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Joe Flacco has been sacked 12 times over the first four games of the season. Those sack numbers are bad, but it's the constant pressure that has helped him throw seven interceptions. After he threw five picks against the Buffalo Bills last week, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome knew it was time to make a move.
The Ravens offensive line has struggled in different areas since the start of the season, but the worst damage was coming on the left side. Left guard Kelechi Osemele was impressive as a rookie and is only in his second year, so there are still reasons to believe that he will return to form.
Left tackle Bryant McKinnie is on the other end of his career arc, however.
He solidified the Ravens offensive line before the playoffs last season, but he spent most of the season on the sideline. Since he is 34 years of age with a history of weight problems, it's no surprise that he has struggled this season. He has looked old and slow, so he would be much better suited to a role on the sideline.
Newsome recognised his mistake and acquired Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars as a solution.
Monroe only cost the Ravens multiple mid-round selections, but that's not a reflection of his ability. He came so cheap because he is in the final year of his contract and the Jaguars weren't planning on re-signing him. The former top-10 draft pick is one of the few Jaguars selections in recent seasons who has lived up to his billing.
He is an outstanding left tackle with all the talent to be an elite player for many years to come. However, that may not be enough to allow him to perform this weekend. The 26-year-old is set to arrive in Baltimore this week and will have only a few days to adjust to his new teammates, coaches, facility, scheme and life before he must face off against the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins front is very talented and played well at times against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. In that game, Cameron Wake was absent, and his status for this Sunday isn't 100 percent clear just yet.
If he plays, he will likely play on the other side of the field throughout the game, but his presence will put pressure on Monroe because the Ravens will want to slide their blocking toward the All-Pro-caliber player.