1. The offensive line never came together

On paper, the offensive line looked solid heading into the season. The Ravens returned four of the five linemen from a group that played great during their Super Bowl run. Alas, games are not played on paper. Left tackle Bryant McKinnie was a bust, left guard Kelechi Osemele injured his back, and center Gino Gradkowski struggled to fit inside Matt Birk's big shoes. The line as a whole also had trouble getting accustomed to the tweaks that run-game coordinator Juan Castillo made in the running game. As a result, the Ravens had the NFL's least efficient rushing attack and quarterback Joe Flacco took a beating.

( Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun / December 29, 2013 )

On paper, the offensive line looked solid heading into the season. The Ravens returned four of the five linemen from a group that played great during their Super Bowl run. Alas, games are not played on paper. Left tackle Bryant McKinnie was a bust, left guard Kelechi Osemele injured his back, and center Gino Gradkowski struggled to fit inside Matt Birk's big shoes. The line as a whole also had trouble getting accustomed to the tweaks that run-game coordinator Juan Castillo made in the running game. As a result, the Ravens had the NFL's least efficient rushing attack and quarterback Joe Flacco took a beating.

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