Lay it on the line

Lay it on the line

There are 24 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Apr 28, 2008, titled Lay it on the line. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

No matter who else the Ravens picked, this will be forever known, for better or worse, as the Joe Flacco Draft.

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Baltimoron

Cumberland, MD

#1 Apr 28, 2008
Don't worry about Flacco's health. He should spend the year on the sidelines learning the offense while Gaither gathers experience at LT.

It won't be pretty this season, but it's a rebuilding year anyway... If the Ravens think they're going to throw Flacco out there this season and have a Roethlisberger/Brady situation, they're kidding themselves.
bill

Lakeland, FL

#3 Apr 28, 2008
the ravens had a great draft...you sound like a woman.

Since: Sep 07

United States

#4 Apr 28, 2008
Oz did well. It is a consensus that there is no QB next year to be had. Flacco has a ROCKET for an arm. We have an excellent Offensive coordinator that should be able to bring him along. We got him relatively cheap 18th pick - instead of 8th pick. JO said he would make the announcement before the draft and he did not so I expect him to be back so tackle was not that big of a concern. The more I think about this draft the better I feel about it. Let's see what type of cap room we have when all is said and done.
ech

Baltimore, MD

#5 Apr 28, 2008
this is clearly a argument article for the sake of arguing. ogden pretty much started right away although on the right side his rookie season. why cant gaither who handled suggs very well in practice handle lesser types from the steelers and others. there will be competition this summer and the best man will win. the o-line is young and shaping up to be evry good. grubbs and yanda did o k last year and will be better this year. brown, chester and terry will clearly be better lineman as they will be seen as the senior lineman. we drafted these last two for reserve and spot duty. j o thanks buddy for every thing, relax gaither and the boys have it from here. anybody have any info on the linebacker they drafted on 2nd day.
zuri

Mount Airy, MD

#6 Apr 28, 2008
Stop whining David. The line will be fine
Jon

United States

#7 Apr 28, 2008
The LT depth chart (assuming Ogden retires) shows Terry as the starter and Gaither as the backup. Terry does a good job when he gets the start. I don't see a problem here.
GORDON R

Hockessin, DE

#8 Apr 28, 2008
Drafting a tackle that isnt better than gaither would have been a waste.
eparker999

United States

#9 Apr 28, 2008
well ,let kyle start till we get the oline right.lol
Doc604

Baltimore, MD

#10 Apr 28, 2008
here's our starting offensive line this year; Terry LT, Grubbs LG, Brown C, Yanda RG , Gaither RT. What's the problem? I' confident they will gel together and become a very good line.
eparker999

United States

#11 Apr 28, 2008
i like the players that we drafted,to me it says we are ready to get young and faster.i just hope we play them.key word is rebuilding the line will be ok.oyea bye kyle thank's.it just didn't work.p.s.start number 50 at right linebacker.remember young and fast.
johnjames44

United States

#12 Apr 28, 2008
What a wonderful statement by an individual without any knowledge of the position skill requirements or individuals potential/skill set(s). It sounds to me that this extremely over weight individual, who has less than three (3) grey cells, should step up and show the RAVENs and fans of what his talent level consists.
Cornelius Madry

United States

#13 Apr 28, 2008
For the first time in years, I like where the Ravens are and what they are doing. I also think their new coaches (including the head coach) will give them the drive and motivation to once again bring to the fans of Baltimore a winning tradition.
Ben

Baltimore, MD

#14 Apr 28, 2008
Check your facts before you write a story. The Ravens did draft an OT, they used this years 5th round pick on Jared Gaither in lst summer's supplemental draft. Technically, he counts towards this draft class. Also, had he stayed at Maryland, he probably would have been rated higher than some of the tackles taken in the first round. We've got Terry (servicable, Gaither (tremendous upside), Yanda (better suited for guard and JO still has not retired. How many tackles do we need? If JO does retire, it was gonna leave a huge hole to fill anyway. No college draft pick can replace him. Plus Cam Cameron's offenses are geared toward the talent pool he has to work with, it's not Billick's just do it my way offense anymore. I don't think you can even evaluate the talent we may or may not ahve until we see them perform in a real NFL offensive system. I keep hearing Flacco can't move, neither can Ryan, Brohm or Henne. All the good QB's this year are pocket passers. They will build the offense around him and my guess is that we will be closer to the Ted Marchibroda offense and not the Brian Billick offense. Besides, you can't even begin to evaluate a draft the day after, it takes years to see how these players will develop.
Joe PDX

United States

#15 Apr 28, 2008
Why do so many of you concern yourself with what 1 writer says? It's his opinion; you have yours (most are laughable) and he has his (can't say I always agree with him). He is paid to write articles to create discussion and, some would argue, dissent. He has done that and your sophmoric comments denigrating him simply because he is doing his job are shameful. Get a friggin' life and move on... Maybe it would be best if the Sun hired writers who cheer every Ravens' move like Dickie V does with Duke. Yeah, that would be palatable...
And no I am not related to David...
Dash

Tampa, FL

#16 Apr 28, 2008
Joe PDX is a tool!
Jon

Bloomington, IN

#17 Apr 28, 2008
Joe PDX wrote:
Why do so many of you concern yourself with what 1 writer says? It's his opinion; you have yours (most are laughable) and he has his (can't say I always agree with him). He is paid to write articles to create discussion and, some would argue, dissent. He has done that and your sophmoric comments denigrating him simply because he is doing his job are shameful. Get a friggin' life and move on... Maybe it would be best if the Sun hired writers who cheer every Ravens' move like Dickie V does with Duke. Yeah, that would be palatable...
And no I am not related to David...
Then why do they have a comments section under the article? So we can kiss his butt like yourself or do they want others to say what they think of the article.
jono

Baltimore, MD

#18 Apr 28, 2008
Ben wrote:
I keep hearing Flacco can't move, neither can Ryan, Brohm or Henne. All the good QB's this year are pocket passers. They will build the offense around him and my guess is that we will be closer to the Ted Marchibroda offense and not the Brian Billick offense. Besides, you can't even begin to evaluate a draft the day after, it takes years to see how these players will develop.
Seems to me we have a pocket passer in Flacco and a mobile passer in Smith. So we have both options this year, which is a good thing. We will go with whatever works. But I suspect Smith will be given time to establish himself while Flacco gets his bearing in the NFL, and I think Smith might impress enough to snare the job for good. If not, we go bigger and less mobile. It's nice to have that flexibility. Odds are good that one of these guys will emerge as a reasonable QB.

I feel like the Ravens addressed a lot of needs with the draft, and are probably more likely to start some of the other players drafted than their new QB, who they hopefully will give the time he needs to ease into the league (and not ruin him rushing him to the show too early, like they may have done with Boller).
_READ_

Sterling, VA

#19 Apr 28, 2008
Gaither can get it done!!
jon dey

Mount Pearl, Canada

#20 Apr 28, 2008
"What an unsettled line did to McNair and Boller". What a great statement thet tells it all. Lets go with Troy, cause he can run like Hell!
Christine

Hilton Head Island, SC

#21 Apr 28, 2008
Gaither will handle the position well this season and beyond.

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