Size Doesn’t Matter

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We’ve often hear media members and observers of the Ravens point to Gino Gradkowski’s size or lack thereof as a major deterrent to his success in the NFL.

Perhaps such opinions are swayed when they compare Gradkowski’s listed size (6’3”, 300 pounds) to that of Matt Birk’s playing size and weight (6’4”, 310 pounds). Whatever the major influencer of such an inaccurate assessment, size isn’t to blame for the second year former Delaware Blue Hen’s struggles.

Here’s a list of the centers selected to the AFC and NFC rosters for the 2013 Pro Bowl.

The (4) 2013 Pro Bowl centers average 6’3 3/4″, 297 1/4 lbs.

Size is not the issue.

It’s something more than that…

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7 Raves on “Size Doesn’t Matter

  1. Tucker: M&T Sec 527 on said:

    … and prithee, what might that “something” be? A lack of experience with the leadership duties of NFL centers?
    A lack of capacity to perform leadership duties as an NFL center? Poor technique? OK, so he is not a man mountain. You submit that one need not have a man mountain at center in the NFL. Inquiring minds want to know why you think opposing DLs are hauling ass up the A gaps and straight past Gino with such success.

  2. JerryB on said:

    Reminds me of an old adage: “It’s not the size of the cat in the fight, but the size of the fight in the cat that counts! Experience and/or ability are the main issues here! It’s tempting to point to the level of competition that Gradkowski faced at Delaware, until one realizes that Birk played at….Harvard! So, who knows……

  3. Tyler on said:

    I’ve had enough of Gino. At this point in the season, these are dire straits. We have to win these games. In no way is Gino helping us do that. Honestly how much worse could the results be if Shipley or Jensen was to step in? Jah Reid seems halfway capable to hold down LG, as well as Shipley has, anyway. Gino is not capable, and he is not improving. It’s only a matter of time before he gets Flacco hurt. Especially with Rex’s blitz-happy Jets coming to town. Joe will be running for his life, and Gino will be to blame.

  4. Boldin Raver on said:

    It’s open season on Gino for the defense. He’s learning a position that takes time to learn under the best of circumstances — so he gets the normal mix of stunts and blitzes they would throw at any rookie — but with the added bonus of an added LB on EVERY DOWN because there is no legitimate TE or Slot WR threat to make a defense pay for vacating the middle. It’s sucksville, no doubt, but I am loving the D that they spent so much time focusing on this offseason at the expense a host of missing key offensive needs.

    • Rumor Ray on said:

      Raver it is about time someone pointed out it is not all Gino’s fault! I think we have guys stepping into the TE / Slot roll now and should be able to help change the way Flacco is pressured. We miss Pitta !!! Now once we get the Run Game moving again then maybe we can move the chain on 1st and 10 and not have to keep playing from 3rd and long …

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