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Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 02:20 PM
Report: Willie Colon Moving To Left Guard

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

If you have followed this site religiously for a while you know that I have been a strong proponent of tackle Willie Colon kicking inside to guard for some time now. Several naysayers over the years have stated that it would never happen and they included Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, who stated just last May, "The move is not going to happen. Cheerleaders on the sideline at Heinz Field will occur before Colon is moved to guard in this offense."

Well it seems that Colon will now indeed kick inside and play left guard according to Mike Prisuta of DVE radio on Twitter. Prisuta reported today that Colon made it official today as he was quoted as saying, "I've made the transition to left guard. I like it. It's just a matter of learning the verbiage." Prisuta reports that Colon said the Steelers called him right after draft to tell him about a possible switch to left guard. Colon reportedly told the Steelers at that time, "My only issue would have been 'don't move me midway through camp."

With first round draft pick David DeCastro slated to start at right guard now, Colon told Prisuta that both he and DeCastro will be pulling quite a bit as he said, "You should expect both of us pulling. I think we're going to be a lot more balanced."

Glory, glory, halleluiah!

Colon has struggled to stay healthy the last two seasons after tearing his Achilles prior to training camp in 2010 and tearing his triceps in the week one game against the Baltimore Ravens just last year. He has played a total of just one game the last two seasons after being a picture of health the years prior. His move now inside means that there is a vacancy at right tackle. Marcus Gilbert started there last season after Colon went down, but was told heading into the offseason he should be prepared to move to left tackle in 2012. This of course was way before the Steelers drafted Mike Adams in the second round of the draft last month. Adams looks to be the long term solution at left tackle for the Steelers, but the big questions is whether or not he can be NFL ready by week 1 to protect the blindside of one Ben Roethlisberger.

The Steelers could very well still have plans to bring back veteran Max Starks prior to training camp to start the year at left tackle. This assumes that Starks will be 100% recovered from his ACL injury that he suffered in the AFC Wild Card against the Denver Broncos by then. Starks says he is ahead of schedule in his recovery, but time will tell. The Steelers also still have Jonathan Scott and his $2 million plus salary on the roster in addition. While Scott surely should not be considered at left tackle again like last year, he might be able to keep the right tackle spot warm until Adams is ready to start at either spot.

Gilbert is best suited for the right tackle spot, but he just might have to hold the left side down if Starks is not brought back. We will surely get a better idea of how the first team might stack up next week when the Steelers report for their first OTA session.

I guess the new Steelers cheerleaders will be on the sidelines at the OTA session as well. Right Gerry?

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/05/report-willie-colon-moving-to-left-guard/

Kingmagyar
05-16-2012, 02:26 PM
AWESOME and it opens the door for Mike Adams to take advantage.

Real good chance Starks is back as well.

Gerry Dulac is more wrong then right.

Bad news that Mike Adams can't take part in any OTAs due to that college rule where certain colleges don't let guys join teams until after graduation. I know if I'm some 5th round pick that has a chance to play in the NFL I'm not waiting around to join my team in OTAs. Stupid rule. Decastro is in the same boat.

Fire Arians
05-16-2012, 02:30 PM
i gotta say i'm really surprised. the position battles on the OL will be interesting this year

Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 02:43 PM
Willie Colon's move to left guard most likely ends Ramon Foster's tenure as a starting guard...

Don’t Overlook The Value Of Ramon Foster In Steelers Line Revamp

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by Cian Fahey

Entering last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff was reluctant to let Ramon Foster remain in the lineup from the previous season. After a training camp battle that began with Chris Scott and Tony Hills, backup center Doug Legursky started the season in Foster's right guard position.

Much like the previous occasions Foster got on the field, another injury gave him the opportunity to play when he took over for Chris Kemoeatu at left guard in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. Foster still found his way back to the bench until Legursky got injured the next week against the Indianapolis Colts.

This gave Foster another opportunity to start at right guard. An opportunity he seized for the remainder of the season.

Passed the team's two tackles, Max Starks and Marcus Gilbert, Foster was the best of the team's offensive linemen last year. There was a revolving door at the other left guard position with a combination of Trai Essex, Kemoeatu and Legurksy all featuring while Maurkice Pouncey failed to repeat his performances of his rookie year at center.

