Advice for Boller: Give it time

Originally Published: December 16, 2004
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
As the Baltimore Ravens eye a Sunday Night Football showdown with the Indianapolis Colts, Ravens QB Kyle Boller is coming off his best game of the season (18-of-34 for 219 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions).

A Baltimore quarterback throwing four TD passes is like another QB in a pass-oriented offense throwing 10.

The approach of the Baltimore Ravens under head coach Brian Billick has been to win with a great defense and with Jamal Lewis running the ball -- and that formula won a Super Bowl.

But Baltimore's defensive collapse in a 27-26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago ought to make the Ravens realize that they can't expect their defense alone to win games. They need to be able to throw the ball effectively to put more points on the board.

I believe Boller is up to that task. He's getting into a rhythm and showing signs of the confidence Billick showed in him last year when Boller started as a rookie. And the task has been tougher with Lewis missing four of the past eight games due to injury.

Joe Theismann

Football analyst
Former college and pro football star Joe Theismann has served as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football since 1988. He also is frequently heard on ESPN Radio, regularly contributes to and has contributed to the NFL Draft.