I heard Qadry Ismail talking to Soren Petro (a really good local sports broadcaster) about the Ravens on Friday. When asked about the impact of adding McKinnie to the team, the Missile had nothing but praise. Not only had McKinnie protected Flacco well this year, he had allowed the team to move Michael Oher to RT where he was more effective. He also pointed out that McKinnie had been a major part of their offensive plan starting with the first offensive play of the year--a run to the left tackle for a big gain (Q knew the yardage, but I've since forgotten it).
The Vikings clearly underestimated how much McKinnie had left in him, just like the Chiefs did with Jared Gaither (who went on to play well for the division rival Chargers after the Chiefs cut him). That begs a poll question: