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Where does Michael Oher fit in?

Posted on: January 22, 2011 9:00 pm
M. Oher (US Presswire) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Michael Oher has one heck of a story of how he got to where he is today. But now that he’s there, how good a left tackle can he be? And, more urgently, will the Ravens give him a chance to find the answer?

You’ll recall that, after a strong rookie year, Oher moved to the left tackle spot, and when Baltimore’s Jared Gaither, who was moved to right tackle, couldn’t take the field because of a bad back, Oher’s new position became permanent. That prompted the coaching staff to shift Marshal Yanda from right guard to right tackle, and the team inserted Chris Chester into the right guard spot.

But after an inconsistent performance by the offensive line this year, the Ravens fired OL coach John Matsko following their playoff loss to the Steelers.

Oher was good at times and bad at others this season. He had a propensity to false-start, and when matched up against speed rushers, he struggled.

So, what to do about Oher? Well, if Baltimore brings back Gaither, which is no sure thing, Oher could shift back to right tackle and move Yanda back to right guard. That’s where coach John Harbaugh would rather have Yanda play anyway, because, in Harbaugh’s eyes, he’s a dominant puller.

There’s also this question: is Oher even suited to play tackle in the NFL?

“Oh yeah, he can do it,” Harbaugh told the National Football Post. “I think Michael Oher can play either tackle. What side Mike winds up playing depends on who else is in the mix. I think he had a very good second year. I think the sky’s the limit for Michael.”

For now, that sky includes the left side of the line. Unless the Ravens can find somebody better to fill that role, Oher will continue to protect the blind side.*

*Ugh, I hate myself for doing that. Please don’t judge.

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Where does Michael Oher fit in?

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Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:06 am

Where does Michael Oher fit in?

Oher is fine on the left, only his second year in the NFL, there will be growing pains. Maybe he will never go to the Pro Bowl and have a solid, but not spectaular career, so what. What this kid went through, we should all be proud as Americans that anyone can be anything in this country if you try hard enough.  In the last 5 drafts, only 3, count them 3 LT's have been dominant. Joe Thomas, Jake Long, and Ryan Clady.  And a fourth,  D. Ferguson gets a lot of praise, also a lot of New York media hype.

As far as the notion by Katsowicz that questions Oher as an NFL Caliber Tackle... it's nonsense and it's not worth discussing unless Harbaugh demotes him to OG.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2011 8:32 am

Where does Michael Oher fit in?

Oh boy, as a Ravens fan and having watched them all of the last two seasons I must say that Michael Oher is a great left tackle in his second year and will be a perennial all pro for years to come.
The false start thing is ridiculous, seeing as he has to take care of the premier pass rushers in the league week in and week out.  False starts don't kill the Ravens, illegal blocks in the back on kicks and prevent defense kills the Ravens.
Oher has the best first step by anticipating the snap of the ball...I see no one else doing that.  Ask Jared Allen how many sacks he got last season when Oher filled in for Gaither in the Minnesota game last season.
Because of the "Blind Side" he is scrutinized unfairly...ask the Steelers if they would rather have Oher or the piece of burnt toast they have now.
Next time you have the urge to kill time by writing an insignificant article, write something about Favre instead.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 7:34 am

Where does Michael Oher fit in?

I think he ends up moving back to the right side and being a "dominant" right tackle. I think give time he could develop into a good solid LT  and he cant be to bad if they made the playoffs and kept him there.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2011 9:20 pm

Where does Michael Oher fit in?

I actually laughed at the end of this article. He ( Oher ) should be fine in 11' that line did some shifting this year.

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