Bryant McKinnie looks like a huge find for Ravens

A man that was recently 400 pounds can’t exactly slip under the radar.

Baltimore’s signing of former Viking Bryant McKinnie got plenty of attention when it happened a few weeks back, but we didn’t know McKinnie’s impact until Sunday.  The man looked ready to go.

McKinnie had a terrific game run-blocking.  With Michael Oher on the right side where he is more comfortable, Baltimore’s rushing attack looked like it did in 2009.  They piled up 170 yards on Pittsburgh.

“McKinnie slapped around Pittsburgh All-World outside linebacker James Harrision, at times knocking him silly with one big paw,” Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun wrote.

(That sound you hear is Vikings fans falling out of their chairs.)

Joe Flacco got great protection throughout the game.  It appears the Ravens got a motivated McKinnie.

“[Minnesota] tried to make it seem like I lost it. Well, I guess I found it in Baltimore. It’s good motivation,” McKinnie said after the game.

Decent starting left tackles are not easy to find. McKinnie only has to be average on the left side to greatly help Baltimore’s line. He frees Oher up to vastly upgrade the right side, where Oher is more comfortable.

It was only one game, but the Ravens must feel like they found a rather large diamond in the free agency rough.

89 responses to “Bryant McKinnie looks like a huge find for Ravens

  1. instead of “slapped around” the writer should have used the term “held repeatedly”. the outcome of the game would not have been different but Harrison was mugged repeatedly and only drew one single flag.

  2. Sometimes it takes getting knocked on your a$$ to wake up. He got lazy and complacent in Minnesota. This really is no surprise to see him doing well now after his wake up call. However, let’s let the whole season play out before we put him in the pro bowl.

    On a personal level I wish him well. As a Vikings fan I was glad to see him go.

  3. Yeah, well, of course he’s going to be motivated for his first game after getting dumped on his ass. Just wait until he runs into a Boog Powell’s BBQ. Let’s just say that Bryant’s motivation to play football often clashes with his motivation to do other things.

  4. If the Vikings hadn’t cut him he would have remained a bum. Getting cut was the only thing that could wake up Mt. McKinnie. Coach Frazier even said he would be a good pickup for the Ravens. Good move in cutting him by the Vikes, good pickup by the Ravens.

  5. Whatever, McKinnie shows up a few times each season. He plays when he wants to play. He owned Demarcus Ware and Will Smith in the 09 playoffs too. A motivated McKinnie is still a pro bowler, but he takes 75% of the games off.

  6. Enjoy Baltimore, this is what you get with him. When he tries/is motivated he is one of the top tackles in the league. However he was a major factor in making the MN line one of the worst in football last year. Peaks and Valleys my friends, enjoy the peaks while they are there!

  7. Uh, no. McKinnie got fat on purpose, just to get the hell out of Minnesota. Anyone who didn’t see that scheme is clueless. I can’t blame him. The Vikings are on their way to being TERRIBLE.

  8. Oh yeah, hey, it’s 2:30. Isn’t it about time for Roethlessburger’s agent to start letting everybody know what was ailing him yesterday?

    I’m going with some sort of lower right arm malady, anything from the elbow down.

  9. He was an upgrade compared to what Ravens had. Played a solid game yesterday. As that O-line plays together more, they should get better as the year moves forward.

    The coaches and staff knowing Pittsburgh so well was probably a plus for an Oline that hasn’t worked together much. Even though LeBeau is a great DC, there is not much he hasn’t thrown at the Ravens. That fact had to help in preparation for this last game. Oddly, despite a lesser opponent (Titans), this weeks competition with new coach and new scheme’s might pose bigger adjustment issues for an Oline that has not worked together that much. As a Ravens fan after a big week 1 win, I am bullish on McKinnie and that line getting better.

  10. jmp527 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 2:16 PM
    instead of “slapped around” the writer should have used the term “held repeatedly”. the outcome of the game would not have been different but Harrison was mugged repeatedly and only drew one single flag.

    _______________________________

    Well that didn’t take long…

  11. First, the Ravens got a GREAT athlete in McKinnie. There is no doubt that he is a starter in the NFL.

    but when it comes to the Vikings cutting him, you really have to read behind the lines. The Vikings were tired of his off the field antics aside from his over weight conditioning; Coach Leslie Frazier simply decided to cut his losses and start fresh. McKinnie did become lazy on plays in Minnesota, which lead to multiple holding penalties.

    Glad he has a fresh start in Baltimore, and hope he can maintain that motivation. You guys have Birk too! That’s a steal too.

  12. As a Patriots fan, this game means nothing.

    As well as the Ravens played, they only won by 28. And its THE FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON.

    Think back to last year. Remember when New England beat the Jets 45-3? How helpful did that prove?

    Or how about back in 2004. The Bills thrashed New England 31-0 in the season opener… only to lose by the same score at the end of the season as the Pats won the Super Bowl.

    I do have to give credit where credit is due. Ben Rapelisberger had great composure in the post-game conference. You kind of knew he already knew at that point which game left on the schedule would mean the most to him.

  13. axespray says:
    Sep 12, 2011 2:31 PM
    “D’oh!”
    – viking personal department.
    ————–
    What goes on in the ‘personal’ department? Employees come together and talk about family issues?

  14. vikes only had nice things to say to you..losing it was not one of them. it looked like you ate lil kim for dinner. they thoguht you gained it.

    Also, remember julius peppers?

    Remember looking at lord favre nearly crippled on the ground because of your “come on in, welcome” blocking?

    They knew you were lazy, but when you became fat and lazy….dude you were over 400 pounds.

  15. @jmp527:
    Funny you say that because the 1 flag that was thrown the announcers even said was “textbook blocking and shouldn’t have been a flag”.

  16. We love to take other teams gems maybe he just wanted to b a raven he needed a real team to play for who wouldn’t b motivated to play with ray and ed

  17. Sep 12, 2011 2:32 PM

    jmp527 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 2:16 PM
    instead of “slapped around” the writer should have used the term “held repeatedly”. the outcome of the game would not have been different but Harrison was mugged repeatedly and only drew one single flag.

    _______________________________

    Well that didn’t take long…

    ————————————————–
    Yeah, we heard the same thing about Chad Clifton and Brian Bulaga after the Super Bowl too.

  18. jmp527 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 2:16 PM
    instead of “slapped around” the writer should have used the term “held repeatedly”. the outcome of the game would not have been different but Harrison was mugged repeatedly and only drew one single flag.
    ————————————————-
    psuravens19, you’re right, that didn’t take long!! Harrison wasn’t held, he was slapped around all day, he was owned as an earlier poster said. Than he sneaks out of the game because his team got their a$$es handed to them. The 1 flag he drew wasn’t even a hold, it just looked that way because McKinnie used his leverage to plant Harrison in the ground. If you want to talk about someone being held yesterday, let’s look @ Suggs. He was held all day long & still managed 3 sacks!!

  19. It was only one game…. But, Mckinnie’s performance was definitely worthy of this articles mention. And not just his individual play, the overall improvement opportunity he brought to Ravens O line by relocating Oher is a lasting positive change..
    Well done Mr. B, Ozzie, Harb’s, Rey and Ed for bringing him in, reinforcing his motivation/talent, and giving him the chance to be a diamond in the rough. I hope the O line can gel in this moment and keep up that level of protection for Joe and the running game all season.

    PS – Thank God for Matt Birk

  20. All I know is he looked great, the pitt lb’s could do nothing, of course the steeler fans say he was holding all game lol. That oline looks pretty fierce, if joe is upright, the guy can definitely make some great plays for bmore.

  21. Has everyone lost their damn minds? When was this guy NOT good? He has been on the left side of that line in Minnesota w/Hutch & have done nothing but have one of the best running games in the league(Yeah, yeah, AP, but dont forget when he was hurt and Chester Taylor was awesome) The Vikings dont win for a reason. One reason is signing washed up qb’s, the other is letting talent walk for nothing. Morons.

