O-Linemen Want Redemption

A rough performance by the O-line has the Ravens’ players looking to improve.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Mike Duffy, Preseason 1 at Eagles

The Ravens’ quarterbacks were under duress for the majority of their 13-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, which has their offensive linemen looking for redemption.

Michael Oher, who started at left tackle, was flagged for an illegal formation penalty, and right tackle Jah Reid got two false starts.

What’s more, the Ravens’ signal-callers got hit with six sacks, five of them coming on rookie Tyrod Taylor.

Needless to say, the group is headed to the film room to improve.

“I think we’ve had pretty good work since camp started,” said left guard Ben Grubbs.  “Obviously, the product isn’t finished, but I think we did an OK job.  We competed, we were enthused out there, running around and knocking the dust off. We have some more work to do, but we’ll watch the film and make the corrections.”

“It was a start, but we definitely have to continue to work on our fundamentals and technique. At the end of the day, that’s what’s going to sustain us.”

Oher gave up one sack of Joe Flacco and allowed Eagles defensive end Trent Cole to stop running back Ray Rice for gains of 1 and 6 yards.

“I’m definitely more comfortable, but you get better from year to year and week to week,” Oher said.  “I felt alright, but you have to get better.”

Oniel Cousins, who allowed pressure from both the right and left tackle positions, saw some positives but was still eager to break down his game with Offensive Line Coach Andy Moeller.

“I felt like I did some things pretty good,” said the four-year veteran.  ”I wanted to work on my hands. I’ve got heavy hands so I wanted to work on my technique with my hands. I thought my hands were overall better. I’m just going to try to improve and work on some little things. I’ll watch the tape with my coach and move on.”

Reid, a third-round draft pick out of Central Florida, admitted that he didn’t have his best day, as Taylor was consistently eluding Eagles rushers during the preseason opener.

“I definitely went through some growing pains out there,” said Reid, who played with the second team. “I definitely have a lot of room to improve. Just keep the gears in motion and come out this week just looking to get better. And that’s what I’m going to do.”

Grubbs isn’t worried about the state of the Ravens’ offensive line.

For a player that started at guard from Day 1, the former first-round draft pick offered some advice for the Ravens’ young lineman.

“Really, it’s just learn from your mistakes and move on. I hear this phrase a lot: ‘One snap and clear.’ As an offensive lineman, that’s what you have to do,” Grubbs said.  “Whether it’s good or bad, you have to move forward, because one play doesn’t define the next. The young guys, they took on the challenge.”

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