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  1. #49
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    Re: Is It Time To Trade For major Tarde OL Player



    The Ravens have been content to stay the course. Right or wrong, this is the offensive line that the Ravens want.
    I agree to an extent. I think the Ravens were banking on 2 things happening:

    1. That Mulitalo, Ogden, Flynn and Vincent would recover from injuries or take a new approach to conditioning this off-season and the result would be a return to their form of years past. Ogden hired a personal trainer and was reportedly in decent shape (which has partially or totally now been negated in the down-time following his father's passing). Mulitalo was injured to start the year last season and spent the entire off-season at the training facility. Vincent was injured last year.

    2. The younger lineman drafted in the previous seasons would develop and either push the veterans or out-right replace them.

    So I think it is somewhat inaccurate to state that the Ravens were "content" with the status quo. They realized changes were needed. However, their expectation (gamble?) was that the change would come from their current personnel or that those changes made in previous seasons - drafted lineman and new OL coach - would materialize.

    To this point, it is not evident that these changes have worked and I agree it is very troubling factor heading into the season.

    One note on "who's to blame?"...I agree that Billick can only play the players he's given, but anybody that understands how the Ravens work also understand that it is the coach's responsibility (and specifically the position coaches' responsibility) to provide info as to whether a certain player can be retained or if upgrades must be considered.

    Now, whether Billick and Forrester were banging the table at the off-season meetings asking for new talent on the OL or whether they were telling Ozzie they had the players to succeed, we'll most likely never know.....until someone is replaced.




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    Re: Is It Time To Trade For major Tarde OL Player

    To this point, it is not evident that these changes have worked and I agree it is very troubling factor heading into the season.
    I was very unhappy with the OL play last week and I think we have still had issues in every game, but I wouldn't say it is completely unimproved. The OL did play fairly well against a good Eagles DL and Giants DL. This could have just been a flat week. We haven't traveled well in a while, let's see if Billick can fix that. It might be more that than personnel.




  3. #51

    Re: Is It Time To Trade For major Tarde OL Player

    looks like we might have some competition from one of their other former coaches:
    http://www.azcardinals.com/fanzone/m...ead.php?t=9878




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    Re: Is It Time To Trade For major Tarde OL Player

    If you can't win with the "old" guys and do not put in the "new" guys, that to me, is mortaging the future. Call it whatever you want. This is the same line we lost with last year. I do not understand why anyone expects anything different from them. Put it on whoever you want to.

    Everything on this team is "built to win now" just like it was last year. How can that be, when the most criticized part of our game (sans KB) was not addressed?

    That said, I don't think BB is looking to next year because he HAS to win THIS year. I believe that will cause him to make decisions that may effect the future of the team after he is gone. (If in fact that happens) I wish I had a better way to get my point across, but right now, I don't.
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    Re: Is It Time To Trade For major Tarde OL Player

    The OL was what was much maligned and I'm still hoping for improvement this year but I was hoping for a personnel change that's not forth coming. My breakdown:

    LT:
    This is sorted now and I'm firm in the opinion that it's sorted in the future. I keep reading in various places about how Ogden had a bad year last year, this is all based on one game that was blown out of all proportions, the opener against Indy and the carry over from the previous Indy game. In the game last year it was particularly overblown, Freeney beat him three or four times from about 50 or so offensive snaps, OK that's more than we're used to but places like ESPN take that and overblow by showing the same play over and over and it seems like Ogden was beat like a government mule, when he actually wasn't. The best analysis of these two matchups I've read is at football outsiders, it breaks it down drive by drive and scores the matchup accordingly, Ogden actually won all round it the meeting last year. (I'll get the link if anyone wants it, just PM me.)

    For the future I truly believe we're set with Adam Terry, he's not got the power and the leg drive to dominate in the run game but that'll come with time and he's shown some good positional blocking this year manoeuvering (sp.) his opponent so far this pre-season. His pass blocking technique is excellent and when Ogden chooses to step down we won't be left with a scrub at LT because Terry will be ready to be good pro player.

    LG:
    This is where the problems start, I love Mule and being the eternal optimist I'm hopeful that with his dropped weight, improved muscle:fat ratio and improved training attitude that we'll see an improved Edwin Mulitalo this year. However much he improves though unfortunately, I don't think we're gonna see a rise back to his 2003 form, that was his peak and I still think he'll struggle this year. His footwork is still poor and footwork isn't directly linked to weight. Against big DTs he's fine, always has been always will be, but against smaller DTs getting him moving laterally and also picking up blitzers or DEs coming on inside stunts I think Mule will still struggle this year. The lack of depth here really hurts as well, is Chris Chester ready yet? What's up with Jason Brown?

    Looking to the future here it's got to be draft and free agency, Mule is coming to the end as an effective player on the OL and until I see Jason Brown this year I don't think we have the successor here.

    C:
    More issues, Flynn has looked better this pre-season from the minimal amounts I've seen but he's still getting pushed back by the big DTs. My Vikes friend told me that Pat Williams dominated this weekend and that isn't good news. The only glimmer of hope is that the Bungles DTs aren't great and the Browns have issues over the nose as well, but it's big bad news for facing Casey Hampton and Chris Hoke, constant double teams will be needed on whoever is at NT for the Hilljacks and that comprimises the other guard inside because I don't think that either Mule or Keydrick Vincent are particularly good with their footwork and picking up blitzers. Depth again is an issue here.

