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lamberts-lost-tooth
09-15-2008, 03:18 AM
Kemoeatu making some forget about Faneca
By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, September 15, 2008

CLEVELAND -- It is becoming a welcome sight for the Steelers' offense, almost as common and comforting as a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown pass:

Left guard Chris Kemoeatu pulling swiftly and violently to his right, clearing a path the size of a Deluxe Double Egg and Cheese Primanti Brothers sandwich and escorting Willie Parker to daylight.

Kemoeatu made his mark in the season opener against the Houston Texans, turning his massive frame upfield and bowling over a helpless defensive back as he delivered a knockout block.

He did it again in the second quarter Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns on what might have been the biggest play of the game.

Faced with fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 40-yard line, the Steelers' offensive didn't flinch.

A 57-yard Jeff Reed field-goal attempt in swirling winds was too long and risky. A Mitch Berger punt so deep in Browns' territory was out of the question.

Better to call Parker's number and hide him behind Kemoeatu.

Make no mistake, all of the Steelers' offensive linemen did their part on Parker's big run. Kemoeatu, however, stole the show.

Following a convoy of one - Kemoeatu -- Parker ran right and ran hard for 13 yards - 12 more than needed.

It was a symbolic play for the Steelers and a firm show of confidence in the offensive line, one that could bode favorably as the season deepens.

For his part, Kemoeatu executed another one of his trademark look-out blocks. Technically, however, he didn't actually block anyone. Then again, he didn't have to.

As he pulled, Kemoeatu sealed off an area on the right side of the line, effectively clearing a running lane for Parker. Parker ran all the way to the Cleveland 27 before he was stopped.

A few plays later, Roethlisberger drilled an 11-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward for a 7-0 lead. If not for Kemoeatu's block and Parker's run, the score would not have been possible.

It is easy to overlook Kemoeatu's contributions, much easier than it is to overlook the man, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 344 pounds.

His job was made more difficult because of the player he replaced. Alan Faneca manned left guard for the Steelers with distinction. So far, Kemoeatu has been nothing short of proficient.

He has been everything the Steelers could have hoped for from a former sixth-round draft pick who started two games prior to this season.

Playing guard - especially left guard - for the Steelers is no joke. Thanks to the high standard set by Faneca, every bad play is magnified while every good play is taken for granted.

Kemoeatu is far from a finished product. His pass-blocking needs polishing, which is common among nearly all offensive linemen.

Kemoeatu's run-blocking is what sets him apart from the ordinary. He's already shown himself more than adequate at clearing holes for Steelers running backs. But it's his ability as a pulling guard that should excite Steelers fans for years to come.

During a key moment in last night's second quarter, Kemoeatu again showed why the Steelers didn't leap to re-sign Faneca. As a result, their faith in Kemoeatu continues to grow.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_588282.html

Preacher
09-15-2008, 03:21 AM
a nice read two games into the season.

Now if we KEEP reading that stuff 10 games into the season, may I suggest the Rooney's break a long standing tradition and negotiate a contract.

Galax Steeler
09-15-2008, 03:41 AM
I really like the way Komoeatu pulled out and blocked for willie he an the line is only going to get better as the year goes on.

lamberts-lost-tooth
09-15-2008, 04:00 AM
Kemoeatu looks trim and quick (relatively speaking)....did anyone else notice him taking Rogers on one-on-one? Head to head Rogers did not get the best of him. Kemo is a beast.

HometownGal
09-15-2008, 07:22 AM
I saw Kemo at camp and posted a pic of him - he is a gargantuan. He's played very well in the first 2 games and I look for that to continue as the season progresses. He's definitely a keeper!

P.S. Alan who?

Aussie_steeler
09-15-2008, 07:33 AM
One thing he does have to work on is the head shot that they showed on the O line Introduction. He has a head of hair that puts Troy to shame.

Kemo's play in the running game was great to watch. Things look promising 2 games in. Both he and Kendall pulled extremely well on some big runs for FWP.

Rogers did get a couple of late cheap shots on Ben on passing play. he tried to targeting the right shoulder any chance he got. One was very late and he got away with it.

GBMelBlount
09-15-2008, 07:39 AM
Rogers did get a couple of late cheap shots on Ben on passing play. he tried to targeting the right shoulder any chance he got. One was very late and he got away with it.

That's how I felt as well. I was also surprised they called the hit on Woodley I think it was. It didn't appear flagrant in the least, at least not to me.

Aussie_steeler
09-15-2008, 07:42 AM
That's how I felt as well. I was also surprised they called the hit on Woodley I think it was. It didn't appear flagrant in the least, at least not to me.

Agree totally. Woodley was committed to the hit where as Ben had thrown the ball and had taken two steps backwards and Rogers headbutted the throwing shoulder.

Tankus_Maximus
09-15-2008, 08:38 AM
Ohhhhhhh hells yeah!!!!!

