2. Don't be surprised if Bryant McKinnie never starts another down for the Ravens

The Ravens essentially put a period on McKinnie's tenure at left tackle when they traded for Eugene Monroe last week. Any misgivings about the change disappeared Sunday when Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan raced around McKinnie to deflect a Joe Flacco pass and set up Miami's game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was an uncomfortably familiar scene for Ravens coaches, who have watched a sluggish McKinnie fail to hold the edge all season. At age 34, in sub-optimal shape, McKinnie simply can't protect Flacco's blind side consistently. John Harbaugh praised McKinnie's professionalism in the wake of the Monroe trade. But there was no sign of the competition inspiring McKinnie to a new level of performance. That kind of talk is generally overstated anyway. If McKinnie could flip a switch, he'd have flipped it already. It's not like he wants to lose. Monroe was inactive in Miami. He hadn't had time to learn the playbook. But it will be a shock if he doesn't start against the Green Bay Packers next weekend. As for McKinnie, if this is the end of him in Baltimore, remember the way he saved the Ravens' bacon by stepping in at left tackle in the playoffs last season. He was an underrated key to their turnaround.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
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