4. The Offensive Line Stinks:
I wish I had a better way of saying it, but the offensive line stinks. That is probably the nicest way I can say it, and it is so true. The Ravens offensive line hasn’t been good this season. Flacco has spent much of the season running for his life. The run game is inconsistent because of the run blocking. That still is not a reason to abandon the running game though.
Going from left to right the offensive line has questions. Alex Lewis will probably miss the rest of the regular season and he was probably the most impressive of the bunch. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley has had a mixed bag of results. The first three games he did a solid job and exceeded my low expectations for his rookie season. Then Stanley missed four games due to injury. Now it looks like he is getting worse, though he has had just one terrible game this season.
Marshall Yanda is the Ravens rock, he moved to left guard last week. It hasn’t been the best year for Yanda but he is still incredibly valuable. Jeremy Zuttah has been a real problem this year. In fact I think Yanda’s less impressive season is partially due to helping Zuttah. The Ravens have seen a handful of guards play this season to lukewarm results. Vlad Ducasse has been awful. John Urschel has not delivered in the little opportunity he has been given. Ryan Jensen clearly isn’t the answer. Rick Wagner has been inconsistent but is not a bad right tackle. The moral of the story is that it just isn’t good enough up front for the Ravens.