. It almost looked like last year with all of those drops off of our chests and Clarence Moore didn't have anything to do with it.

Mike Preston: OK, hurry over and let's put on our miniskirts and grab our pom poms. Ready, here we go: "Two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate? Kyle; Kyle; yeah, Kyle!" How about this one, Dennis? "Kyle, Kyle, he's my man, let's give him a great big hand. Yeah, Kyle!"

Now, while you're on the numbers kick, let's bring up No. 1, which is the number of TD drives Boller led against one of the worst defenses in the league Sunday, and the Ravens needed help with three penalties. And while we're cheering, you forgot to point out another record: 4-8. Yeah, team! So go ahead. Turn on Kool and The Gang, and we can all celebrate and have a good time.

Lars, San Diego: Please tell me there is no way that Billick can put a positive spin on this disaster. I agree more and more with Shannon Sharpe - Billick's and Boller's destinies are now linked and they both must go! It has never been more clear. The question is, who would want to come in to Baltimore as a quarterback with our miserable success rate with QBs?

Mike Preston: Nobody. Until they change coaches or schemes, it makes no difference about the quarterback. We can round up the usual suspects we talk about every week, but we keeping putting another finger in the dike instead of repairing the leak, or creating a new project. Apparently Dennis thought Boller looked like John Unitas in the 1958 championship game as Boller marched the Ravens down the field against the great Texans. After seven years of some of the worst offensive football in the NFL, Ravens games are now unwatchable. How can ownership sell this coach, this quarterback to the public next season? There is no hope right now. It doesn't mean you're not a fan to say that, but it's just being realistic. Until changes are made, they can bring in another quarterback, but the results will be the same.

Glenn, Nashville, Tenn.: Why did the Ravens wait until the second half of the Bengals' game and the last minute of the Texans' game to open up the offense for Boller? With the season at a loss, isn't it time to see what the offense can do without restraints? Why the continued conservative play?

Mike Preston: Because despite playing young players, the Ravens still want to win. Jobs are being lobbied for based on wins and losses. The Ravens control Boller because they know he is inaccurate and inconsistent. He can take a team out of a game in a hurry. They know what Boller can and can't do. He has to be restrained for the team to be competitive. If he isn't, God help the Ravens.

Dave, North East: Mike, tell the truth - winning 13-12 with 2:56 remaining, backed up inside their own 5, fourth down and 15 to go - the thought that the Ravens might INTENTIONALLY take the safety MUST have crossed your mind! They did everything else to give that game away.

Mike Preston: So are you suggesting the Ravens had Reggie Bush on their minds, or they are just that incompetent? It was definitely a 'buddy' game. Here Texans, you take it. No, no, sorry, here Ravens, you take it. I think they should have just flipped a coin, and spared us the three to four hours of misery trying to watch this game.

Ben, Baltimore: Should the Ravens try to sign Aaron Brooks? There's no doubt that 2005 has been a terrible year for him and the Saints, but could he potentially be a good fit in Baltimore?

Mike Preston: Read my answer to the second question. Aaron Brooks is not the answer. Tom Brady is not the answer. Peyton Manning would solve some problems, but wouldn't last a season behind this offensive line. There is more than just quarterback problems on this team.

Mike, Miami: Hey Mike, what direction do you think the Ravens should go in the early rounds of the draft? Don't you think that we need to establish a new team identity?

Mike Preston: The Ravens need to go out and find some offensive and defensive line help. That's where they need to start. They could use as many as four new starters on the offensive line, and possibly one or two on the defensive line. It's not hard to figure out. If your front seven is winning on both sides of the ball, then you're probably going to win games. The Ravens went for flash during the offseason instead of substance. They have gotten what they paid for because flash doesn't win games. Big guys up front win games on any level. That part of the game will never change.

GHT, Portland: Last week I wrote that B.J. Sams was our most electrifying player. Let me add one more adjective to that - idiotic. I didn't even know you could fair catch a kickoff.

Mike Preston: No argument here. Idiotic is appropriate.

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