Marshal Yanda thinks Ravens line will turn out fine

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Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda has spent the offseason sitting on a park bench watching the whole world change around him.

The football equivalent of it anyway. Center Matt Birk flirted with retirement before ultimately re-signing with the team and then missed minicamp after surgery to fix varicose veins in his leg. Left tackle Bryant McKinnie wasn’t in shape for minicamp, forcing Michael Oher to the left tackle spot with Jah Reid stepping in at right tackle. That stopped him from contending for a starting spot at left guard, left vacant when Ben Grubbs left as a free agent and now manned by the recently signed ex-Bengal Bobbie Williams.

That’s led to some questions about the fitness of the line as the team heads toward training camp. Yanda doesn’t think the team has anything to worry about up front. He told the team’s website that the line was “heading in the right direction” and pointed to the depth up front as a strength.

“We definitely have enough guys where if someone goes down, or if something happens, then we know we’ll have enough depth,” Yanda said. “It’s early in this thing yet, obviously we haven’t even started training camp yet, so we’ll see what happens. They got enough guys so we can make it work and have a successful line.”

In addition to the players listed above, the Ravens signed veteran interior lineman Tony Wragge after drafting Kelechi Osemele and Gino Gradkowski in April. There is depth in that group, but the big question will be at tackle. McKinnie wasn’t great last season, but he was a better pass blocker on the left than Oher was on the right. Reid only played a handful of snaps as a rookie in 2011, which makes McKinnie’s conditioning all the more important this summer.

23 responses to “Marshal Yanda thinks Ravens line will turn out fine

  1. Pass protection and run blocking has to be a concern for a team getting ready invest a small fortune to extend Flacco and Rice.

  2. McKinnie was pretty damn good week 1 last year against a hyped-up steelers defense. In fact he was probably the MVP of that game.

    But as many years as he’s been in the league, he knew right away Flacco is not the answer at QB and will keep the offense from reaching it’s
    Full potential. So McKinnie basically quit. The rest of the team will eventually realize this and start to quit too. Too much talent on that team to again be wasted by QB play.

  3. Joe Flacco 2008-2011:
    2008 – 11-5/AFCCG loss
    2009 – 9-7/Div. Round loss to AFC SB participant
    2010 – 12-4/Div. Round loss to AFC SB participant
    2011 – 12-4/AFCCG loss
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    Matt Ryan 2008-2011
    2008 – 11-5/Home Wildcard loss to NFC SB participant
    2009 – (only played in 14 games) 9-7/miss playoffs
    2010 – 13-3/Home Wildcard loss to NFC SB participant
    2011 – 10-6/Wildcard loss to SB winner

    I’ll stick with Flacco watermelon1. He’s not the greatest ever, but he plays well when he needs to, and wins more than he loses. Under his tenure he’s given the franchise more W’s than L’s and solidified a position that was helmed by Grbac,Wright,Banks,Dilfer,Testaverde,McNair(a beatup older McNair, not the MVP version),and Boller. He also has more playoff W’s than Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford,Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Josh Freeman, Matt Schaub, and Phil Rivers combined.

  4. watermelon1 says:Jun 24, 2012 4:44 PM

    McKinnie was pretty damn good week 1 last year against a hyped-up steelers defense. In fact he was probably the MVP of that game.

    But as many years as he’s been in the league, he knew right away Flacco is not the answer at QB and will keep the offense from reaching it’s
    Full potential. So McKinnie basically quit. The rest of the team will eventually realize this and start to quit too. Too much talent on that team to again be wasted by QB play.

    ==================================

    Bitter much? Flacco was outstanding in both games against Pittsburgh, and in the playoffs two years in a row now. He’ll get this team over the top, don’t worry.

