Looks like the youth movement is under way along the Ravens' offensive line. The team replaced 25-year-old Adam Terry at right tackle with 22-year-old Marshal Yanda at the start of today's contest against the San Diego Chargers.
On Thursday, the team reported that Terry -- who had started four games each at left and right tackle this season -- had an ankle injury and listed him as probable for today's game. Privately, however, there were grumblings that Yanda, a third-round pick in April's NFL draft, had proven himself as a more capable right tackle than Terry.
I guess the only thing left to ponder is when Chris Chester will replace Mike Flynn at center and if the team will pull the trigger and replace cornerstone Jonathan Ogden with Terry at left tackle. Ogden, by the way, was beaten by Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, who sacked and stripped quarterback Kyle Boller in the first half.
• Boller's fixation with wide receiver Derrick Mason was bordering on ridiculous as eight of the quarterback's first 10 passes were directed at Mason, the team's leading receiver. But Boller's last pass was pretty as he lofted a 23-yarder to Mason, who nestled himself into a pocket between the cornerback and safety along the right sideline at the Chargers' 1-yard line. Running back Willis McGahee scored his team-leading seventh touchdown a play later.
• It's difficult to determine who was at fault on Antonio Gates' 35-yard touchdown catch, but linebackers Jarret Johnson and Bart Scott appeared to be having an animated talk after the score. One of them probably was expecting the other to shadow Gates.
• I thought Ravens fans were fickle, but Chargers fans take the cake. After running back LaDainian Tomlinson took a handoff for a gain of zero yards, boos rained down from every area of Qualcomm Stadium. While that might sound innocuous, it was only the second play of the Chargers' possession. Unofficially, the fans have booed the offense seven times.
• The offense has been unable to capitalize on a couple of gift calls by the officials. Quentin Jammer's supposed pass interference was a mystery since Jammer didn't appear to touch wide receiver Devard Darling and Boller's pass was uncatchable. Antonio Cromartie's illegal contact of Mason had a little more merit, but there have been more egregious calls that have gone unwhistled. Both penalties, however, led to Sam Koch punts.