  22. yup thats the rick spielman i know letting go of mckinnie cuz he was overweight lol. ap should punch spielman in the face. oh yea lets not forget mcnabb with his whopping 39 pass yds. what a joke put ponder in!

  23. Is a closeline a legal move by a left tackle?? If so then he did a good job on Harrison. If not then Harrison would of sacked Flacco every passing play!

    All in all Steelers got owned just as much as Lee Evans did by Ike Taylor!

  24. btw- any vikings fan ripping him… Seriously, are you retarded? Do you actually watch the games? Just remember- that #3 pick for Moss was Ryan Mallett. I bet you would rather have him than Donovan”I’m washed up” McNabb

  25. As a Viking fan, I’m not worried about this. McKinnie would have played like bovine excrement had he stayed in Minnesota. Chances are, he’ll be playing like bovine excrement before Thanksgiving.

    He’s always been a boom or bust player; just more bust than boom in recent years. Enjoy McKinnie’s short-lived success, Ravens fans; it’s not going to last.

  26. Funny. Just wait a few weeks. He takes games off, plays off and turns to mush. He’s so talented and completely wastes it. I seriously doubt he’s changed.

  27. No one ever said Bryant couldn’t play. The knock on him has always been consistency. A player with his ability and contract $ shouldn’t need to motivated by being released. The Vikings did the right thing to let him go because he was not reaching his potential in MN. In my opinion one game does not validate Bryant McKinnie.

  28. tnsteel, come on, Ike Taylor had a horrible game, and eventually resorted to trying to start a fight to make some kind of measurable difference. Yeah, that’s the guy you want to stand behind. Speaking of Steelers cheap-shot artists, how awesome was it to see Jarret Johnson LIGHT UP Hines Ward, and to do it legally and face-to-face, unlike “from behind” and “after the whistle” like Ward likes to do. That makes two straight games where a Raven has knocked the crap out of Ward — remember that Ed Reed beatdown when Ward tried to start a fight after the first snap of last year’s playoff game?

    Back on topic: Everyone’s talking about McKinnie’s motivation, but a lot of people are missing the U of Miami connection. That college’s players have maintained really strong bonds after moving to the NFL, and the Ravens have particularly strong leaders in their ex-Hurricanes: Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. McKinnie has probably thought of those guys as brothers for several years, and now he’s on their team and really doesn’t want to let them down. He probably feels “at home” for the first time in a long time, and it shows. Great day for McKinnie.

  29. Go ahead Steelers fans, get your left click buttons on your mouse ready to give me a “thumbs down”.

    1) All World Linebacker James Harrison got straight up handled yesterday by McKinnie and he didn’t fare too much better when he lined up against Oher either.

    2) They couldn’t have beat the COPPIN STATE UNIVERSITY EAGLES, let alone the Baltimore Ravens turning the ball over seven times

    3) For some reason, Ray Rice has their number.

    and finally…

    4) For all the talking they did off the field, they got their mouths shut on it.

  30. Minnesota] tried to make it seem like I lost it. Well, I guess I found it in Baltimore. It’s good motivation,” McKinnie said after the game. That’s all she wrote

  31. Also, Harrison sure did spend a lot of time on the sidelines considering the amount of impact he was supposed to have. The only part of him that works is his mouth.

  32. jmp527 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 2:16 PM
    instead of “slapped around” the writer should have used the term “held repeatedly”. the outcome of the game would not have been different but Harrison was mugged repeatedly and only drew one single flag.

    ____________________________________

    Since when does Standing up a linebacker then putting said linebacker on his ass count as holding? Your team got embarrassed out there and you’re only making it worse.

  33. tnsteel says:
    Sep 12, 2011 3:03 PM
    Is a closeline a legal move by a left tackle?? If so then he did a good job on Harrison. If not then Harrison would of sacked Flacco every passing play!

    All in all Steelers got owned just as much as Lee Evans did by Ike Taylor!

