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Jason Brown rips Kyle Boller

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

As best as I could tell, center Jason Brown and quarterback Kyle Boller were friendly teammates while with the Baltimore Ravens.

Yet Brown had no problem ripping Boller this weekend while talking to St. Louis reporters following his signing of a new five-year, $37.5 million contract.

"Kyle Boller with the Ravens, I love him to death, but you see what getting hit one too many times early in your career can do to you," Brown said, courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He became gun shy ... and he started to scramble. You have to have faith in your offensive line."

Ouch!

Not to say that Brown's assessment was inaccurate, but it did come off as unnecessary. St. Louis' newest addition should have been looking forward, not looking back.

If anything, Brown could have made his point without mentioning Boller and making an example of a friend and former teammate.