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I’m sure offensive coordinator Cam Cameron would have drawn up a solid plan to neutralize the NFL’s leading sacker if Jared Gaither couldn’t have played Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
But whether the Ravens would have executed it as well as they did at M&T Bank Stadium remains to be seen.
Gaither made a triumphant return to the field after missing two weeks with a neck injury, playing a major role in stopping Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil in Baltimore’s 30-7 win.
“I felt good. We got a ‘W,’ and ultimately, that takes precedence over anything,” said Gaither. “Overall, though, my neck felt fine, and I thought I played pretty well.”
Dumervil entered the game as the NFL’s leading sacker with 10. Considering the Ravens allowed seven sacks during the time that Gaither missed, it was certainly beneficial to have the big tackle on the field.
I asked Gaither how the heck a player his size (6-foot-9, 340 pounds) was able to get compact enough to block the 5-foot-11, 248-pound Dumervil. Apparently, it’s pretty simple.
“You just have to take good sets,” said Gaither. “You repeat that throughout the week and take it to the game.”
Oh. Apparently, some other offensive linemen around the league should take notes.