Edman
09-15-2008, 08:45 AM
Speaking of Alan...

Faneca and the Jets Offensive line was abused by the Patriots yesterday. Yeah, we miss him alright.

El-Gonzo Jackson
09-15-2008, 08:45 AM
Kemoeatu looks trim and quick (relatively speaking)....did anyone else notice him taking Rogers on one-on-one? Head to head Rogers did not get the best of him. Kemo is a beast.

Yeah, that quick trap in the 1st quarter he hit Rogers, then kept driving fat boy to the sideline.

I knew he would be an explosive blocker and decent enough pulling, but thought his weaknesses would be on screen passes and maybe pass blocking compared to Alan. I think Kemo's pass protection looks fine so far. I hope he can stay healthy and gets a new contract from us.

tony hipchest
09-15-2008, 09:45 AM
Originally Posted by lamberts-lost-tooth
Kemoeatu looks trim and quick (relatively speaking)....did anyone else notice him taking Rogers on one-on-one? Head to head Rogers did not get the best of him. Kemo is a beast.

there was the 1 play where hartwig was engaged with rogers one on one. then kemo comes into the frame to block him and absolutely levels him. it was pure assault and pancake battery. ive never seen a fat man get knocked down so fast. :laughing:

El-Gonzo Jackson
09-15-2008, 10:20 AM
there was the 1 play where hartwig was engaged with rogers one on one. then kemo comes into the frame to block him and absolutely levels him. it was pure assault and pancake battery. ive never seen a fat man get knocked down so fast. :laughing:

There was also another pull to the right where there was nothing. Kemo just dropped his head and plowed into the pile, plowing a trench where Parker could at least get 4 yards out of nothing.

Amazing to see the power. Reminds me of some comic book figure plowing thru a wall. I hope he stays healthy running into those walls. ..:thumbsup:

verks36
09-15-2008, 10:43 AM
Speaking of Alan...

Faneca and the Jets Offensive line was abused by the Patriots yesterday. Yeah, we miss him alright.

ya lol so much for there line being beast.

Steelers line has been dominant

SteelMember
09-15-2008, 11:00 AM
No doubt. That guy is W-I-D-E.

I liked the way the corner balled up at his feet. He wanted absolutely no part of that.

Black@Gold Forever32
09-15-2008, 11:01 AM
I was pumped when we took Kemoeatu in the sixth round of the 2005 draft...I think he is playing well so far and showing why he was a sleeper in that draft....I have already forgotten Alan Faneca long ago.....I hold no sentimental value to a player...lol Players come and they go.....

I agree the Steelers need to resign Kemoeatu....

steelreserve
09-15-2008, 11:06 AM
Big Samoan dudes make awesome linemen. This should come as a surprise to no one.

OneForTheToe
09-15-2008, 11:27 AM
I'll be even happier when we sign Kemo to a contract. Do I see a franchise tag on its way? At least he might be worth 7 million.

El-Gonzo Jackson
09-15-2008, 11:55 AM
I'll be even happier when we sign Kemo to a contract. Do I see a franchise tag on its way. At least he might be worth 7 million.

Good point!! They could tag him, so he doesnt leave in FA, then work out a longer term deal. I think Marvel Smith and Max Starks are on the way out, so could forsee picking up a FA Left tackle in the interim while they draft another to eventually succeed.

I dont know if they get into the Jordan Gross sweepstakes, but an O line of Gross, Kemo, Hartwig, Simmons, Colon wouldnt be that bad. With Stapleton, Hills, (maybe Essex) and another rookie OT or G in the mix.

Steelman16
09-15-2008, 03:31 PM
Kemo-Eat-U

:chuckle:

He did that a lot tonight. He's a beast. Probably the best O-lineman we have at the moment.

WVUSteelers
09-15-2008, 03:34 PM
It's good to see his development has gone somewhere. Against Alan Faneca yesterday, Kemo did a better job against Rogers than Faneca did against anyone on the Pats. What a pull on that one run by Willie too. That also helped his case.

Texasteel
09-15-2008, 04:12 PM
It's good to see his development has gone somewhere. Against Alan Faneca yesterday, Kemo did a better job against Rogers than Faneca did against anyone on the Pats. What a pull on that one run by Willie too. That also helped his case.

I saw that too. Faneca hurt the Jets badly on several occasions.

scsteeler
09-15-2008, 09:25 PM
I am so glad that others see that Faneca was a big reason this line played so bad at times. Alan in my opinion thought he was the line all by himself and he plays the way he wants to and blames others for not doing their part. He criticized Big Ben when he came and did the same to Coach Tomlin.

Alan was like a cancer for the Steelers and my only regret is that we did not let him go last year. Faneca was a distraction to the team last year and thank God he is not there this year to do the same.

:tt::tt::tt: Bye Bye Alan:flap: