Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 24-18 loss to the Cleveland Browns
Reporter Childs Walker analyzes five takeaways from the Ravens' Week 9 loss to the Brown in Cleveland.
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3. The Ravens offensive line will probably look far different in 2014( Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / October 20, 2013 )
The Browns defensive front is no easy unit to get well against. But the Ravens offensive line, with A.Q. Shipley playing out of position at left guard, reached another season nadir in Cleveland.
The run blocking was typically bad, but the pass blocking, a relative strength, also faltered. The Browns sacked Joe Flacco five times and rocked him with several other hits.
The line has performed so poorly that it's hard to imagine Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome bringing back a similar group next season.
Right guard Marshal Yanda is the one lineman who will almost assuredly return. The Ravens can only hope successful back surgery will allow left guard Kelechi Osemele to resume his upward trajectory.
Center Gino Gradkowski had to win his job from Shipley in training camp. But he hasn't come close to filling Matt Birk¿s shoes, and he might have to fight for a job again next summer.
Left tackle Eugene Monroe has played well since the Ravens acquired him from Jacksonville. But he's in the last year of his contract and might be no more than a 2013 rental.
Right tackle Michael Oher will also be a free agent, and it might be time for the Ravens to part with him after five seasons. Oher has actually regressed as a run blocker the last few years. His whiff on a tackle-for-loss by Browns rookie Barkevious Mingo offered a sad, perfect snapshot of his 2013 season.
The Ravens have become a one-dimensional offense with one of the weakest running attacks in the league. They cannot continue this way.