It’s very interesting what a difference one season can make. Before the start of the 2010 season some NFL experts had the Ravens Offensive line as one of the top five in the league. Now as the team heads into an uncertain 2011 season the line is in need of retooling to rediscover success in the run game, which dropped to almost last in the league (3.6 yds per carry), and in pass protection (40 sacks given up).
How did a once promising group seem to fizzle so quickly? Here are a few questions that need answers surrounding the O-Line.
1) Will Jared Gaither still be with the team next season?
The loss of Gaither threw the line into a tailspin and caused shifting and uncertainty. The drama surrounding the past year between the franchise and Gaither could fill a book. Gaither was switched to Right Tackle and that’s when the trouble began. You’d think considering how much has gone on that Gaither would simply be shown the door and the team would move on. It won’t be that simple though. Gaither has said recently that he is healthy and ready to play. If the Ravens can convince him it is at Right Tackle instead of his old spot now occupied by Michael Oher then they may have the bookends they need to build on.
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