Kyle Boller and Troy Smith

December 17, 2007 |

I’ve been getting e-mails out the “whazu” today. I don’t know what a “whazu” is, I’m not even sure if you spell it that way.

The e-mails are all centered around Troy Smith, and his performance yesterday. I’ll admit, he looked poised and confident. I was more impressed with the play when he scrambled out of a sack in the end zone and threw the ball away than any other play. Not to say that he didn’t do anything else that was impressive, it’s just that the play showed composure.

I’ll compare Smith’s two performances to a personal situation. When I worked for a different company, I worked for a supervisor that was awful. No one liked him. In fact, he may have been one of the worst supervisors that anyone could have.

Finally, the company was smart enough to replace him. The next guy was completely different. He even had legitimate supervisory skills. We all loved him. He was going to save us. He was going to be what a supervisor should be.

As the months went on, we realized he wasn’t that good either. Yes, he was better than the other guy, but he still wasn’t very good. The problem was, he was judge against pretty low standards. It’s like having Doug DeCinces after Brooks Robinson. Hitting .259 with 237 homeruns and 879 rbi isn’t bad if you’re taking over for Wayne Gross, but not for Brooks.

I don’t know how good Troy Smith is, or how good he’s going to be. I’m just not going to make the mistake of simply judging him against Kyle Boller. While he may be better than Boller, I don’t know if that’s going to be good enough. The Miami Dolphins spent years trying to replace Jay Fiedler because he wasn’t Dan Marino. Things haven’t been the same in South Beach since they replaced him. Truth is, Fiedler wasn’t so bad after all.

Kyle Boller is not the quarterback of the future for this team. We all know that, but let’s not give it to someone before we REALLY know what he’s capable of doing. Isn’t that how we got here in the first place?

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