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The only thing surprising about Ravens coach Brian Billick's press conference yesterday was that he didn't immediately announce that Kyle Boller would replace Steve McNair at quarterback for Sunday's game against Cleveland. And given that the Ravens are now reporting that McNair has a shoulder injury, it's even a little more mystifying that Billick didn't seize the chance to announce the change. Of course, he could have already made up his mind and is simply being prudently polite.

Polite is not what Ravens fans are inclined to be at the moment. They've seen the Ravens struggle all season. And since a loss in Buffalo a month ago, the offense's performance has gotten steadily worse.

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Sun Ravens' beat writer Jamison Hensley got it right when he wrote today that Billick is being mindful of McNair's status in the locker room. When I suggested a week ago that would be a factor in the coach's decision to pull the veteran QB, some fans understandably screamed that the locker room sentiment shouldn't be an issue.

Well, Billick can't allow it to be any longer. However the coach wants to handle this, the decision is obvious. He has to make the transfer from McNair to Boller and it has to be for the rest of the season. The Ravens can't put this off any longer. They need to know whether they have a quarterback in the locker room so they then know what their priorities are in the offseason.

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