John Harbaugh Defends Offensive Line

Source: Aaron Wilson, Baltimore Sun

Ravens_Harbaugh_2013During the Ravens’ third consecutive loss Sunday, the Cleveland Browns sacked quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked five times.

That tied a season-high, matched by the five times Flacco was sacked in a loss to the Green Bay Packers, and reversed a recent trend in which pass protection had been upgraded. The unit had given up just one sack in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to the bye week.

Was all of this attributable to breakdowns from left tackle Eugene Monroe, left guard A.Q. Shipley, center Gino Gradkowski, right guard Marshal Yanda and right tackle Michael Oher?

Not according to coach John Harbaugh, who stuck up for the line and said the issues were a collective problem.

“I feel like our offensive line blocked a lot better than the result might have shown in terms of number of yards,” Harbaugh said Monday. “When you watch the tape, there are a lot of really good blocks going on there.”