Foster isn't really an impact guard. For that reason you won't see analysts from outside of Pittsburgh overly praise him the way they did Kemoeatu for highlight trap plays, however you also won't see him make as many mistakes as other players.

Foster is one of the more consistent offensive linemen the Steelers have had in recent years. Entering his fourth season, he has started 26 games and featured in 41 since breaking into the team as a rookie. After going undrafted in 2009 he never received the hype that other rookies who do as much as he did during his rookie season.

In fact, throughout Foster's career, because he doesn't appear to have superstar potential, nobody has ever really given him the credit he deserves.

Championship teams are not built with 53 superstars. Generally a team is lucky to have five superstars and another 10 players with all-pro potential. The rest of the roster needs to be filled out with reliable role players who can consistently complement the stars.

Entering this year, Foster won't get much attention because Steelers fans will be desperate to see David DeCastro and Mike Adams in camp. While DeCastro is set to start as a rookie, Adams will likely be a backup tackle. Right now, Foster is set to be one of the two starting guards. With Willie Colon returning, Gilbert moving to left tackle, Pouncey being fully healthy and DeCastro at right guard, Foster will be the most underwhelming aspect of the Steelers' offensive line.

While he is underwhelming, he is still very valuable.

An offensive line is only as strong as its weakest link. Just ask the New York Jets about Wayne Hunter playing right tackle last year as he handicapped their offensive line. From a talent perspective, Foster likely is the weakest link on the line if he starts this year but you can be certain that he will be one of the most, if not the most, consistent player upfront.

Foster is versatile also. With him on the roster, the Steelers will be allowed to not only put DeCastro at whichever guard spot best suits him, but they also have a former college tackle on their hands. If the team decides to bring back someone like Starks and move Foster out of the starting lineup—the knock on effect of Starks puts Colon at guard—then he would be able to replace Essex as the sixth lineman covering both guard positions and possibly right tackle.

Excitement may be brewing because of the Steelers' heavy investment in new offensive line talent over the past few years. Foster may not be a former first or second round pick, in fact he went undrafted, but that shouldn't prevent him from being an important piece for the line moving forward.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/05/dont-overlook-the-value-of-ramon-foster-in-steelers-line-revamp/

Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 02:47 PM
So Willie Colon is going to be the Steelers’ LG?

May 16, 2012
The Sports Jags

http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/images/photos/000/980/370/93609403_crop_650x440.jpg?1277743783

We always thought that once the DVE Morning Show ended, Mike Prisuta just went back to bed. Apparently, he keeps working after the show because he dropped a Twitter Bomb on the Burgh today: Willie Colon is moving from right tackle to left guard for the Steelers.

Willie Colon made it official today: “I’ve made the transition to left guard. I like it. It’s just a matter of learning the verbiage.”

— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) May 16, 2012

Guess that means we can stop demanding that David DeCastro make the switch from right guard to left. Not a single media guy in the Burgh was talking about this move before today; some guys said Colon would only move inside if there was another string of injuries and some said it’d only happen when the Steelers decided to hire cheerleaders. Well, apparently the Steelers have been planning it from the minute they made their first two draft picks.

http://img0.yardbarker.com/media/c/a/cacfa0574cc6347fff6a8bb4ff899b2794e8221a/related/GettyImageProxy.ashx_requestUrl_http_3a_2f_2fcache .gettyimages.com_2fxc_2f84292032.jpg_3fv_3d1_26c_3 dEWSAsset_26k_3d2_26d_3d17A4AD9FDB9CF1932C8CA862D7 8896B93A3B7C37FBE63A9B.jpg?stamp=1335825394

Colon said Steelers called him right after draft about switch to LG. “My only issue would have been ‘don’t move me midway through camp.’”

— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) May 16, 2012

This move pretty much means that Ramon Foster just lost his starting job without doing anything and Mike Adams just won a starting job without doing anything. But Adams has work to do now because he not only has to transition from left tackle to right, he also has to be ready to start by Week 1.

