I went back and looked at a play that, at first glance, seemed like a summary of everything that went wrong for our seriously underwhelming offensive line.
Here it is on packers.com - I doubt baltimoreravens.com uploaded the footage (frankly can't blame them). If someone can find or make a GIF of that play (or others like it) that would probably be easier.
ED: got two quick screenshots. A mod can take them down if I've done anything illegal (pretty sure this would come under fair use as a critique, but what do I know).
Anyway, here's what went wrong for the line on that play, from left to right:
*Monroe got beat. He wasn't beaten as badly as the rest, and iirc that was his first game as a Raven. Not entirely unforgivable, but Joe would have had to get rid of the ball quickly even if that were the only thing that went wrong.
*Ray Rice and Gino Gradkowski both tried to pick up the same spot... and it was completely the wrong spot anyway. It looks like Rice should have stepped up into the hole Gradkowski left, or Gradkowski should have taken a different spot.
*No matter who's more at fault, we had two guys trying to stop Lennay Kakua (I know our line was bad, but I think that was scheming too hard against her) and no-one picking up AJ Hawk. To me, that looks like a communication issue, but it could also have come from upstairs in the preparations leading up to the game.
*We also had two guys taking (I think) #56. He was the only guy in the area so I can live with that, but you could also argue Yanda should have picked up Hawk.
*Once that 56 guy moved past Yanda, Yanda raced to the left and shut down #76 on the Packers. Understandable, but we already had two guys on him after his delayed rush.
*Michael Oher just got beaten by 56. There's no other way to put this. He was dreadful on that play. He picked up the right guy, but he just got beaten on a straight speed move and could only look on hopelessly as Flacco went down.
The bottom line is that we had six guys defending Flacco against five rushers. And three of them got to him anyway (well, the third would have if the other two hadn't beaten him to it). Imagine how they'd have gone WITH Clay Matthews.
Anyway, there were plenty more plays like it (plenty more fish in the sea, or in this case plenty more rats in the sewer) so feel free to add a couple if anything stood out to you.
However, I think the big question about the line, and ultimately how to fix it, was whether the main problems were personnel (inadequate or not executing) or scheme. That will basically dictate whether we need to attack the o-line in the draft, take up a collection to let someone retire early (or perhaps, someJuan) or both.
Seems like a chicken and egg thing, but what are your thoughts? Do we start buying eggs or get better chickens?
Edited by Inqui, 07 January 2014 - 08:52 PM.