Seriously. I would say that the offense struggling with Caldwell as OC in his first game was to be expected. Just as I would not expect a quick fix of playing McKinnie, moving Oher to RG and Osemele to LG would be a positive after one game. I would expect the offense to probably play worse after totally rearranging the line with two games left.
The problem is long term. McKinnie is not a long term solution. Oher may or may not be. Right now it appears he's not. But fans are looking for a quick fix. Even if McKinnie played well individually for one game, I still wouldn't say that it proves he should have been playing all along. We don't know how he would have performed compared to Oher over an entire season. Just because Oher looks bad doesn't prove McKinnie is better.
Well, then we all may as well just accept that this season is lost for the Ravens, because I really don't see the OL play improving dramatically with the same players out there. I can't remember the last time I have enjoyed a Ravens season as little as I have enjoyed this one.
I don't have a problem with team deciding in training camp need to go with a younger guy in Oher who has played well enough to think he can be a long term solution.
It's like a Paul Kruger situation. He was slammed as a bust by many, but the Ravens made a commitment to him (partly because a guy like Kindle flamed out and a guy like JJ got older and more expensive) -- and it worked out.
I don't blame them for committing to Oher this year to see if he too could turn the corner. I also don't blame them for thinking that McKinnie isn't the answer based on what they saw in camp, and in practices since.
If the coaches want to try McKinnie right now because Oher has fallen off as far as he has, okay, I trust that decision, but I also think there is just as much risk that it sends backwards making big changes this late (Just like the Cam decision).
Shas- I guess we will just have to agree to disagree on this. Thanks, I enjoyed the discussion.
Thanks, no problem. I guess, for me, it comes down to the fact that I don't see that big a difference between the players. They both seem pretty flawed to me, and I can't really bitch about the decision to start one over the other, and I can understand the decision to see what they have for the future in Oher, given that their talent was close enough.
Same story for Jah Reid and Bobby Williams. I understand going with the younger guy over the talented veteran who may be too banged up or slowed to be what he once was. The fact that Jah hasn't knocked it out of the park doesn't make the decision to start him over Williams wrong...it just makes the talent they have on the O line disappointing. It's frustrating not to think they have a solution in the wings when they are on the brink of being pretty darn good, but I don't think they have a solution in the wings when it comes to improving the offensive line play.
at the rate Oher is giving up sacks its a matter of time one of those sacks result in flacco getting hurt, although injuries can come at any time keeping Oher in there gives that probablity of flacco getting hurt a much higher rate, you think we look bad with flacco now, let tyrod taylor play behind center. This offense is not working, one of those problems are gone the next 2 is 1. the system and 2. Oline...some guys just don't have it and Oher just doesn't have it playing LT. Filmstudy who we all know and respect on this board have said it many times Oher is not a quality tackle in this league but this FO and coaching staff is gonna die by opposite.