Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gaither takes chair once occupied by McAlister, McGahee

The Ravens offensive line was supposed to be one of the team's strengths this season. However, the deck has been shuffled a bit on the offensive front and now three starters are new to the mix: Michael Oher LT; Chris Chester RG; Marshal Yanda RT.

The Ravens have invested coaching time with this unit and they are hoping that they gel. Don't expect any lineup changes unless they falter and if they do, don't be surprised if it's Oniel Cousins who gets the call before Jared Gaither.

The former Terp is recovering from a back injury which isn't believed to be season threatening but the bet here is that Gaither will assume the doghouse seat formerly occupied by Chris McAlister and Willis McGahee even when he says he's fit to go.

Gaither's dependability is shaky and many question his love (or lack thereof) for the game.

And that as John Harbaugh would say, isn't "Playing Like a Raven."


Jerry B said...

Gaither presents a real dilemma as they can't put him on PUP and they don't want to put him on IR. If they could have gotten something for him in trade during the offseason they would have, but it's too late now. He's a guy with tremendous potential who has lived up to (or down to!) his reputation in college as an immature underachiever. Even if he recovers from his "injury" (ies), he'll never be reliable, so the sooner he's gone, the better.....

Phil from Frostburg said...

The first two games demonstrate how critical Gaither is to the offense. It's too late for this season to get hot and bothered by his mercurial nature. The offseason was the time to find better backups at OT, and they decided not to. Now, the team has to get him back in playing shape and ride him as long as it can. Our offense (any offense) is a mess when defenses can get consistent pressure from a four man rush.