Michael Oher: “I’d Prefer to be a Right Tackle”

Oher Draft Day

With Jonathan Ogden entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, I find his old position at the forefront of my mind.

When the Ravens drafted current right tackle Michael Oher in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft, the expectation at the time was that that he would become the left tackle of the future. Oher has had his stints at left tackle, mostly due to injuries, whether to Jared Gaither or Bryant McKinnie. More often than not, Oher left a lot to be desired at left tackle.

It’s a bit awkward in some respects, considering that Oher was featured in the book and movie, “The Blind Side.” The Ravens really did all they could in the past five years, hoping Oher would man the left tackle position, but it just turns out he plays better at right tackle.

“As long as I’m in Baltimore, I would prefer to be on the right side,” Oher said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “I’d prefer to be a right tackle. I think I’m better over there.”

I agree with him. Who could argue with Oher at this point? The offensive line played as well as they did all year in the playoffs last year, after Oher was moved to the right side and McKinnie took over at left.

The good news for Oher and Ravens nation is the fact that the 2013 season will be the first time in Oher’s career where he knows where he will play going into the season. Kelechi Osemele has locked the left guard spot, All-Pro Marshal Yanda is going to continue to dominate at right guard, and most importantly, McKinnie will be the starter at left tackle.

“Probably for the first time I’ve been a Raven, I know the position I’m going to play this year,” Oher also said. “I guess that’s a good thing, but I’ve still got to get better and work hard every day.”

Yes he does. As always, it all starts up front. The Ravens want to both protect their investment in Joe Flacco, and have a fierce two-headed running attack with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. While it may not follow a “storybook” narrative, having Oher planted firmly on the right side gives the team the best chance to accomplish those goals and more in 2013.

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8 Raves on “Michael Oher: “I’d Prefer to be a Right Tackle”

  1. Michael on said:

    I commend Michael for understanding his role and accepting that he’s a better RT than LT. The bigger money is on the left side, so lots of guys who can’t play there want to b/c of contract issues. If Michael is happy on the right side, and willing to accept starting RT money, I’d love to see him in purple for the next 10 years. He’s good on the right side. Can be an anchor over there.

    • Mill on said:

      That doesn’t mean that his representatives won’t try to go for LT money in contract negotiations. There is a very strong chance that we haven’t seen the last of Oher at LT, regardless of the fact that the organization seems to be coming around to the idea that he’s just not a franchise LT. Who knows what McKinnie has left in him and with no other LT options on the roster if he gets hurt Oher is right back on the blind side.

  2. Josh on said:

    With another full season on the right side, Oher could make the Pro Bowl. He is starting to adjust nicely to the non-blindside.

  3. jws on said:

    Not so fast Raven fans and Mr. Oher. Guess what?If Mckinnie gets hurt where do you think you will be?, You guessed it l Michael, at left tackle!
    Oher’s statement was interested too….”As long as I am in Baltimore”. what does that mean? With next year as a restricted free agent at a high tender offer I’m sure from the Ravens, would anyone give up a high draft pick for a quality tackle for his services? Should the Ravens before free agency begins make him a long term offer? Stay tuned……

  4. BoldinRaver on said:

    Yep, he probably wants a pro bowl year going into the market, but we all saw the movie. Who can criticize a guy who grew up with so little hunting for a payday? He may work himself out of the Ravens price range, and it’ll be fun to watch. He makes a lot of mistakes, but I love the way he mauls. Underrated.

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