Backup QB Boller aims to eliminate mistakes
The backup quarterback is getting extended playing opportunity, perhaps the rest of the season, given that
Boller threw two interceptions last week, including one on a tipped pass that was returned for the go-ahead touchdown in last weekend’s 27-17 loss to the
“I wish a ball would pop 10 feet in the air and hit the guy in stride for a touchdown,” Boller said Wednesday. “That’s the way it goes. You have to protect the ball but I’m still going to go out there and try to make plays.”
Boller, who landed with a one-year free agent contract after sitting out 2008 with a shoulder injury in Baltimore, isn’t going to change. Despite the mounting mistakes, he said there’s no way he’ll go conservative this weekend at Chicago when he makes his second straight start.
“I’m not going to play scared, that’s when you do turn the ball over,” he said. “I don’t foresee that being a problem.”
“I’m sure if you ask Kyle, certainly the second one, he’d like to have a better throw,” Spagnuolo said of the interceptions by Seattle. “I know Kyle would like to have both of them back.”
The coach has been able to say that a lot. Four of Boller’s turnovers have been returned for touchdowns, and two came in the red zone.
Of course, it’s not all the quarterback’s fault. The
“Sometimes your best throws are when you get hit and you lay on the ground and hopefully they’re applauding when you play at home,” Boller said. “It was a little harder this week, definitely.”
“It’s a humbling experience,” Brown said. “I did not want to miss this practice, not at all, but it’s all about doing the smart thing.”
Boller can’t worry about that stuff.
“You just keep fighting, that’s all you can do,” he said. “You try to be optimistic and still make it fun, and work. We’re pros, that’s what we’re supposed to do.”
The team also said it will wait until tackle