I take back every post I ever made in support of McKinnie starting over Oher at LT.
Still think Oher belongs at guard, KO should be RT, and it's finally time to draft a real LT.
A legitimate LT is what's truly holding this offensive line back. If they can find one this off-season, the entire line could fall into place. Oher can return to his strongest position (RT), alongside Yanda. Those two work very well together. Osemele can move to LG, the position he seemed best suited for transitioning to the NFL.
It would then be a matter of who takes over at C, but there would be few downgrades at this point for that spot.
Just reality setting in, but I'm betting we draft a LT in the middle rounds to groom, they again stick Oher at LT for next year and go with Jah or maybe a FA at LG. They at least figure'd out Harewood was a flop.
Oher is to Harbaugh as Boller was to Billick. That high draft pick force a round peg into a square hole by any means neccissary to save face BS.
I don't like Oher at LT and I don't particularly think he's a tackle at all. I don't know if it's confidence or what... but he seems to have a few plays a game where he just doesn't know what to do or gets beat and he just gives up.
He's still an aggressive and tough run blocker, but seeing him stand around watching guys run past him and never really seeming to grasp that he might want to block somebody makes me question if he's just not paying attention to coaching or if he's not getting the coaching he needs (not that an NFL lineman should need to be told to do his job.) He'd be better at guard where the blocking assignments are easier.
I really hope they get Oday Aboushi or Ricky Wagner in the 2nd or 3rd rounds... they're guys who I think would be better LTs than Oher pretty quickly and could force him inside to his natural position.
I'd love if they got a natural lt and kicked oher inside to rg. Oher is just not good in space and can't handle speed rushers.
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honestly i didnt see much of a difference between Oher and McKinnie, besides the run game, which is pretty much a known strength for Oher. I never let one performance be deciding factors and that certainly goes for a game where the #1 goal was leaving healthy. I wont knock either for their performance sunday.
So while Oher might not be the worst, he's at best 25th.
And YES, McKinney looked as terrible as Oher with No effort, but that's with no effort. If the guy had the job all year he may have put in some effort, and some effort is all it would take to be better then Oher, who is simply unfit for the posiionand looks liek a boy amongst men in passblocking.
Look at cats with 16 starts this year, and Oher is comfortably among the very worst in sacks, hits, hurries and penalties, so yeah we're getting crap value from this guy...which also speaks to our crap depth. It's embarrassing.
Oher is getting a pretty big pay bump in 2013 compared to 2012. That may be why we have heard about the Ravens wanting to extend Oher after this season. With respect to Oher moving to LG, I think he sees himself as a OT not an OG. Since Oher is clearly unfit to play LT, he would by default be the RT. If the Ravens see Osemele as the RT of the future fore the Ravens, where does that leave Oher? Do the Ravens even resign him, or does Oher think that he can get a better offer elsewhere?
7/29/2009: Signed a five-year, $13.795 million contract. The deal contains $7.8 million guaranteed, including an initial roster bonus of $940,000 and a second-year option bonus of $4.7 million. 2012: $865,000, 2013: $3.085 million, 2014: Free Agent