    Looking to the future I thought Jason Brown was it and I thought it was coming this year, he was very good in his one start last year at Denver and I thought that showing would get him lots of first team snaps in camp, that hasn't come and perhaps his future lies at guard, either way I'd expected more noise to come from Brown trying to unseat a starter on the interior than I've heard. But perhaps I should have seen this coming with the acquisition of Chris Chester in the draft, for my money he's too undersized to be a guard so he's clearly meant to be that mobile centre for the future, we'll have to wait until next year on that one though me thinks.

    RG:
    Another weak spot on the interior, Keydrick Vincent was supposed to be the big signing at RG to upgrade this side of the line and he was woeful last year, didn't show the power in the blocks we expected and his mobility wasn't what we were led to believe either. I think he only signed a two year contract with us so unless we see a meteoric improvment this year I think this will be his last as a Raven. With the upgraded backfield (mainly by health but also the addition of Anderson) we should see more straight ahead running which may suit Vincent more, either way the improvement's got to come from somewhere or we're in a world of hurt on the interior again.

    For the future again, Jason Brown, he can't play three spots but I hope he's able to claim a starter's spot at one of the three this year if the starters don't step up. Besides the Eli draft there is rarely a dreadful draft for interior O-linemen so our scouts should be able to pick someone out someone to come in and upgrade the interior, but with the pick of Chris Chester we may be seeing a change in focus from a physical line to a more mobile line, if so the question has to be asked whether it'll work against the physical defense in Pittsburgh and the growing D that will be built in the Patriot mould up in Cleveland.

    RT:
    Pashos isn't starting quality, that's pretty plain to see in my opinion. His run blocking is good but in pass pro he's flat footed and cannot cope with speed at all. I don't think there's too much you can say on him, he'd be a decent-ish backup to depend on in a stop gap situation but I'd be scared (as I am now) about going into the season with him as the only viable option at RT for 16 games.

    For the future, I was annoyed we didn't get Marcus McNeil who I think will have an excellent (if somewhat shortish) NFL career, but that's in the past and nothing can be done so let's move on. RT is a tough position to plug (as the RT situations at many NFL teams attests to) simply because the best tackles play LT and RT's just aren't highly sought after because people think that the whole can be more easily plugged. With the draft it's an option again and someone like Justin Blalock of Texas would be an option to look at being an RT/G tweener who may well slip down draft boards next year.

    On the OL at the mo the present looks bleak and the future looks bleak outside of LT, particularly with Jason Brown failing to make any noise in stealing a starting spot on the interior. I like the idea of a trade for getting more talent in but it simply isn't going to happen, not because we don't want it to but because OL are the least likely players to be traded for my money. They're the players who can most easily get injured (someone trips and rolls up a leg etc.) and consequently no-one will want to give away anyone of starting quality unless you're giving away a very good player in return because they probably won't have the depth or they may be just one game away from needing to make their coveted backup a key starter on their line.

    We're in a tough spot but unfortunately we've just gotta play with the hand we've got. This line will either play well and the Front Office will be praised for sticking with them, or they'll continue to play poorly and FO will take a beating for not going and out and upgrading a clear weakness.




  6. #54

    Re: Is It Time To Trade For major Tarde OL Player

    Quote Originally Posted by UKRavenStockers
    This line will either play well and the Front Office will be praised for sticking with them, or they'll continue to play poorly and FO will take a beating for not going and out and upgrading a clear weakness.
    If that's not the truth, I don't know what is.

    The OL is fine if there isn't heavy pressure...but of course everyone knows that and brings extra men or loads the box.

    We're not getting that monkey off our back until we can finally start beating it. I thought the Giants drive was a shining beacon of hope.

    Darkness fell in the vikings game.

    Will there be hope?




  7. #55

    Re: Is It Time To Trade For major Tarde OL Player

    Quote Originally Posted by Raineman
    If you can't win with the "old" guys and do not put in the "new" guys, that to me, is mortaging the future. Call it whatever you want. This is the same line we lost with last year. I do not understand why anyone expects anything different from them. Put it on whoever you want to.
    .
    But, if the new guys are playing worse than the old guys in practice, then what good is playing them?

    Do you think McNair or Ray or Ogden are going to be too pleased with playing these guys for the future, when for many of the players on this team, the future is NOW. After all, if it wasn't, why bring in McNair then? It's not just Billick that is playing for this year - it's a large part of the team.

    And, again, Terry, Brown, Chester - all have 3 more years (at least) on the team, so it's not like they still aren't part of the future. There simply is no mortgaging going on here.

    Look, I would love for some of the young guys to earn these spots and play well, but the bottom line is that they've got to beat out the competition. Given that Chester and Brown - because after all, that the only ones that we are really talking about - have both struggled against 2nd teamers, it unfortunately, appears that they simply aren't ready to take over the starting spots - even for starters who have played so poorly at times.
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  8. #56

    Re: Is It Time To Trade For major Tarde OL Player

    On the road, in a dome...Yes, our "tardes" are less-than-stellar...
    It's as if on the day we drafted the best O-Lineman of his era, we cursed the unit as a whole...

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