Ravens Fire OL Coach Matsko; Moeller Set to Step In

From Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Talk:

The Baltimore Ravens fired veteran offensive line coach John Matsko during a meeting Wednesday afternoon with coach John Harbaugh, an unexpected development.Matsko may not be out of work for long.

He’s slated to interview with the Carolina Panthers today.

The Ravens will likely promote assistant offensive line coach Andy Moeller to replace Matsko.

Matsko, who has previously coached standout blockers Willie Roaf, Will Shields, Kyle Turley and Brian Waters, coached in Baltimore for the past three seasons. He has previous stints with the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams as well as USC.

Moeller has been with the Ravens for three seasons.

He was arrested for driving under the influence twice last year with one case dismissed in Carroll County. He’s still facing a DUI case in Baltimore County and is scheduled to appear in Towson District Court on April 11.

His lawyer, Andrew Alperstein, has said that Moeeler will plead not guilty.

He has been charged with seven traffic offenses, including DUI, negligent driving and speeding.

The Ravens needed a scapegoat for their offensive woes and it looks like John Matsko is the guy.

The Offensive Line was an unexpected weak spot on the team this season yeilding 40 sacks during the regular season and 9 sacks in the playoffs.

The running game, once a Baltimore strength, fell to 14th in the league with only a 3.8 yards per carry average.

In Matsko’s defense he had to the best with what he had- Jared Gaither unavailable the whole season, Michael Oher getting moved to Left Tackle with less than sparkling results, Matt Birk’s inuries hampering his effectiveness, and moving Marshall Yanda from his natural Guard spot to a Tackle.

We don’t know that much about his replacement other than he’s another in house hire and that he’s had legal problems. Another interesting note is that Moeller attended the same Ann Arbor high school as John Harbaugh.

The decision to let Matsko was unexpected and may also signal that Cam Cameron may indeed get at least another season to right the offense.

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