It’s time for our weekly segment of Buy or Sell brought to you by Glen Burnie Motorsports. Each week, we pick three topics and let you know if we’re agreeing (buying) or disagreeing (selling) with the statement. Then, you vote and tell us what you think. With plenty of talk about the offense, let’s dig a little deeper, shall we?
Eugene Monroe should sit this one out
As of Friday afternoon, head coach John Harbaugh was non-committal about playing newly-acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe. Monroe was traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Ravens for 2014 4th and 5th-round draft picks. While I fully expect Monroe to suit up and be activated for the game, I think it would be better for him to sit this one out.
Due to details of compensation, which we found out included the Jaguars paying all but $547,000 of Monroe’s salary for the remainder of the season, Monroe didn’t even take his physical or hit the practice field until Thursday. With only one real practice to prepare and a walk-through on Friday, Monroe’s expereience can’t likely make up for learning the language of a totally new offense. One missed communication to the newcomer could lead to a direct and uncontested hit on franchise quarterback Joe Flacco, thus subjecting him to major injury.
I’m fine with Bryant McKinnie starting and playing the whole game if necessary on Sunday. He’s familiar with the system and now has something to play for whether he’s trying to prove he’s still worthy of a roster spot or putting some good film together for another team in the event that he’s traded or released. I’ll take Monroe in Week 6 and every week thereafter, but there is so much risk, and not that great of a reward over McKinnie if an uninformed Monroe takes the field.