Oct 12, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA;Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda (73) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Baltimore Ravens defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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LT: Eugene Monroe
LG: Kelechi Osemele
RG: Marshal Yanda
RT: Ricky Wagner
PFF Pass-Blocking Ranking: 7th
PFF Run-Blocking Ranking: 4th
PFF Penalties Ranking: 14th
Baltimore’s offensive line excelled under former offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak, in 2014. The change in coordinators pegs Baltimore just below Cleveland, but not by much.
Baltimore boasts the NFL’s best guard tandem, as well as the league’s best guard. Marshal Yanda graded as PFF’s best lineman, regardless of position, in 2014. A four-time Pro Bowler, Yanda has become the NFL’s best run-blocking mauler. And he backs up his run-blocking with a pass-blocking ability that is very uncommon among NFL guards. Yanda, of course, was selected to PFF’s All-Pro first team, while fellow guard, Kelechi Osemele, was selected to PFF’s All-Pro second team.
Baltimore also boasts two quality tackles in Eugene Monroe and Ricky Wagner. Although neither of Baltimore’s tackles boasts a significant NFL accolade, Monroe held down his side of the line, while Wagner excelled on the right side, earning a spot as an honorable mention for PFF’s All-Pro team.
And while Jeremy Zuttah is nothing exciting at center, he gets the job done and limits mistakes, which is all a team can ask for of its center.
Baltimore’s line excelled under former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, so it will be interesting to see whether the big boys up front will be able to maintain their success under new offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman, in 2015.
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