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09-24-2008, 04:09 AM
Line of questions for Steelers
By Joe Starkey
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

You hear it over and over again, never more so than in the wake of the Philly flop:

The offensive line stinks because the Steelers haven't made it a priority in the draft.

First of all, that was a team effort Sunday - an equal opportunity disaster on offense. Second, it's way too early to render a verdict on the line. Consider that left guard Chris Kemoeatu was making just his second road start, against a very good defense.

Could we give him, oh, another quarter or two before we write him off?

Lastly, while it's true the Steelers haven't drafted an offensive lineman in the first two rounds since 2002, taking linemen high in the draft hardly is a prerequisite to winning Super Bowls.

Exhibit A: The '70's Steelers, who won four Super Bowls without a single first-round pick on their offensive lines.

Exhibit B: Four of the past five Super Bowl champs. Only the 2005 Steelers had a front built with high draft picks. Three-fifths of that line remain, by the way, including a $6.9 million tackle (Max Starks) who suddenly couldn't crack the lineup after starting all 20 games in the championship season.


09-24-2008, 08:52 AM
What's the status on Simmons, did his wife give birth or is he a possible scratch come Mon.? Not like we need another starter out, just thought there's a few of us that wouldn't mind seeing someone else at RG.