Tag:Michael Oher
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:49 pm

Hot Routes 2.11.11: Killing the Favre/DWTS rumors

Posted by Will Brinson

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 8:05 pm

Report: Ravens meeting with Gaither on contract

Posted by Will Brinson

Jared Gaither's departure from Baltimore seemed like a foregone conclusion after the tackle missed the entire 2010 season with a back injury.

But the Ravens are apparently interested in bringing Gaither back in 2011 and, according to the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, are meeting Wednesday to negotiate a contract.

Michael Oher moved to the left side with Gaither injured in 2010, but it's fairly obvious the Ravens struggled much more this season than last -- after ranking in the NFL's top six for rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and yards per carry in 2009, the Ravens averaged just 3.8 YPC (28th in the NFL) and compiled just 1,831 rushing yards (14th) and 11 TDs on the ground (18th).

Moving Oher back to the right side of the line would also mean Marshal Yanda could slot back in at guard; another move that would help solidify the line.

Perhaps the most interesting development in LaCanfora's report, though, is a league source claiming that Gaither is "now healthy." His back injury was, at times during 2010, thought to be a long-term issue that could hamper his return to the team.

If it's not, and Baltimore can re-sign him, the Ravens could take a step back towards being the elite rushing team they were two years ago.

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 9:00 pm

Where does Michael Oher fit in?

M. Oher (US Presswire) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Michael Oher has one heck of a story of how he got to where he is today. But now that he’s there, how good a left tackle can he be? And, more urgently, will the Ravens give him a chance to find the answer?

You’ll recall that, after a strong rookie year, Oher moved to the left tackle spot, and when Baltimore’s Jared Gaither, who was moved to right tackle, couldn’t take the field because of a bad back, Oher’s new position became permanent. That prompted the coaching staff to shift Marshal Yanda from right guard to right tackle, and the team inserted Chris Chester into the right guard spot.

But after an inconsistent performance by the offensive line this year, the Ravens fired OL coach John Matsko following their playoff loss to the Steelers.

Oher was good at times and bad at others this season. He had a propensity to false-start, and when matched up against speed rushers, he struggled.

So, what to do about Oher? Well, if Baltimore brings back Gaither, which is no sure thing, Oher could shift back to right tackle and move Yanda back to right guard. That’s where coach John Harbaugh would rather have Yanda play anyway, because, in Harbaugh’s eyes, he’s a dominant puller.

There’s also this question: is Oher even suited to play tackle in the NFL?

“Oh yeah, he can do it,” Harbaugh told the National Football Post. “I think Michael Oher can play either tackle. What side Mike winds up playing depends on who else is in the mix. I think he had a very good second year. I think the sky’s the limit for Michael.”

For now, that sky includes the left side of the line. Unless the Ravens can find somebody better to fill that role, Oher will continue to protect the blind side.*

*Ugh, I hate myself for doing that. Please don’t judge.

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: January 13, 2011 12:32 pm

Steelers vs. Ravens: 7-Point Divisional Preview

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. As an added bonus, check out our playoff podcast preview:

1. Baltimore Ravens (No. 5, AFC, 13-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 2, AFC, 12-4)

This is perhaps the best rivalry in the NFL today. No, strike the “perhaps.” It is the No. 1 rivalry for toughness, defensive struggles, bloody and broken noses and grit. We’re lucky enough to see these two AFC North squads play twice a year, but it’s always an extra treat to watch them face off in the playoffs.

These two had the same regular-season record, and when they met in Week 4 and Week 13, both contests were decided by three points – one win for the Ravens and one for the Steelers. LB Terrell Suggs said earlier this week that the winner of this game will triumph in the Super Bowl. He might very well be right.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking

I hate going five out of five, but in the Divisional Playoffs, to get this matchup, there’s really no other choice.

