Yes, I'm still whacko about Joe Flacco after his lackluster performance in the Ravens' 16-15 victory over the Patriots last night. I can't deny that he looked slow and indecisive in his preseason debut, but there were times that he got no separation from the third-string offensive line when he dropped back to pass.
He'll play better next time, I'm sure, though it's obviously going to take some time for him to adjust to the difference in game speed between second-tier college football and the NFL -- enough time that it could be quite awhile before he catches up enough to warrant any serious discussion about taking over as the starter.
The quarterback controversy will thicken in the second preseason game. Troy Smith is expected to start against the Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium next Saturday night in a game that could go a long way toward determining whether he wins the right to start the regular season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Next man up: Troy Smith
Smith was not particularly impressive after replacing Boller late in the first half, but it wasn't exactly a showcase for any of the three QBs.
Which brings us to a question that me, Steve Davis and Michael McCrary discussed last night on the WBAL postgame show:
Six teams are reportedly interested in veteran QB Chad Pennington, who was released by the Jets on Thursday to clear cap room for the acquisition of Brett Favre. Do you think the Ravens are -- or should be -- one of those teams?
Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.