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Boller takes over reins as Ravens' quarterback

Boller takes over reins as Ravens' quarterback

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens emerged from their huddle and formally unveiled a quarterback audible that lost its secret status days ago. Strong-armed rookie Kyle Boller unseated incumbent Chris Redman as the Ravens' starting quarterback for the season-opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The decision announced Saturday morning to have a 22-year-old lead the offense defies a football history book that indicates the NFL is a dangerous environment for rookie passers.

However, multiple factors led to an organizational decision finalized by coach Brian Billick to anoint the first-round draft pick from Cal as the Ravens' fifth quarterback to begin the season in five years. The Ravens' internal debate didn't ignore the disastrous results of past rookie signal caller debuts, including Terry Bradshaw, John Elway and Peyton Manning, but nevertheless went against...

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