The offseason may be approaching a bit faster than expected for the Baltimore Ravens, and with that said, the team will be evaluating positions to determine who the best fit is for the future. One position that will be scrutinized is along the offensive line. While deciding who will start at each position will be a toss-up until training camp, it is easy to see based on the salary cap there is only enough room for one highly paid tackle. With Eugene Monroe recently being brought in by giving up two 2014 draft picks, Michael Oher looks to be on his way out.
Oher was never a favorite when it came to offensive line for me. He has constantly been penalized for false starts (26) and holding (15). Oher also gets flagged for unnecessary roughness occasionally as he can’t seem to control his temper. Since 2009, Oher leads the league in penalties called against him with 45 according to besttickets.com. Oher also is seventh in the league in penalty yardage with 327 yards. Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh and Steve Bisciotti will go over these numbers in the offseason and there is no way it results in resigning the former Ole Miss star.
Monroe has only had one accepted penalty on him this season and has veered away from costly penalties for the most part of his career. It’s not just the penalties by Oher that is hurting the team. The former first round pick is terrible in pass protection. Joe Flacco has been sacked a career high 46 times this season and has been hit a whopping 84 times. The majority of it has come from the Oher missing his blocking assignment.
Oher would have a leg to stand on if his run-blocking ability was what it was in previous years, but that too has fallen off. He only is good with man-blocking scheme, and Baltimore is en route to a franchise low in rushing yards because of it. Monroe is clearly the better option, and his acquisition was once again another smart move by the “Wizard” Newsome. Good riddance, Michael Oher.