Letters to Sports: Boller isn't the reason

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Before anyone makes quarterback Kyle Boller a scapegoat, let's remember when Cal had Pat Barnes. Like Boller, Barnes was a heavily recruited quarterback coming out of high school. Barnes was considered a bust during his first three years at Cal. But the offensive philosophy at that time wasn't using Barnes' skills properly. It wasn't until his senior year when former head coach Steve Mariucci arrived that Barnes prospered. That's what's currently happening with Boller.

This type of offense isn't using Boller's skills properly. The tight end and fullback are nonexistent in this offense, which contributes to the lack of a threat in the running game and why Boller is constantly pressured. Instead of crossing routes, why isn't offensive coordinator Steve Hagen taking advantage of Boller's arm and have him throw the deep ball more often?

People want to complain that Boller throws the ball too hard, but remember we had to deal with the inability of Justin Vedder to throw the deep ball prior to the arrival of Boller. Boller came in with so many expectations, but he's not going to succeed with this type of offense. Who knows - by the end of this year we might just get lucky and have Mariucci back as our head coach again.

Gerald S. Ramos

Cal alumnus

Boller is out of time

Kyle Boller is the worst Cal quarterback in over a decade. Last Saturday's performance against Fresno State was more atrocious than the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The facts: Cal's first six possessions began in Bulldogs territory and cumulatively rendered zero points. The offense committed five delay of game penalties. Boller completed under 50 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions.

Kyle "Train Wreck" Boller was helpless against the FSU rush and was miserable in making quality completions. In Bollerworld, the quarterback telegraphs his intended receiver at the line of scrimmage, right in front of a blitzing defense. He then takes two years, six months and 14 days to release the ball when a "drop-one-two-three-read-read-read-throw formula" will perfectly do. Rushed under pressure, the quarterback throws a desperate, errant 80 mph pass to a receiver (seven yards away and clearly double-teamed by the corner and safety) and short hops the ball by about two yards.

They say the first two years of college ball is forgivable and not necessarily predictable of future play. Not necessarily predictable, my ass. This I promise you: The chances of Boller being a competitive quarterback and leading Cal to a bowl game are about as good as finding a hot date in Berkeley.

Cicero said, "When they are silent, they are shouting." I speak for every tight-lipped but outraged player when I say that Kyle is single-handedly ruining Cal football. It's time for Tom Holmoe to sack up and run this hack back to Newhall. With a college transfer named Eric Holtfreter good to go and a freshman named Reggie Robertson waiting in the wings, it behooves the coach to make changes at the quarterback position. If Holmoe resists, the only thing changing will be his work address.

Jay P Kim

Cal senior

Give Ervin a break

Cal swimmer Anthony Ervin did not have a "sub-par" performance leading off the U.S. in the 400-meter freestyle relay in Sydney ("Ervin Qualifies For 50-Free Final," Sept. 22) He swam his best time of 48.89 seconds from a flat start.

The first person on relay must react to the starting signal, versus the other three swimmers, who may be in motion as the swimmer in the water nears the wall. Mr. Ervin just happened to be up against Michael Klim, who set a world record of 48.18 leading off for Australia

Mary Jo Swalley

Executive Director, Southern California Swimming

Offense needs a change

Only three games into the football season and I am already looking forward to basketball season. Cal football continues to be an embarrassment on national television. I hope I am wrong, but realistically, the team could go 1-10 this year. The offense at San Jose State has flourished since Cal offensive coordinator Steve Hagen left. The offensive scheme is too complicated and it is not working. The time has come for a coaching change.

John Greenhut

Cal alumnus

Lost pride

Because I had been living abroad for more than six years, the Illinois game on TV was the first Cal football game that I was able to see in a long time.

After watching the game, as well as the Fresno State game, I was in disbelief. Our offense was just awful. Actually, it was painful to watch. Adding to my dismay, my friend tells me that our football team has been playing like this for the last four years.

I attended Cal in the early 1990s, and we always had competitive teams. Win or lose, the games were very fun to watch. But after watching just two Cal games this year, I can tell that we need a new coach. How can a coach, after four years, still not put an offense on the field that can score points? Furthermore, how can he not find and develop a kicker that can make a field goal - in four years?

Yet John Kasser, our obtuse athletic director, tells us that Holmoe is leading Cal in the right direction. Pure drivel. Mr. Kasser, our team is not improving, and you have an alumnus that no longer cares about the football team. Unlike the alumni at other schools, we do not expect much. We just want to see an exciting, competitive team that we can feel proud to support. As long as Tom Holmoe is our coach, we will never feel proud of our football team.

C.S. Pak

Cal alumnus


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