Oher seems to struggle the most with getting beat by speed rushers, or guys who simply run around him. Most don't run through him due to his extremely quick step off the snap (which has lead to multiple false starts) since he can set up so quick, but he doesn't usually get blown up from power rushers. The most notable thing about this is that when he gets beat it's very prevalent on the left side, but not so much on the right.
As we saw against the Colts, when a rusher ran around Oher Flacco simply saw it, stepped up, and made the throw. On the blind side Flacco doesn't see it and gets stripped sacked. Oher did not have a great game by any means against the Colts BUT Flacco did not get sacked because of him. You can argue Oher is bad but he did not let up any sacks.
Going forward I am for keeping him on the right side and getting a LT somewhere. Osemele simply excels at LG more than anybody on the team and Oher is a hardworker who will hopefully improve.
Against the Broncos I am a bit weary because of Von Miller. Von Miller would destroy McKinnie, Oher, and Osemele. It is a lose lose situation but I would much rather Oher take on Von Miller on the right side and keep McKinnie on the left to deal with Dumervil. Not an ideal situation but keeping Osemele at RT and Oher at LT worked out terribly the first time around. I think Harbaugh knows that and starting McKinnie against the Colts was preparation to play the Broncos. I don't want to play the same O-line we did in Week 15. I think Oher will handle Von Miller on the right better than Osemele can and McKinnie should be fine against Dumervil. You aren't going to stop Von Miller so why not put our weakest link against him. At least if he's beat on the speed rush Flacco can step up and make a play.
Edited by dhstandard, 07 January 2013 - 09:06 PM.