    _________________________________

    You mean when Lee Evans drew both Ike Taylor and Palamolu over the top completely clearing out the middle of the field for boldin and dickson? I’d say he did pretty damn good without recording a single catch

  34. McKinney just pocketted an extra $75,000 for hitting a weight target…he’s working on his next $75,000 now.

    PLUS his working real hard on his conditioning and has a dietician assigned to him monitoring his meals.

  35. @tnsteel

    You’re gong clothesline as some sort of excuse? Really? For James Harrison? The guy who doesn’t exactly endear himself as a clean hitter anyway? Really?

    You must have gotten in the action yourself yesterday and taken one or two in your ‘noggin.

    It’s time to man up, and just say the other team played well and had the better day. You know why? Because they did…for just one game, the Ravens had their way. It’s not time for excuses or any of that. Dude, a man takes his beating and moves on. I did that last year after the playoffs when the Ravens lost a toughgame. It’s a long season. You making excuses…well, that really doesn’t preserve anything except your whinning. Not really very manly, is it for a man of steel?

  36. “……………………………………………………….Silence……………………”
    That is what I thought Steeler’s fan!! Hahaha!!

  37. jmp527 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 2:16 PM
    instead of “slapped around” the writer should have used the term “held repeatedly”. the outcome of the game would not have been different but Harrison was mugged repeatedly and only drew one single flag.
    _____________________
    Really? Does anyone else view this as anything but…whinning!

    Dude, you’re another one. It’s time to man up and simply admit that your hated opponent got you this time. Your team lost. It was only one week. It’s a long season. Move on.

    Losers make excuses. Even the players on the team take it better than this type of fan. Take it and move on. If you want to add having class to how you behave, congratulate the other side, admit you were beat and move on. But whinning…..it does not look good on you!

    Do you really want to come off this way?

  38. This reminds me of Randy Moss trying to get out of Oakland for some reason.

    I don’t think its a coincidence that then pro bowl center Matt Birk left his born and raised community (Minneapolis) and took less money from the Ravens than the Vikings were offering when he hit free agency.

  39. robertopicadillo says: Sep 12, 2011 3:03 PM

    yup thats the rick spielman i know letting go of mckinnie cuz he was overweight lol. ap should punch spielman in the face. oh yea lets not forget mcnabb with his whopping 39 pass yds. what a joke put ponder in!
    ——————————————–

    It really is quite amazing that Rick Spielman wasn’t called out after the Favre/Childress debacle. This guy was a average at best personnel guy they brought in after he left the Dolphins, a team that wasn’t exactly lighting the league on fire in the early 00s. He’s got a “teflon” thing going on when it comes to criticism. I’d have to believe if Lezlie Fraser doesn’t turn this thing around their both gone – but who knows with the Wilfs.

  40. As a Raven’s fan, he looked good last weekend. Harrison seem to have more issues with his back or conditioning, he certainly did not look like he was able to go full force all day.

    As for the new “blind side”, let’s see if he can stay focused and motivated for more than one game with a chip on his shoulder – he will be tested every game and all day, he will see Harrison at the least ONE more time.

  41. If he would have stayed with the Vikings he would never been inspired or lost the weight.

    Sometimes a step back means a giant leap forward.

  42. Make sure you thank Ozzie when Mckinney decides not to show up and gets your QB hurt. Just wait, thats been his deal throughout his whole career and the Vikings grew tired of his BS.

  43. You can only partially blame Steeler fans for gobbling up the myth that Harrison gets held on every play. They’ve been spoon-fed that line for years, and it’s affected their ability to objectively watch a game.

    If you want a good definition of holding, watch what Willie Colon did to Cory Redding on Mendenhall’s 23 yd run in the 1st quarter. It was the single “block” that sprung him, and 1st and 20 after that most likely leaves you with 0 points instead of 7.

  44. there has been a changing of the gaurd in the AFC North. Sometimes one game can mean a lot mentally to a team and I believe this will do that for the Ravens. Steelers had a good run and this will continue to be a great rivalry, but its clear who the better team is this year. McKinnie is a beast.

