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Oher Makes Switch to the Blind Side

The Plot Thickens

Last year Michael Oher was the talk of the Ravens draft, this year he is in the spotlight again.  At Mini-Camp on Friday Oher was set at the Left tackle position, Jared Gaither shifted to Right tackle. Cam Cameron spoke to both players about the move before Mini-Camp as reported by NFL.com.  On top of that news, it was reported in the Baltimoresun.com that rumors are heating up about a Gaither trade again (not again!), possibly to the Buffalo Bills.  This is today’s news, we will have to see if this change is for the long haul.  You have to wonder, if the trade rumors are true how does the move to right tackle impact Gaither’s value?

Left tackle is the premium spot at the offensive line and how Gaither handles the move to Right tackle will be key.  Does he accepts the change and embrace the challenge? Or will he be an unhappy player, forcing the team to trade him?  Stay tuned.

Oher’s Progression

Oher came into camp last year and won the starting position at right tackle.  As a rookie he performed above expectations. His aggressive, as some have called ‘nasty,’ run blocking helped pave the way for Ray Rice and Willis McGahee. Plain and simple, he had a great season. He improved throughout the season and played in a two playoff games.  His experience and accomplishments will pave the way for more success.

If Oher’s move to left tackle is permanent, he will have to adapt to the change. Oher has the talent and has had the benefit of starting a few games for the team a left tackle and it is his natural i.  His skills will be an asset for Flacco and the run game.

Offensive Line Primed:

With Oher gaining a year experience and all the starters returning to the line this season, the unit will be that much more stronger.  Despite the trade talks, Jared Gaither is a good tackle and he may be motivated to prove his doubters wrong. When Marshall Yanda was inserted into the lineup mid-season he posed a more physical presence and the running game improved.  Benn Grubbs, sometimes goes unnoticed, but he is an integral part.  Center Matt Birk’s tough play and leadership proved to be a true asset.  Chris Chester is versatile and can line up at the tight end spot as well. You have to rank the offensive line as one of the top units in the league.

If there is any knock on the line it is pass protection. There were a few too many games where Flacco was under duress, which may be in part to the receiving core.  With the additions of Boldin, Stallworth, and the new rookie tight ends, Flacco should find open receivers quicker.


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2 Responses to “Oher Makes Switch to the Blind Side”

  1. rocky says:

    This will be Flacco’s third year, and it usually takes NFL qb’s three years to figure everything out. I think this O line is geling at the right time, with them all being in sync and playing as a team. Yanda, Grubbs, Chester and Birk, c’mon that’s a great line! I think this mini camp and pre-season will be a Cam Cameron fine tuning as well!
    Oher will be perfect at the blindside and Gaither should do fine on the right, hopefully he’ll be happy. After all he’s on a legitimate contender.
    Plus, I hope Jared knows, the’re no crab cakes in Buffalo…

    • GW says:

      Rocky,
      Good point on Flacco. And your right about Gaither–no crab cakes! If I were Gaither I would be happy to be in Balt. Wouldn’t want to be shipped out to Siberia (Bills).

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