Offseason moves could determine Oher's spot

In a recent column, The Sun's Mike Preston pointed to Michael Oher as the key to the offensive line. Where Oher starts next season -- at left or right tackle -- could be determined by the moves made by the Ravens this offseason.

Oher had a strong rookie season at right tackle and moved to the left side last season. He didn't seem comfortable at left tackle — "The Blind Side" — and committed eight false starts and two holding penalties.


"What side Mike winds up playing depends on who else is in the mix," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after the season.

So, if the Ravens can add a left tackle in free agency or in the draft (and re-signing Jared Gaither would still be a surprise), it could mean Oher goes back to the right side. But Harbaugh did express confidence in Oher as a left tackle.


"Oh yeah, he can do it," Harbaugh said. "I think Michael Oher can play either tackle. I think he had a very good second year. I think the sky's the limit for Michael."

General manager Ozzie Newsome sounded optimistic about Oher, too.

"I think he did some good things, but if you talk to Michael he'll probably say he can play a lot better," Newsome said at the end of the season. "Having a year under his belt, knowing some of the people he'll have to play against year in and year out at that position, he'll be a better player there. He did a good job. He can do a lot better."

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