The Baltimore Ravens biggest problem is the offensive line
The Baltimore Ravens offensive line remains the team’s biggest problem area:
The Baltimore Ravens offensive line was the biggest problem the team had in their week 2 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals. There were many problems that reared their ugly head in the 34-23 loss. Many analysts are saying that the Ravens aren’t going to have much of a shot in a game where their defense doesn’t sack the quarterback and turn the ball over. This translates to the Ravens’ offense cannot lift Baltimore to a victory.
Joe Flacco was hit a lot in the week 2 defeat. He was sacked four times and he was evading pass rushers all night long. Much of Flacco’s struggles against the Bengals has to do with the offensive line crumbling in front of him. The Ravens haven’t had a strong rushing attack this season, not even in their 47-3 victory against the Bengals. Cincinnati offered the Ravens their first test of the season and the offensive line failed miserably.
The most obvious solution to the Ravens woes is giving Orlando Brown Jr. a crack at right tackle. James Hurst has been very problematic on the right side. He’s a hard right tackle to run behind, and he offers little consistency in pass protection. One thing has been made perfectly clear to anybody with functioning eyes, Brown Jr. can’t be any worse than this.
If the Ravens are hellbent to get their money’s worth out of Hurst, than he has to play at left guard. That is the only position where the Ravens will get value out of him. Brown Jr. is a larger and sturdier offensive tackle with natural talent. He looked great in college and he was impressive in the preseason. If nothing else, starting Brown Jr. would help the Ravens run the ball to the right.
Bradley Bozeman is also worthy of a starting job, or at least a chance at it. Geno Atkins and company bullied Matt Skura like it was easy. According to reports the Ravens are working free agent offensive linemen out. They obviously know there is a problem, but Bozeman could provide an inside solution.
The entire offensive line played poorly. Ronnie Stanley and Marshal Yanda get the benefit of the doubt. Things were going poorly around them, and the offensive line is all about teamwork. The Ravens have to at least tinker with the offensive line. Bozeman and Brown Jr. could provide a solution to most of their problems. John Harbaugh has to at least try to mix it up because the starting five they have out there isn’t working.
The fact that the Ravens offense got it together and had a chance at a comeback tells you a lot about the Ravens. The offense has more talent at the play-making positions than there has been in a long time. Without a consistent offensive line the Ravens will waste their new additions and nothing will change. The Ravens have more than one problem, but until the offensive line is functional no problem weighs heavier.