Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ravens hit spin cycle to thwart QB rumors

I find it hard to believe that the Ravens are actually going to use a roster spot for what appears to be their new QB – the great Casey Bramlet (according to Comcast SportsNet). The guy has as many NFL completions as I do. He can’t be anything more than just another arm at practice to spare Joe Flacco and Troy Smith, can he?

Hit the spin cycle please...

Kyle Boller awaits a second opinion on an MRI of his shoulder that apparently puts his season in jeopardy. If you buy what the Ravens are selling, Boller will not require surgery and he will work through the injury with extensive rehab therapy and he’ll return to the sideline in ’08.

Oh really?

Let’s assume that Boller returns by week 6. Would he be inserted as the starter then? Doubtful! He wasn’t even named the starter after several weeks of training camp. Six weeks from now, who knows what the Ravens’ record will be but chances are it won’t be good. Why then insert a rusty Boller when a shiny galvanized Boller can't get it done? What would be the point? Does anyone really expect him to be around in ’09? If healthy the only reason to play him is if the offensive line was an accessory to the murders of Smith, Flacco and Bramlet (or some other clandestine QB).

Let’s get real here – the signing of Casey Bramlet is nothing more than a red herring in an attempt to not look so desperate for a quarterback so as to avoid a high ransom for the QB they really want. We can all hear it now....

"Kyle will be back and the team is very happy to have found a QB of Bramlet's skills and familiarity with the offense."

Hit the spin cycle again!

This team can't possibly go into the season with 3 quarterbacks who collectively have 2 NFL starts, can they?

Sure Bramlet is familiar with Cam Cameron’s offense and he knows the QB Coach Hue Jackson from their days together in Cincinnati. But for crying out loud, this guy was behind Cleo Lemon (a Ravens' summer camp castoff) on the 1-15 Miami Dolphins' depth chart. Gee and we thought we had already experienced the abyss of quarterbacking in the NFL.

My bet is that Bramlet will be around for a week or two until the Ravens strike a deal for a real third quarterback. And when they do, the Ravens will announce what most of us suspect anyway – Kyle Boller’s season is done and so is his career as a Raven.

And I’ll still have as many career completions in the NFL as Casey Bramlet.

Thanks for the memories Kyle.

Photo by Sabina Moran


Anonymous said...

Wrong as usual Tony. The Ravens want Smith and Flacco to be their QB's. Bramlett will be here for the whole season. And you'll still be worse at journalism than Bramlett is at Quaterbacking.

Anonymous said...

Assuming that Bramlet is being used as a smoke screen (why ELSE would he be here, other than to avoid having to bring in Clayton as an emergency backup) -- do you honestly think the rest of the teams are so stupid they don't realize that? I guess Bramlet is better than nothing, but that's about it. I've really lost a lot of respect for the Ravens organization over the past 4 months.

Tony Lombardi said...

Anonymous 1: Maybe my journalism professor and your spelling teacher are one and the same...

Thanks for chiming in with your insight.

Squeezle said...


what do you think of the rumor that the Ravens are trying to pick up John Beck from the Dolphins? He knows the offense but had a tough year last year with the Dolphins. He no longer fits in to the Dolphins philosophy because he is more of a west coast offense signal caller which is why Cameron drafted him in the first place.

Harryos29 said...

Harry o 29
Casey Bramlet was a hair away from 2 TD passes in his first game with the Ravens. But, so has Boller been in that same scenario for 5 years.
... Many things go into a QB signing and you surely had to have a player , who was familiar with Cameron's system... to be thrust in there at such short notice.
... I love these people who do not have the GUTS to sign their name..when they ATTACK Tony.. Atleast have the Nerve to sign on , and let us know that you are from DUNDALK !!!!

Lets just hope that Flacco is not seriously injured in his first start, or you will see Mark Clayton back there.
I have faith that things will improve; and I do feel badly for Coach HARDBALL. He deserved a better fait! OH.. did anyone See Coach Billick , live on ch-45 Sunday nite with Bruce Cunningham?
Rave on!!!!