3. Key Matchup to Watch: Ravens offensive line vs. Steelers linebackers

For the second straight week, Baltimore’s tackles will have to figure out how to slow down the opponent’s 3-4 defense linebacking corps. Last week, the Chiefs sacked Ravens QB Joe Flacco four times and put pressure on him throughout the game, and Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali made life very difficult for the Ravens offensive line.

Baltimore LT Michael Oher had a particularly tough time protecting his quarterback, and if he continues to struggle, Steelers LBs James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons will be happy to take shots at Flacco.

But it’s not just about pass protection. The offensive line also has to open holes for RB Ray Rice and Willis McGahee, and if they can’t get into the second level of the Pittsburgh defense, the Ravens are going to have big problems. The Steelers allow only 62.8 rushing yards per game – by far, the best number in the league – and the two times these two teams played this year, Rice combined for 17 carries and 52 yards.

If the offensive line can’t help him improve on those numbers, it’s going to be very tough for Baltimore’s offense to find enough balance to beat the Steelers.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

Those Troy Polamalu Head & Shoulders commercials are pretty hit or miss. Some are fairly funny; some are disastrous. But what I like best about them is that Polamalu is actually a pretty effective comedy actor. “You asked with your eyes, Trent. You asked with your eyes."

5. The Ravens will win if ...

QB Joe Flacco continues to hit TE Todd Heap every chance he gets. Flacco targeted Heap 13 times last week in Kansas City, and Heap caught 10 of those passes for 108 yards. If he finds the end zone a couple times vs. the Steelers, Baltimore could pull off its second-straight road playoff win.

6. The Steelers will win if ...

QB Ben Roethlisberger can pick apart the Ravens secondary. Which he should do. Aside from Reed, who’s still world class, and Chris Carr, Baltimore’s defensive backs corps is awfully mediocre.

7. Prediction: Steelers 16, Ravens 10

Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:21 pm

Hot Routes 1.10.11 wild card aftermath

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Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL wild card games averaged over 32 million viewers -- a new record.

Not surprisingly, there are now questions about Reggie Bush’s future in New Orleans.

The Baltimore Sun wants to know….Joe Flacco’s playoff beard: hit or miss?

Michael Oher spent most of Sunday’s game scuffling with KC players.

A fed up Bengals fan is auctioning off his NFL allegiance to the highest-bidding NFL city.

Monday night's BCS National Championship will feature Clay Matthews’ brother (how many Matthews stars are out there?)

Brian Cushing has fired his agent and hired Drew Rosenhaus.

Roger Goodell dressed like Joe Fan and attended a town hall meeting with 60 randomly selected Chiefs season ticket holders Sunday.

As expected, the Bucs exercised their one-year option on GM Mark Dominik.

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 4:30 pm

Hot Routes 12.7.10: Rex says, "Look at me!"

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel writes that New England coach Bill Belichick gloated over the 45-3 win by his team against the Jets by expressing almost no emotion afterward. Writes Wetzel, “For Rex Ryan, the only thing more frustrating than getting humiliated by Belichick on the field is the fact Belichick hardly dignifies the rivalry off of it. Ryan can’t make any more noise than he already does. He can’t beg any harder for attention from Belichick. He can’t declare war any clearer. He’s done everything he can to make this personal – coach v. coach. … And yet all he gets from Belichick is the outward exuberance of a preseason win.”

CBS Sports’ own Mike Freeman writes about a heated argument that occurred on the Jets sideline after they fell behind 17-0.

Lawrence Taylor is asking for a dismissal in his rape case, because his lawyers say police did not have a warrant when they arrested him in his hotel room.

The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla says any coach considering the Broncos job has to be a fool. He also calls former coach Josh McDaniels a scapegoat.

Bears C Olin Kreutz wasn’t especially upset with Ndamukong Suh’s hit on Chicago QB Jay Cutler last Sunday. Kreutz said he didn’t think it was a dirty play.

Ravens LT Michael Oher tweeted during a game, got caught and took a $5,000 fine. He’s not sure if he’ll appeal it.

At least one McDaniels brother will keep his job in Denver.

