Saturday, December 11, 2010

What's in store for the Ravens O-Line?


Last year, Michael Oher looked like a steal when drafted No. 23 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. This season he has struggled often at left tackle and he is the team’s most penalized player. He’ll need to answer his critics with a turnaround in his performance. In 2009 the team boasted and expressed surprise about how Oher was available so late in the first round. This season some are looking at players like Clay Matthews, Vontae Davis and Hakeem Nicks and they wonder aloud how those players might look in purple.

As for the rest of the offensive line, look for the Ravens to stick with Oher at left tackle and augment the line in the draft on the right side. Word is the Ravens would like to add a right tackle or guard depending upon the availability of players on their draft board. The team is said to be very pleased with the play of Marshal Yanda at right tackle but would prefer to move him to guard where they think he has the potential to be an All Pro.

The time will come in 2011 or 2012 to move on from Matt Birk. Insiders believe that Chris Chester can be a very good center against a 4-3 defense but they have concerns with him against a 3-4 and that’s an alignment synonymous with Dick LeBeau’s defense in Pittsburgh. Therefore don’t expect the Ravens to hand that job over to the 2006 draft’s 56th overall pick.

2 comments :

Jerry B said...

They obviously need help here although had Gaither played, the starting line would have been formidable. It may be that Oher is better suited to RT, but time will tell. One thing is for certain - they CANNOT rely on Gaither being anything other than as originally billed, which is immature, poor work ethic and attitude all of which counter the enormous upside potential! This will be a high priority on draft day.......

Harryos29 said...

Dec 12th Harry OS 29
I like Matt Birk. They did not have a choice when Jason Brown left for St Louis; I think they made the best move for the team at the time. In a perfect world the Ravens would still have Jason Brown at Center and a healthy Jared Gaither at Right Tackle..and Joe Flacco would have those precious few extra seconds on pass plays to locate receivers deep down the field. However, as we all know Life is not Fair: Just looking at the Patriots destroying the BEARS in the snow. How, do the Patriots pick up smirf wide receivers and running backs like WOODHEAD and they just keep on scoring! What does Bilicheck Know that Cam Cameron does'nt know about OFFENSE????