Reviewing the Ravens offensive line
The Ravens' offensive line was one of the biggest disappointments during a season filled with them as the team failed to make the playoffs one year removed from winning the Super Bowl.
A glaring inability to protect the quarterback or create holes for the running game affected the 29th-ranked offense in several areas. They couldn't provide enough time for quarterback Joe Flacco to operate and he was sacked a career-high 48 times and threw a franchise-record 22 interceptions.
Aaron Wilson looks back at the performance for each member of the offensive line.
Other positions reviewed:
Jan. 21 -- Secondary | Jan. 22 -- Linebackers | Jan. 23 -- Defensive line
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Eugene Monroe, left tackle( Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / December 29, 2013 )
GS: 11 | GP: 11 | Snaps: 813
Season in review: The Ravens acquired Monroe in an October trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, exchanging their fourth-round and fifth-round draft selections. With obvious athleticism and superior conditioning compared to Bryant McKinnie, Monroe proved to be an upgrade at left tackle. However, he didn't always stand out and had an extremely rough game against Chicago Bears veteran defensive end Julius Peppers.
Stat that stands out: 24.0 -- Monroe received the highest grade of all of the Ravens' offensive lineman from Pro Football Focus.
Outlook for 2014 and beyond: The Ravens and Monroe are both motivated to try to hammer out a long-term deal for the pending unrestricted free agent. Since Monroe is in the prime of his career at age 26, the Ravens could secure blindside protection for quarterback Joe Flacco for several years to come if they can reach a compromise with Monroe.