Packers DE Cullen Jenkins aggravated a strained calf last Sunday, and coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Jenkins will be out for next week’s game vs. the Lions. He could be out even longer than that.

The Colts have re-signed RB Dominic Rhodes. Most recently, Rhodes played in the UFL. Considering three Indianapolis RBs – Joseph Addai, Mike Hart and Donald Brown – are banged up, Rhodes might find some immediate playing time.

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 10:57 pm

Oher's fine is, oddly, much smaller than Ocho's

Posted by Andy Benoit

We expected Ravens tackle Michael Oher to be fined for his in-game tweet this past Sunday. We did not expect the fine to be so small. Oher was docked $5,000 for using social media during the fourth quarter of the Bucs-Ravens game. (Oher had left the game with a knee injury earlier and, unaware of the league’s rule against using social media within 90 minutes of kickoff or during a game, told his Twitter followers that he’d play against the Steelers next week.)M. Oher

Darnell Dockett and Terrell Owens were both fined $5,000 earlier this season for tweets inside of 90 minutes. So why did we think Oher’s fine would be bigger? Because the only other player fined for tweeting DURING a game this season (or preseason, as it was) is Chad Ochocinco. And Ochocinco’s fine was $25,000.

We asked the NFL the reasoning behind the $20,000 difference in Ocho’s fine and Oher’s fine. The league at first responded by paC. Ochocincossing along its original announcement about Ochocinco:

Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals was notified that he has been fined $25,000 for violating two NFL game policies – possession of an electronic device and posting messages on a social media site – during the Bengals-Philadelphia Eagles game on August 20.

Two messages appeared on Ochocinco’s Twitter page during the prohibited period for players to be using social media, which begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff until post-game media obligations are fulfilled.  One Ochocinco message appeared at 6:50 p.m. ET and the second at 9:53 p.m. ET.  The game kicked off at 8:07 p.m. ET.

The only difference we can see between Oher’s actions and Ocho’s actions is that Oher sent one tweet and Ocho sent two. The part about Ocho violating the policy against an electronic device is irrelevant in this discussion, as any player who tweets would have had to have used an electronic device (which means Oher would be guilty of that, as well).

Unless, in the league’s eye, there’s a difference between using an electronic device on the sideline (as Ocho did) vs. in the locker room (as Oher did), the implication is that a second tweet is worth $20,000 more than a first tweet. That would be consistent with the league’s rules against repeat social media offenders. But is that really a $20,000 offense? You can punch out a pesky, dirty cornerback for almost that price.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:22 pm

Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Oher (US Presswire)
All season long we’ve been wondering if an NFL player will get fined for tweeting DURING a game. Chad Ochocinco was fined for in-game tweeting, but it was during a preseason game. A few players – Terrell Owens and Darnell Dockett most notably – have been fined for violating the league’s rule against tweeting within 90 minutes of kickoff, but neither tweeted while their game was actually going on.

Well, Week 13 brought us our first regular season in-game tweet. And you’ll never believe who it was from (or maybe you will since his picture is included in this post): Michael Oher. The Ravens left tackle sent a tweet during Baltimore’s win over Tampa Bay saying that he would play next week against the Steelers despite a knee injury. (Oher later deleted the tweet…but not because he changed his mind about playing this Sunday.)

“I didn’t realize it at the time,” Oher said of the NFL’s policy, according to the Baltimore Sun. “I was just letting mainly my family and friends know that I was OK. Letting them know that I was OK was way more important than getting a fine.”

Oher might not realize that his fine could be in the $25,000 range. That’s what Ochocinco was docked for his preseason tweet. Talk about costly; for the price of that tweet, Oher could have ripped off an opponent’s helmet and landed at least three punches to the face.
There is a caveat with Oher’s tweet, though: it came after he injured his knee and left the game (that’s what inspired him to communicate with friends and family in the first place). So we still haven’t technically had a player tweeting while he’s in the middle of playing.

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