Maybe Jack Cornell is really the legit player that the Ravens coaching staff seem to think he is?
I don't understand how they insist on putting KO at LT after he himself said he's not a tackle. He has all-pro potential at guard, but they want to move him anyway. I hope this is just a smokescreen.
I voted Oher, despite the fact that the team appears to be looking for something better. If not Oher, then I would guess McKinnie assuming he gets/stays in shape (otherwise maybe a repeat of last year where McKinnie rides bench until crunchtime).
I definitely agree with wicked that surrounding Gino with a great guard on either side is very appealing, so hopefully KO stays at LG or we find someone better than last year's Jah Reid/Bobby Williams rotation at the spot if KO plays tackle.
I ended up voting for Osemele. I think they are going to give him a shot. I just don't see them making a big move in free agency or bringing McKinney back. They obviously aren't interested in McKinney beyond anything other than a one year stop gap, and if it comes down to that--which is still a gamble since he hasn't performed at a top level of 16 games in quite a while-- then I get the impression they'd just as soon experiment with Osemele at LT this year. If he works out then he's a huge win for them since they'll have lots of options at guard, including some late cuts.
While Bobbie Williams wasn't a great answer last year, I wouldn't be adverse to making that same sort of move, or giving the LG job to a younger player. I'm the only one left on the planet who still sees something in Ramone Harewood, but I'd like to see him get a shot at LG if Osemele is the LT. I like Harewood a bit more than Reid for LG.
Anyone remember when the Ravens tried moving Edwin Mulitalo to right tackle? It reminds me of the Osemele situation. Edwin played left tackle at Arizona, but was thought not to have the feet to play the position in the NFL. So he slipped to the fourth round of the 1999 draft and the Ravens turned him into a solid NFL guard for his first three seasons. In 2002 they were struggling to fill the RT position. The year before Leon Searcy had been signed but blew out his triceps. Then in 2002 they thought they had Marcus Spears signed to play RT but he backed out. That's when they tried moving Edwin there, but he flopped and they ended up playing, gulp, Ethan Brooks there.
Seems like Osemele all over again. A college LT who played like a stud for the Ravens at LG and now they are nearly forced to try him at tackle. I hope history doesn't repeat itself all the way through.
However, folks have this idea that KO (once shifted to LG) became a demon in the playoffs. Nope. WRT run blocking according to PFF.com, two of his worst three games came in the playoffs. Ironically, his best run blocking game was the SB. He was a demon that game, no doubt.
About Oher...his worse deficiency is also his run blocking. It was atrocious in 2012...way worst than his pass blocking. According to PFF.com 3 of his worst 4 run blocking games were in the playoffs. LT, RT, regular season, playoffs...Oher is a productivity hindrance where ever he lines up. His outstanding rookie year, for whatever reason, was a statistical anomaly. Plain and simple.
Of course that sort of glosses over the fact that of the final nine, only five were at RT and four at LG. Still, it does remind us that the guy was a rookie and he did improve even at the tackle spot.Quote:
Osemele admitted that he had a "shaky" start to his rookie year but he got more comfortable as the season wore on. Playing right tackle, he allowed seven sacks in his first 11 games but none in his final nine, according to Pro Football Focus.
My preference would be to leave him at guard, let him dominate there, and put a good left tackle next to him. But I don't know that there is a good LT at their disposal.
Move your starting LG to LT and if he doesn't work out there move him back and then move your starting RT to LT and insert ? at RT?
That is a recipe for disaster.