How Much Blame Should Be On Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice?

By Wola Odeniran
Ray Rice
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The Baltimore Ravens‘ offensive line has gotten to the point where there should be consideration on whether or not assistant coaches should be fired due to the unit’s pathetic performance. Most notably Juan Castillo with this awful zone-blocking scheme.

The offensive line isn’t going to be perfect in every game, and that goes for any line in the NFL. So, how much blame should go to Ray Rice? He is still on his five-year deal worth $40 million. So, that kind of money suggests that a certain amount of the blame should be on his shoulders.

But when you look at his backup in Bernard Pierce who isn’t getting it done either, you begin to realize that the blocking just isn’t there. Many have speculated on whether or not Rice is done as a Raven and if he is past his prime altogether. It’s not about just one player when things go this bad. It’s about a collective group.

Rice is getting tackled in the backfield before he can even make a move most of the time. That isn’t about aging skills, this is just a lack of execution from an offensive line which is featuring basically a rookie center in Gino Gradkowski, who sat on the bench for the majority of the 2012 season, and is getting abused due to his lack of experience on the NFL level trying to command an offensive line in a new system.

Add to the fact that newly-acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe, right tackle Michael Oher, right guard Marshal Yanda and A.Q. Shipley, who is the starting left guard going forward, are just horrible as a total group.

This offensive line really can’t get any worse. So, we will have to see the way the rest of the season plays out to determine how much Rice has left.


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