I've been waiting to see if the offensive line has improved much from last season, and unfortunately, it has not. A lot of the younger players have re-shaped their bodies turning baby fat into muscle, but this group lacks skill and intensity. Maybe that will change as the season goes on, but I doubt it. I thought the Ravens should have made a serious run at Eagles right tackle Jon Runyan in the off-season, but they decided to stay put. Runyan is a good, veteran player, and downright nasty. He would have been the perfect bookend to left tackle Jonathan Ogden, and a great bodyguard for quarterback Steve McNair.
You have to admire current right tackle Tony Pashos. The guy has put in an incredible amount of time to become a better football player, but he still might not be good enough to be a consistently good player in the NFL. Ditto for third-year guard Brian Rimpf. Second-year tackle Adam Terry has all the physical tools, but he lacks aggression. He's soft. If you had his body with Orlando Brown's attitude, you would have the perfect lineman. Right guard Keydrick Vincent hasn't shown much improvement from last season, and I suspect the Ravens won't hesitate pulling the plug on him early for second-year player Jason Brown or rookie Chris Chester, a second round draft pick. Chester has extremely quick feet, but needs a year in the weight room to add some bulk. He'll have a tough time rooting out big defensive tackles. The Ravens are obligated contractually to center Mike Flynn, but they have two larger holes to fill at right guard and tackle before they get to Flynn.
General manager Ozzie Newsome has always tried to have stellar tackles, and lesser-talented guards and centers on the inside because they double-team more. It worked in 2000, but that philosophy might not work now. The Ravens have some good, talented skill players, and hopefully they can make more big plays than the offensive line lets up. If this offensive line comes together, the Ravens will have a good season, if McNair stays healthy.