Expect major changes on Ravens offensive line

Expect major changes on Ravens offensive line
December 31, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Harbaugh on next year's improvements

Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher (74) defends against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock (98) at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Ravens 22-17.

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The offensive line problems of the Ravens were a major topic Tuesday during John Harbaugh’s season review press conference. Harbaugh said right guard Marshal Yanda was probably the only offensive lineman who could count on returning to his position next season.

Harbaugh made it clear that he wants left tackle Eugene Monroe to re-sign, but Monroe is a free agent and could get a better offer elsewhere. Right tackle Michael Oher is also a free agent and is not expected to re-sign. Guard Kelechi Osemele is coming off back surgery, and center Gino Gradkowski and guard-center A. Q. Shipley did not perform well enough to solidify starting positions.

“I think it will be a competitive situation pretty much at every spot in the offensive line except right guard,” Harbaugh said. “We’re looking forward to getting K. O. (Osemele) back, whether he plays left guard or right tackle, we have to make a determination on that.”

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Harbaugh lamented the Ravens’ inability to run the football effectively, calling it, “Probably our biggest disappointment. We philosophically believe in being a rough, tough, physical offense that can run the football. No matter where you go with the passing game, that’s got to be a staple of what we’re going to do, and it wasn’t this year.”

The offensive line was simply not good enough this year. So expect a major makeover.