December 15, 2011
By Tom Worgo
Michael Oher became famous on the blind side. Hollywood portrayed Oher in a movie and his life story was also the subject of a New York Times’ best seller.
But Oher has spent more time on the other side of the football in his three seasons with the Ravens.
He moved back to right tackle – the position he played as a rookie – prior to this season when the Ravens brought in left tackle Bryant McKinnie in late August.
Oher’s shift to the right side didn’t go as smoothly as the Ravens had hoped. His play seemed to slip early in the season. Oher’s stock bottomed out when John Harbaugh called him out for two false starts in the 26-13 loss to the Titans in Week 2.
Now, Oher is out of Harbaugh’s doghouse. “He has grown into the right tackle position again,” the coach said. “He cleaned up a lot of the pre-snap stuff.”
The penalty problems are clearly behind Oher, but they may have overshadowed another solid season.
“All year he has been playing some really good football,” Ravens right guard Marshall Yanda said. “It’s just at the start of the year he had a few penalties. Obviously, when the media portrays it, then it seems he has bad games. He’s done a great job down the stretch.”