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“Obviously a surprise,” he said Wednesday. “But part of the business.”
Yanda and a handful of other Ravens don’t know much about Monroe, who has yet to arrive at the team’s training facility.
Oher said he and Monroe talk all the time, but they have yet to chat since the trade.
“He’s a good guy. He’s been doing well since he’s been in the league. He’s another good player for the team,” Oher said. “He’s strong, athletic, can move. He’s a very hard worker. He works hard in the offseason.”
Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens had Monroe rated “really highly” on their draft board back in 2009. He seems to be somebody Baltimore has long had its eye on. Harbaugh said conversations about acquiring Monroe from the Jaguars “had been going on for a little while.”
“He’s going to bring us a high-quality football player, a guy that we’ve had great respect for throughout his career so far in the NFL,” Harbaugh said. “We’re all very excited about it.”
The move could serve as a wake-up call to the current offensive linemen, who have struggled in the first four games of the season. Baltimore is tied for 30th in average rushing yards per carry (2.6), and 10th in sacks surrendered (12).
On Monday, Harbaugh said nobody is more frustrated with the play than the offensive line itself.
“In the NFL, every day is a new day and things happen fast and quickly. Guys’ jobs are won and lost every day,” Yanda said. “They’re always looking for ways to improve the team and rightfully so. That’s their job as well.”
Despite the troubles on the offensive line, the Ravens are 2-2 and still tied for first place in the AFC North. They acted quickly to try to improve the team and defend their Super Bowl title.
“It’s a sign that this football team wants to win and we want to win now. We’re not going to accept anything less than championship performance,” said defensive lineman
The Ravens weren’t treating Monroe as a savior. There’s still work to be done.
“We’re all trying our hardest, and when a move like this happens, it happens,” center
One primary question with Monroe’s addition is how it impacts left tackle
Harbaugh was asked what the move means for McKinnie.
“I think we’ll find that out. We’ll see as we go,” he said. “Obviously we’re bringing Eugene in to play. How soon that can happen remains to be seen. The main thing is that it makes us better. It makes us better almost immediately.”