  45. Mount Mckinnie is the hottest girl in school you have to dump not because shes not great in bed or because she isnt pretty enough, but because she needs constant attention. He cannot motivate himself. Dude can play when he wants to, no one has ever debated that. Its just can you keep him interested

  46. Wow, really after one game his is a find???? Give it a rest. This guy is a bum and always will be. It is just a matter of time before you Ravens fans see the statue that he is.

  47. typical mckinnie. this guy had one good game just wait till he gets distracted/ loses interest and looks like the worst lt in football. ive never seen someone perfect the cole block quite like him

  48. Mckinnie is what we know he is…..good when he wants to be, bad when he becomes complacent.

    Hmm….you don’t want to make your new bosses look stupid, so what happens? Dude will look fine for the first 4 games, after that, it’s anyones guess.
    He WILL become complacent….that’s how he rolls.

    Funny how 1 week of football has everyone from Buffalo to Chicago in the Super Bowl. Heck, add Cincy for that matter….

  49. Vikes are the worst managed team in football. What was worse…….trading a 3rd round pick for Moss weeks before cutting him……..or this debacle. They very likely could have beat the Chargers yesterday if they would have had McKinnie. But Idiots like Paul Hargis think this was a good move and that Johnson is a quality LT. Yeah…..that’s why the Colts got rid of him.

    Thank goodness the Pack has Thompson…..and the Queens have Spielman.

  50. I rather see the guy do great for the Ravens, than to have him still in MN playing lazy and collecting a HUGE pay check.

    As for all the negative comments about the Vikings letting him go, it was a sound decision. Lastly, all the baggage that dude has wrapped around his life now belongs to the Ravens. Good luck.

  51. jmp527 says:

    instead of “slapped around” the writer should have used the term “held repeatedly”. the outcome of the game would not have been different but Harrison was mugged repeatedly and only drew one single flag.
    ———————————————–
    Good grief, didn’t the Ravens embarrass us enough? Do our fans have to pile on, too?

    McKinnie played a great game. Instead of whining about the refs, what you should be asking is why the Steelers didn’t look at this guy in free agency. It’s not like we didn’t know we had needs on the offensive line. We just didn’t address them.

  52. I have one thing to say. The Ravens Kicked the living crap out of a very healthy Steelers. Out classed them every play. No Excuse’s steeler fans .This Steeler team Is the same returning team from the superbowl.Way to go RAVENS.
    P.S. Johnson great hit on that snake Ward.

  53. @lbdpatch …

    Actually, the Steelers had injuries in the Super Bowl. Our team was in better shape Sunday than in the Super Bowl. We really have no excuses. None. Zip. Nada.

  54. Yeah, McKinnie is one hell of a hold-and-tackle type blocker. He’s so damn big the refs can’t tell that he actually has the defender in a near sleeper hold while blocking.

    Harrison still ate him up several times throughout the game, so don’t start praising him just yet — and Harrison’s still recovering from a bad back.

    Worilds came in a few plays and immediately made it around McKinnie. I was not impressed with McKinnie’s performance, and his downfield blocking is terrible. How many tackles did Harrison wind up with? Seven solo tackles and two assists, so don’t start praising him yet.

    An average lineman can stop a defender at the point of attack 70% of the time. An elite lineman can stop him at the point of attack and prevent the defender from getting back upfield to make the tackle.

  55. boiler72 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 2:30 PM
    Uh, no. McKinnie got fat on purpose, just to get the hell out of Minnesota. Anyone who didn’t see that scheme is clueless. I can’t blame him. The Vikings are on their way to being TERRIBLE.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Do you know how much money he lost?
    Idiot!

  56. Harrison is clearly not healthy. He ate Mckinnie for lunch 2 years ago when the Steelers beat the Vikings. He will do it again (if) he is healthy in the secobnd meeting.

  57. Reading the comments here about how ‘distraought’ the Vikings fans are about McKinney’s ‘inconsistent’ play –

    Did it ever occur to you Viking’s fan that maybe it was not McKinney’s fault that he played inconsistently, but rather the fault of the coaches who left him in even when he was playing inconsistently, and the fellow teammates who didn’t/don’t know how to motivate teammates?

  58. Perhaps the guy just needed a change of scenery. Harbs doesn’t put up with BS. Just ask CMac. Who knows, he could turn into a turd quickly. But at least 4now he has solidified our line and has allowed Oher to play RT where he is obviously more comfortable and may well become an all pro. For the moron who said he wasn’t impressed by McKinney, I would love to know what game he watched. The one holding call was BS and was called that by both Simms and Nantz.

    This is (at least 4now) another great Ozzie play. He markedly improved our line with a fort probowler for a reasonable price. Add him to vontae leach and lee Evans all together costing a low 4th round pick and I’d say it was a successful free agent season for the ravens.

    For the viking fans who are crapping all over McKinney , perhaps u should look through real glasses at your team. Good players want to come to the ravens, jets, pats, etc because we have a real chance at winning it all on a yearly basis. Not saying that we will, but there is a real commitment from the owner through the gm and the front office down to the HC and the assistants to do what is really needed to win. There are honestly only a handful of teams that can really say that. I happen to be lucky enough to cheer for one of them. Honestly , do you put ziggy and the bikes in that category? Hell, I think he is more interested in moving or selling than winning. And u can bet your a$$ the players know it

  59. When the Vikes cut Mount McKinnie loose, it was like here is “our” chance. Steeler fan here. But nothing. For days. Then I read McKinnie signs with Baltimore.

    Perfect.

    Hard to understand why we let this gift fall through our lap, or worse, go entirely undetected – as anyone who watches tape knows Jonathan Scott will never be the answer. Scott is a C- on his best day, and he has very few “best days.”

    Same for Brian Waters. Guy was let go by KC. Waters is a road grader and a horse. Another player primed to be an under-the-radar free agent gem whose batteries are re-charged by signing with a contending team. Would have been a real upgrade in Pittsburgh.

    And again, the Steelers were asleep at the switch. These players would have provided much needed value at reasonably affordable cap hits. Instead, they provide much needed value to two of our arch rivals.

  60. @paulieorkid

    I can understand your pain, but know this. Unlike in Madden, Free agent players can choose which team they want to go to. Bryant McKinnie came out of the U, and was heavily recruited by our U guys – the Ed Reed (who played with McKinnie) and Ray Lewis. I am not too familiar with Steelers’ squad, and i don’t know if you guys have any the “U ” (Univ of Miami) members.

    As regards to Brian Waters, he also probably viewed playing in front of Brady better option than playing in front of Ben. Ben is one heck of football player, but we all know his propensity to hold on to the ball to prolong plays. I think linemen likes playing for Brady anyway.

    but who knows the real deal? I am just speculating here.

  61. @ Won Lee:

    Hey man — I respect your point.

    Still, McKinnie and Waters were out there for a stretch each — with no reported nibbles, and certainly no reports that Pittsburgh was interested.

    Tomlin and company can be pretty persuasive — lots of players who’ve played in Pittsburgh (who left for greener pastures [i.e., $]) later rave about it as the far-and-away best playing environment they’ve ever experienced. Kevin Greene, Byron Leftwich, Antwaan Randle El, Larry Foote, Bryan McFadden, Rod Woodson, Jerome Bettis, Alan Faneca, Joey Porter, James Farrior are a quick ten I can list right off the top of my head.

    And still others play their whole careers in Pittsburgh, accepting millions less than the market would bear – to wear the Black & Gold. Troy, LaMarr, Timmons and Ike are four examples of this from the past couple of months who took much less to play in the Steel City.

    The above-recited points are just a few of many more that prove that Pittsburgh has a lot of very strong selling points too, and yet – there was no evidence I’ve seen that they even made a run at either player.

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