Earlier today BaltimoreRavens.com reported having traded away LT Bryant McKinnie. The Ravens feel that his services are no longer needed with the addition of Eugene Monroe. With as many issues as the Baltimore Ravens are having on the O-Line, trading McKinnie away will prove to be a mistake. Why not focus on the real issue in Baltimore. Juan Castillo has done nothing for this line since his hiring.
Last season under Andy Moeller, Baltimore was ranked 11th in rushing; this year they are currently ranked 28th. With Michael Oher on the right side, they allowed 38 sacks last year. That number was noticeably lower once McKinnie took over right before the playoffs. This year with Castillo coaching the offensive line, they have allowed Joe Flacco to be sacked 20 times and we have yet to reach the halfway point of the season.
People want to blame McKinnie because of his weight issues when the real problem is with the coaching of zone blocking schemes and pass protection assignments that Castillo is responsible for. Instead of keying in on Gino Gradkowski’s technique and the reason behind Marshall Yanda’s false starts, he has sat idly by and collected a paycheck. No one cares what tie he and John Harbaugh share from their days with the Philadelphia Eagles; if he is failing at his job then Castillo needs to be cut loose.
Bryant McKinnie is a clear casualty of poor coaching from Castillo. The Miami Dolphins will appreciate the donation of a quality LT that needs slight molding into their scheme. Baltimore either truly knows what they are doing in putting full faith in Eugene Monroe or they have just removed the final piece of the 2012 Baltimore Ravens’ “Jenga” puzzle that will send this team crashing to the bottom of the AFC North.