  5. @watermelon-
    You’re a complete moron if you think that’s the case. Flacco is so terrible he had 2 GW drives under 2 minutes last year and should have beat the Pats in the AFCC if it. Wasn’t for Lee Evans on a perfectly thrown ball. He has never had great receivers to throw to and this past year was his most inexperienced group yet. BK didn’t quit he’s just a fat out of shape dude who can’t survive an entire season in the NFL. Please drop some game notes from 2011 other than the Jacksonville game where Flacco was an issue. Go on I’ll wait…

  6. I can’t wait to get this season under way. My Bengals versus the Ravens on Monday Night Football opener, we’ll see how good the Ravens line is right off the bat, Atkins, Peko, Sims, Still, Thompson, Johnson, Dunlap, Geathers, Anderson and Harvey will test it for you, not sure Flacco will even make it out of that game.

  7. Yes we swept AFCNorth and didnt win the Super Bowl. This year however we’ll be lucky to reach 7-9 honestly. Flacco has not developed at all. With T-Sizzle probably out for the year, and contract problems distracting Reed and Rice, might as well not even watch the Ravens.

  8. @cjmoderator

    Yeah, I’m sure that lot of nobodies will get the job done…

    Flacco has never missed a game in his career. He is probably the most durable QB in the game today. Doesn’t matter anyway though, since Ray Rice owns the Bengals. 295 yards on only 44 carries, which is over a 6.7 YPC average BTW, with 4 TDs and that’s not even counting his receptions.

    How about you worry about your own QB first, he threw 3 INTs to 1 TD under a 55 completion percentage against Baltimore last year. That’s not going to get it done against a top tier team like Baltimore. That probably won’t even get it done against the Browns this season.

  9. Ugh bengals have one decent season in the past decade now they think they can hang with the big boys, steelers and ravens. I’m a steeler fan but in that games case go ravens….shut up those newly acquired Bengal fans that just jumped on the wagon.

  10. @randallflagg52

    speak for yourself. I dont appreciate you deciding who and what I am a fan of… just because I enjoy the color purple does it make me a true Ravens fan? I think not. Personally the line will be worse than the Steelers O-line over the last 4 seasons comibined. Our time is up folks. Ray Rice is yet to be signed, Ed Reed will most likely show up (I dont think he has the passion anymore), and Suggs wont be a factor. Face it guys the nest is burning. I dont think Harbaugh and his minions have the ability to right the sinking ship. Unfortunate but true. Now you know where I stand. I hate the Steelers more than I love the Ravens. Its a problem Ive been dealing with for years and there is no cure in sight for me.

  11. I remember being a little excited about the fluctuations in the Ratbird O-line last season, and they ended up sweeping us. I’m just going to assume they’re bringing their A game until they SHOW otherwise.

    That said, I still think we sweep them this year like we have so many times in the past.

  12. sudz28 says: Jun 26, 2012 10:50 AM

    That said, I still think we sweep them this year like we have so many times in the past.
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    You must not be aware that the series sweeps is tied at exactly 2 in the last decade.
    ’02 and ’08 for the steelers and ’06 and ’11 for the Ravens.

  13. @raqaiw

    if you cannot stand the fact that the steelers are historically better than us then you should refer to playoff wins (and championships) in the past decade. You may find the steelers chalk that up in the win column.

  14. Sorry forgot the zero imposter troll. Such great lengths to try and make up for all the tears shed after being Tebowd out of the playoffs and swept by their arch rivals.

  15. haa this is gold. ravenator trolls daily on steeler articles and now has himself a band ofimposters. Ravenator I know youre pompous so youve already thought about this, but impersonation is the most sincere form of flattery. You reap what you sow brother. Pretty pathetic on their part, but amusing nonetheless.

    On the real though Im pretty sure the Ravens Oline will not have issues (barring injury). Find a suitable replacement for Birk and theyre back at it.

  16. @ravenat0r: The Steelers do have more championships in the last decade,2 to 1. That being said, the Steelers current roster moves would indicate they’re about to enter another multi-decade period of “reloading” akin to the 26 years between SB wins 4 and 5,whereas the Ravens appear to be on more of an upward trend. I think that playoff loss in Denver will be more of the norm for the remainder of Ben’s tenure. Keep in mind the Steelers have now lost their last 2 postseason games,and in both the defense(cornerstone of the Steelers) has been exposed. The Ravens on the other hand have a similar problem as far as losses go,but it’s been drops that have killed them.(Boldin/Houshmanzadeh in ’10 & Evans in ’11)

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