The old adage “practice makes perfect” may hold true for most (expect for maybe Allen Iverson) as expressions like that don’t make themselves up. There is truth in repetition, repetition, repetition. There is also truth in chemistry, especially with an offensive line. But in football they tell you that nothing takes the place of live game action, moreover live game action together as an offensive line. Which is not something the Ravens o-line has had, live game time together.
The week one pasting of Pittsburgh was week one of the newly formed line and it held up beautifully. I’m not sure anyone expected the line to mold, gel and more importantly dominate the way they did. Joe Flacco had time and then some to pick apart the vaunted Steelers defense. And the reason he did… Practice!
Practice with and by the offensive line. Practice made them perfect Sunday week one and if it’s true that they’ll only get better with time I’m not sure any time will want to see that Ravens team. If Bryant McKinnie, Ben Grubbs, Matt Birk, Marshal Yanda and Michael Oher were that good in their first game, one can only dream of where the line and team will be come midseason. The sky is now truly the limit — it’s time for more practice — who knows maybe they can be perfect.