Monday, February 01, 2010

If Troy Smith wants out, wish him luck!

Some folks have a problem with Troy Smith’s comments about wanting to play in Cleveland. In case you missed it, here’s what Smith had to say:

"[Playing in Cleveland] has always been a childhood dream of mine. It's funny how we always talk about Cleveland. That's the first thing that comes to mind with anything I do whether I get a chance to come home and be a part of that organization or not.

"You know, I would love to get that chance if that opportunity comes up, but the political and right thing to say in this situation is that I would love to be anywhere that would give me a chance. But, without a doubt, there would be no second guessing in my mind if I could come back home and be a part of something that I love."

As a Ravens’ fan, do you have a problem with this?

As a fan of Baltimore sports, wouldn’t you have loved to hear Mark Texiera say something like this before he signed with the Yankees?

Smith is ambitious and he wants to fulfill a dream. That ambition can’t really hurt the Ravens now can it?

I don’t think so.

Will it hurt the team in the locker room?


His teammates would all say he just wants to play and they also might add that overused cliché that goes like this: “It’s just business.”

Will it hurt the organization?


If Smith wants to sell his “wares” elsewhere, go for it! He’s a short-term backup anyway who will get restless as Joe Flacco’s perpetual relief pitcher. If the Ravens can even manage to pick up Cleveland’s fourth round pick after a draft day panic attack or more equitably a fifth round pick for Smith, why not take it? Maybe that pick becomes a Pro Bowler like Le'Ron McClain or Adalius Thomas.

Smith has an inflated opinion of his skills. And that’s not necessarily bad. He can prove everyone wrong somewhere else. That opportunity won’t present itself here and if it does, that means there are some bad things going on in Ravenstown with Mr. Flacco. (Go ahead, knock on wood.)

The Ravens have John Beck, arguably a better quarterback than Smith who just might be willing to take the Frank Reich/Todd Collins career approach and welcome a lengthy and lucrative livelihood as an NFL backup.

No worries Troy Smith. Go on that campaign trail.

May you and the Ravens emerge successfully!


Harryos29 said...

Feb 1, 2010 Harry OS 29
... I would Tell Troy Smith, with all due respects that SOUTH WEST has 10 Fights daily to CLEVELAND....
.. I like Troy.. I think he is a sincere young man, who just wants a chance. However, like the players say "ITS A BUSINESS" ..When OZZIE put in the CARD to SELECT JOE FLACCO...that was the END of TROY SMITHS Chances in Baltimore. I hope that the Ravens do the compassionate thing and let the young man go to CLEVELAND and have a nice time. I hate to hear people whine.

Jerry B said...

Can't blame a guy for wanting to play, but I think Beck gives them a better option as a backup and, he's apparently comfortable in that role. So, Troy, "Bon Voyage" and don't let the door hit you in the rear end on the way out!

Anonymous said...

Troy should get a chance to play football.