Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

August 21, 2008 | Glenn Clark

Okay, so Troy Smith is the starter Saturday. That’s probably the best thing for everyone. Troy Smith has the chance to go out and play reasonably well to clinch the starting job, or he has the chance to crap the bed and hand the job to Kyle Boller. But the job is his for the taking, and he controls his own fate.

I firmly believe that Troy Smith WILL win the starting QB job Saturday night, even if it is not in overwhelming fashion. A 10-19 performance for 134 yards and a rushing TD will be enough.

My bigger issue is with John Harbaugh and the Ravens. To update my running “Am I convinced that John Harbaugh is a real NFL Head Coach?” radar……I’m still not. I can’t stand the thought process of “We have the right to wait until 5 minutes before the Bengals game to make our decision.” We all know that John. Hell, you have the right to wait until the first offensive play to make the decision. But there are a group of people who invest THOUSANDS of dollars in this organization every year, and they would really like to get a better idea of what direction this organization is going in.

I want to take you back to the blog Kevin Byrne wrote on BaltimoreRavens.com on January 24, talking about the coaching hire. When the brass interviewing John Harbaugh told him that they had concerns and started asking questions, he responded by saying…..

“Look, I don’t have all the answers, but I’ll know where to find them.”

That might have been a nice emotional answer at the time, but looking back-I’m worried it might be an indictment on John Harbaugh. I wonder if he really just DOESN’T have the answers, and think we should be willing to give him time to find them.

John, there’s a regular season that begins in 17 days. It’s time you find those answers. Don’t try to out-think anyone. Just give us the answers. You don’t get the benefit of the doubt yet, you haven’t earned it.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say……

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester says if T. Smith stinks, its Boller Time

Chris Pika says T. Smith doesn’t need to be perfect, just good enough vs. Rams

Matt Berger relieved Turner won’t transfer

Anne Boone-Simanski says Mervo to dedicate field to Modell today

The Fighting Ungers say Orioles closer to turnaround than Ravens

Drew Forrester thinks Ravens, Terps will BOTH use at least 3 QB’s

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Birds rally from 4-0 hole to beat Sox

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak expects Liz to get nod for Friday start

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Francona contacts Orioles after Sherrill goes to DL

The Official Site’s Amanda Comak says Birds call up Mickolio to take Sherrill’s roster spot

Red Sox Official Site’s Ian Browne says Buchholz blasted, then demoted

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Mora’s big night happened after being plunked earlier

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Francona also called Sherrill personally

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says close proximity of minor league teams helping Birds

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Burres could also rejoin rotation

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Wieters homers again on farm

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Waters got squeezed due to high pitch count in 1st

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Reds borrow page from Birds

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says O. Salazar gets three hits in Norfolk loss on farm

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says injury to Frederick’s Snyder not considered serious

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Sarfate solid out of pen again

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Crowley ‘approachable’ in clubhouse

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Mickolio dealing with nerves in first trip to bigs

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Mora homers, grabs 4 RBI in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Lane says Albers moved to 60 Day DL to make room for Mickolio on roster

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Ray ‘pitched without pain’ in rehab assignment

The AP says R. Hernandez drilled three run homer in win for Birds

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Waters gets win despite giving up 5 runs in 5 innings

Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Orioles don’t think All-Star game put Sherrill on DL

Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin says Sox remain 4 ½ back after loss

Boston Herald’s Jeff Horrigan says this Buchholz much different than pitcher who no hit O’s last year

Providence Journal’s Joe McDonald says Buchholz threw just 60 pitches in loss

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says T. Smith named starter for Saturday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McClain will get chance to run more often

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says E. Jones to TE ‘full-blown experiment’

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says PSL Wait List sold out

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Yanda took snaps at center

The Sun’s David Steele not surprised QB situation unresolved

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says T. Smith could play us much as 3 quarters Saturday night

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ryan excited to get secondary back in tact

The Sun’s Edward Lee says E. Jones didn’t take TE move seriously in offseason

The Sun’s Mike Preston thinks Harbaugh expects to have to use both QB’s

Aaron Wilson says start ‘prime opportunity’ for T. Smith to nail down job

Aaron Wilson says E. Jones could still help Ravens at LB

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Harbaugh expects T. Smith to get bulk of playing time Saturday

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says learning still important for Flacco

The AP says Boller might not even play vs. Rams

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘obviously’ want to see T. Smith win job

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Turner won’t transfer

The Sun’s Don Markus says friends, teammates played major role in keeping Turner in College Park

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner wants to graduate as Terp

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says death of grandfather part of reason Turner considered transfer

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says hospitalization makes Taylor learn dehydration can happen to athletes of all sizes

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says position battles continue on defense for Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Green returns to practice

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Ralph knew QB decision would cause problems either way

The Diamondback’s Jeff Newman says Meggett pushing to move all the way to top of depth chart

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich thinks Turner will play for Terps in ‘08

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Ralph thinks Terps have had just ‘one bad practice’ so far (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Gronkowski succeeding on, off field (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS SOCCER:

The Official Site says former Terp Edu to don video game cover

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo pleased with Special Teams

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ingram ideal leader to coach undersized linemen

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says surprises moving up depth chart

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Finnerty ‘ready’

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews ’08 season

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says former Bear D. Johnson to receive Hall of Fame honor

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Norris to anchor O-Line for Bears

The Examiner’s Dave Carey picks Bears 2nd in MEAC

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Hounds get four games in NIT

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s David Grening says Big Brown’s next start likely to come at Monmouth

OLYMPICS:

The AP says former Terp Jasikevicius scores 23 as Lithuania eliminates China

The AP says former Bird D. Johnson enjoying experience as U.S. manager

The Sun’s Childs Walker says Phelps memorabilia hot commodity as well

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps in Norris territory

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps took to Hilton pool before leaving Beijing

The Sun’s Rick Maese says Phelps undecided between Boller, T. Smith

The Examiner’s Frank Deford says Phelps’ Olympics may be ‘single most sustained success any athlete ever achieved in an intense period’

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Phelps hopes to see Ravens in Super Bowl

The AP says Bolt stealing spotlight in Phelps’ Olympics

Washington Post’s John Scheinman says perfect now ‘Phelpsian’

Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Rhoads says Phelps’ agent Carlisle working hard

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-While I would prefer to see Hayden Penn and Brad Bergesen; I understand the reasoning behind giving Radhames Liz and Brian Burres their spots in the rotation back. They don’t want to start Bergesen’s service time; and Hayden Penn’s injury is going to keep him from getting the spot. Hopefully Liz got enough confidence back in Norfolk that he will trust his stuff.

-Chris Turner made the right decision by deciding not to transfer. He is not out of the picture at Maryland and still has plenty to prove. If Jordan Steffy can’t stay healthy or is ineffective (which are both questions I guess); he will get his chance sooner than later.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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