With the Ravens in the midst of their bye week and plenty of discussion taking place over their offensive struggles on the road, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie added fuel to the fire on Thursday.
In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, McKinnie suggested the Baltimore coaching staff has used the first seven games of the season to test out a more pass-heavy attack for quarterback Joe Flacco and the prospects of Michael Oher playing left tackle. McKinnie acknowledged the fact that contract statuses of both Flacco and Oher might be influencing what the Ravens have tried to do offensively.
Flacco is scheduled to become a free agent after this season while Oher is signed through the 2013 season.
“I think they just want to see Joe get the numbers and throw the ball,” McKinnie said. “We know what Ray Rice is capable of, so I think they just want to test some things out.”
When discussing the struggles of the offensive line, McKinnie made it clear what he thought the first order of business should be to straighten things out up front.
“Put me in, that’s what,” said McKinnie, who also recounted the circumstances that nearly led to his departure less than week before the season when the Ravens decided to cut his pay. The veteran also hinted that incentives regarding playing time in his contract may be another factor why he hasn’t started through the first seven weeks of the season.
McKinnie is scheduled to join WNST.net’s Glenn Clark on AM 1570 at 5 p.m. to clarify his controversial remarks that had Ravens fans abuzz on Thursday afternoon.