Boller willing to see sports psychologist

Boller willing to see sports psychologist

OWINGS MILLS -- Kyle Boller isn't offended about Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick's suggestion that seeing a sports psychologist might calm him down under center. On the contrary, the struggling quarterback is not opposed to the idea.

"I'm going to do anything I can to be the best player that I can," Boller said. "If they think that's a good way to go about it, then I'm open to everything. It's not like I take that personally.

"There are a lot of people that see sports psychologists. Anything I can do to play better and help this team win."

Boller's mechanics and fundamentals are among his primary issues along with his questionable decision-making. He threw two interceptions and fumbled once in a 12-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Billick acknowledged that Boller might have been better off if he hadn't started right away and had an initiation akin to how Cincinnati's Carson Palmer learned as a rookie by watching Jon Kitna.

"I think there is some validity to that," Billick said. "If we could have orchestrated that or made that a priority, there might have been an upside to that."

Can Boller relax and fulfill the potential the Ravens saw in him when they drafted him in the first round out of California-Berkeley three years ago?

"I guess you just do it, you make yourself calm down," Boller said. "That's part of my problem, it's not all of my problem. I've made some bad decisions. As far as throwing the ball, I feel like I can put the ball where I want to. I don't feel inaccurate.

"I think some of my decision-making has been the issue, and it's obvious. My job is to move the ball, put points on the board and I'm not doing that. Turning the ball over, you might get away with some of that in college, but not in this league."

TURNING THE PAGE: Wide receiver Derrick Mason said he has resolved his issues with the coaching staff that led him to vent Sunday and call himself a glorified running back.

However, the Ravens' leading receiver didn't back off when asked if they reflect his true feelings.

"I'm not going to linger no more on those comments, I think everyone knows how I feel and I know how everyone feels, meaning coaches, head coach," Mason said. "For me to get into it anymore, it would be worthless. They understand the frustration.

"As a player, I got to understand the position they're in as a staff and what they're trying to do. A player venting, a player frustrated, that's going to happen sometimes, but don't let your frustration kill the locker room."

ROSTER MOVES: Offensive guard Keydrick Vincent's season officially ended Thursday as he was placed on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.

Vincent, the former Pittsburgh Steelers' blocker who started nine games after signing in the offseason, became the fifth starter to be placed on injured reserve.

The Ravens promoted rookie linebacker Zac Woodfin to the active roster from the practice squad. They signed rookie tight end Bobby Blizzard (North Carolina) to the practice squad.

TRAINING ROOM: Tight end Daniel Wilcox (high-ankle sprain) has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Offensive guard Jason Brown (ankle), fullback Justin Green (wrist), running back Jamal Lewis (thumb), linebacker Mike Smith (hamstring) and defensive end Tony Weaver (knee, back) are all questionable.

Tight end Todd Heap (toe), offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo (knee) and linebacker Adalius Thomas (thigh) are probable.

 

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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