- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie made his first start for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday but not before giving his opinion on why the Baltimore Ravens are struggling.
McKinnie, who was traded from the Ravens last week, told The Baltimore Sun that there's friction between the players and run game coordinator Juan Castillo.
"When he first got there, Juan definitely said he wanted to make changes," McKinnie told the paper on Saturday. "I like to stick with what works, but Juan wants it done his way. Now, people are getting impatient and aren't trying to wait anymore. Everything should be running more smoothly."
While McKinnie said he likes Castillo personally, he believes the coach is too regimented and isn't willing to adapt his style to the Ravens' personnel. According to The Sun, the Ravens signed Castillo to a three-year contract, which likely means he isn't going anywhere soon.
Here's the rest of your Wake-up caw ...
In case you missed it Sunday, the Ravens fell 2.5 games back of the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North race.
John Eisenberg, of the team's official website, doesn't believe the team's 3-4 record is a product of a Super Bowl hangover. "More than a third of the guys on the team (18) are new to Baltimore and didn’t earn Super Bowl rings last season, so they aren’t even candidates for self-satisfaction," Eisenberg wrote. "And as for those who did experience the triumph of 2012, Harbaugh has made it clear that if they value their jobs, they had better not get caught reflecting back."
The Baltimore Sun takes a look at wide receiver Torrey Smith's connection with the community. "This is going to be my home long after [general manager Ozzie Newsome] and them kick me out of here," Smith said. "I'll be living in this area. With the responsibility of being a professional athlete, I believe that it is on us to go out there and help people."
One reason for optimism for the Ravens: Four of the Ravens’ next six games are at home. "If they can’t make a run during the next six weeks," Comcast SportsNet's Clifton Brown wrote, "they can’t blame the schedule maker."
The Ravens have a losing record on their bye week for only the fifth time in team history (1996, 1999, 2002, 2005), according to The Press Box. Baltimore missed the playoffs on the other four occasions.