Thursday, April 15, 2010
Boller is not the answer in Oakland
By Bill Williamson
After an offseason of rumors and speculation, the Raiders have signed a quarterback. Yet, the Raiders’ need for a quarterback remains.
The team announced that it signed former first-round pick Kyle Boller. He was with St. Louis last season. Boller, who played at Cal, was Baltimore's top pick in 2003. He has started 46 games in the NFL, including four games last season.
Boller will be reunited with new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in Oakland. Jackson was a part of the Ravens’ staff in 2008 as quarterback coach. Boller spent that season on the injured reserve. Oakland had interest in Boller as a free agent last season.
The Raiders can’t expect too much from Boller. He does have some nice playing experience, but he’s never been a top quarterback and two months before turning 29, Boller can’t realistically be expected to be anything more than a backup. But he is better than Charlie Frye, who had been Oakland’s third quarterback.
If Oakland doesn’t add another quarterback and Boller beats out JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski, I couldn’t imagine that being a good sign for Oakland in 2010. But as a backup, Boller isn’t a horrible option.