Ravens' Oher struggles; will he bounce back?

Ravens' Oher struggles; will he bounce back?
December 2, 2013, 9:00 am
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Everyone who will be back next season playing offensive tackle for the Ravens, please take one step forward. Not so fast, Michael Oher.

During Thursday night’s Ravens-Steelers game, as Oher struggled to avoid being flagged for false starts and to block Pittsburgh linebacker Jason Worilds, NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth opined that only one of the two starting tackles would be back with Baltimore next season and that Eugene Monroe would be the choice.

Monroe has performed well since joining the Ravens from the Jaguars, and Oher might have had his worst game of the season on Thursday. Most visibly, Oher committed three false-start penalties after having gone all season without one.

“Got to cut out the false starts,” Oher said (via BaltimoreRavens.com). “I don’t want to get penalties, especially false starts. I’ve just got to continue to be patient, I guess.

“I’ve just got to listen in. Put out all the crowd noise and stuff and listen in to [Joe Flacco’s] cadence. The fans were all pumped up, but you’ve still got to listen.”

As for his issues with Worilds, who had two sacks and three QB hits, Oher said (via The Sun): “He’s a very good player. All those guys get after it pretty good. He's a good player. The Steelers have always been a good defense and still are a defense now."