ProFootballTalk.com wrote:RAVENS WRESTLE WITH COLLINS
A league source tells us that the powers-that-be in Baltimore currently are wresting with the question of whether to pursue free-agent quarterback Kerry Collins.
We're told that head coach Brian Billick and assistant Jim Fassel are in favor of adding Collins to a team that arguably has the horses to contend for a Super Bowl berth. However, G.M. Ozzie Newsome and other members of the front office prefer sticking with Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright.
The Billick-and-Fassel camp believes that Boller will be a good NFL quarterback, but that he's not ready to maximize his talents. In a league where the pressure to win now is greater than ever, grooming a young quarterback via a baptism by fire is becoming a less palatable option for head coaches who face an increasing string of "If they can win, why can't we?"-type questions from ownership.
But since front offices in most cities rarely feel the same pressure as the coaching staffs to produce in the short term, it's understandable that the execs will lean toward using the guys whom they've already acquired -- especially when the Ravens gave up a first-rounder in 2004 for the ability to jump back into round one and bag Boller in 2003.
Newsome and company also believe, we're told, that Wright provides a more-than-capable contingency plan in the event that Boller isn't ready. As we see it, however, Boller is far more likely to accept another year or two in the background if the starter is a guy like Collins, who was drafted higher than Boller and who has a Super Bowl appearance on his resume.
Was anyone actually impressed by Boller's play last season? Canacuna says, "Bring in Collins, let Boller learn for a year or two on the sideline." The offense is probably going to have enough problems already - why not bring in a proven/decent QB to try and lessen the below averageness of it?