A gentleman by the name of "Primetime" wrote this on the OH Ravens' discussion board. One of the best posts I've read in a long time on the current state of affairs on the Ravens:
"Unfortunately, we just haven't managed the salary cap well, which really has hamstrung our ability to be players for top free agents. Not that constantly making big splashes in free agency is the best way to build a team but it would be nice to have that lattitude from time to time. Instead, we're paying a fullback $4 mill and he barely plays, some vets on the defensive side are being paid for what they've done in the past, as opposed to what they're producing now and with a salary cap in place, you simpy cannot do that.
The other issue and this could be on the coaching staff but it also could be on the personnel folks, we constantly try to shove square pegs into round holes. The alignment of the offensive line and the refusal of Harbaugh to get McKinnie on the field is simply absurd and it's cost us games. McKinnie might be a bone head and he's not exactly a hard worker but even in those circumstances, he's far superior to Oher at LT. Last year, Big Mac was out of shape, barely with the team 10 days and he took the field on Opening Day last year and kept the Steelers pass rush at bay. If Harbaugh would get past whatever hang up he has, we could get McKinnie at LT, Oher back to RT and KO to LG. That would get everyone where they should be and get Jah Reid off the field because he clearly doesn't belong.
On defense, our personnel is 4-3 personnel, yet we continually line up Ngata as 5 technique DT and it's hurting his efficacy. He's much better when he's in a gap or directly over the guard. Pernell McPhee could excel as DE in a 4-3 alignment because his size plays better outside of the tackle, as opposed to lining up in the B gap. Also, considering our shortage of talent and bodies at LB, it would make more sense to be a base 4-3 team. "