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“Ravens need to block better”…. DUH !!!

Everyone and his brother and sister is telling you what's wrong with the Ravens on offense these days…

"Ray Rice has lost a step…" … "They miss Dennis Pitta at tight end…"   "They should have kept Anquan Boldin another year…" "Joe Flacco got the big contract and he's too comfortable…"

But the real truth is the Ravens' offensive line is blocking at 40% of the efficiency it accomplished last season…

Sure, it doesn't help that guys like running back Ray Rice are battling the lingering effects of a hip flexor injury which deny him an acceleration factor which used to propel him through the tiniest of lanes… or that the ultimate possession receiver in Anquan Boldin may have been unloaded from the payroll a year too soon..

But sooner or later, you have to own up to the fact that your guys up front are just not doing a very good job of blocking opponents this year so far… I mean, do you have to draw a picture of how much transition the Ravens' OL is in right now? Your all-pro guard Yanda is playing hurt…your other up-and-coming guard Osemele is out for the year with back surgery… your center Gino Gradkowski is being exposed as undersized and overmatched…your all-Disney right tackle Michael Oher is being double-teamed and neutralized beyond any possible individual redemption… and your left tackle Eugene Monroe is struggling with the concept of replacing the departed Bryant McKinnie, who wasn't exactly tearing it up before he was traded to Miami…

My goodness, the Ravens are now down to having to start A.Q. Shipley at guard… which is pathetic because Shipley couldn't crack the backup line for the Philadelphia Eagles over the past 3 seasons, which arguably was one of the most wounded and devastated offensive line units of the league during the period of 2010- 2012.