Colon is built more like a guard but before he got hurt the last two years he was considered a top right guard in the NFL. Now, he has to learn a new position while trying to stay healthy. It’s kind of weird that one of the Steelers’ top priorities this offseason was to find a way to cut down on Ben Roethlisberger’s sack numbers, and the way they think to accomplish that is to put two rookies on Ben’s right side with two right-side linemen on his left.

We don’t really see how that works. This whole offseason is just bizarre…and that’s saying something considering we didn’t even have an offseason last year.

Here’s what the Steelers’ offensive line looks like now:

Gilbert – Colon – Pouncey - DeCastro – Adams

Original Story: http://thesportsjags.com/so-willie-co...

STEELAMANIA
05-16-2012, 03:01 PM
I think my favorite lineman, JONATHAN "ROLLERSKATES" SCOTT deserves to start at left tackle.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA just kidding. I hope he gets cut before training camp....not to wish nothing bad on anyone, but SOMEBODY please step up as a valueable backup just in case of injury?

PhantomJB93
05-16-2012, 03:12 PM
Awesome. I honestly didn't think the coaching staff would have the guts to do it. We don't upset the status quo too much, so I expected them to keep him at tackle since he's been good there, but I think this will pay huge dividends.

I'm pretty sure now that Mike Adams will be our starting left tackle by the end of camp. I don't think they'd make this move if they didn't have a lot of faith in him. Starks could be back but I really don't see it.

I don't think it makes sense for Gilbert to start at left tackle and Adams at right if the plan is for them to be swapped down the road. It's not like Gilbert has THAT much more experience that it will make much difference, especially since he never even played at left last year.

Fire Arians
05-16-2012, 03:21 PM
I think my favorite lineman, JONATHAN "ROLLERSKATES" SCOTT deserves to start at left tackle.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA just kidding. I hope he gets cut before training camp....not to wish nothing bad on anyone, but SOMEBODY please step up as a valueable backup just in case of injury?

your favorite lineman? must be a ravens fan in disguise! :chuckle:

ditto on hoping he gets cut before camp. he likely will, with him in the game it's basically just like lining up with 10 men on the field

I wonder though, are they planning to keep gilbert at RT since he's proven he can play there, and put Adams at LT where his natural position is? perhaps they are moving colon to LG to pair the rookie with a veteran so the left side won't be a liability. just maybe.

and i hope we can keep foster and legursky. with colon's injury history I think it's a must we have some capable LG backups.

Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 03:30 PM
I think my favorite lineman, JONATHAN "ROLLERSKATES" SCOTT deserves to start at left tackle.



you must be Terrell Suggs secretly posting on this board...:chuckle:

pancake
05-16-2012, 03:39 PM
you must be Terrell Suggs secretly posting on this board...:chuckle:

Suggs does have more free time on his hands now... :flap:

Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 04:01 PM
Willie Colon Moving from Right Tackle to Left Guard

by Neal Coolong on May 16, 2012

http://cdn0.sbnation.com/entry_photo_images/4057342/142833883_extra_large.jpg

Mike Prisuta reported Wednesday afternoon Steelers OL Willie Colon will move from right tackle to left guard, a move often discussed throughout Colon’s tenure with the team.

A report indicates the Steelers notified Colon of their intentions to move him to the left guard position after the draft, when they selected Stanford OG David DeCastro in the first round.

This strongly indicates DeCastro will remain at right guard, the position he played in college.

Colon was one of the better right tackles in football before an Achilles injury and subsequent triceps injury ended his 2010 and 2011 seasons, respectively. He’s been around the game long enough to make one feel he’d be at least able to perform on a comparable level at guard as he did with tackle, provided he can get the terminology down (something no pro should struggle with).

The story now will be around who the right tackle will be; rookie Mike Adams or veteran Jonathan Scott.

Some have raised umbrage with the idea of Scott playing for the Steelers in any capacity (even some not named John Stephens), and with second-year OT Marcus Gilbert being told he would move to left tackle in 2012, it would appear Scott and Adams are now set to do battle for what will be the most talked about positional competition in training camp.

It’s very possible Scott takes the position early on account of his experience but is eventually replaced by the highly touted rookie.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/5/16/3024717/Pittsburgh-steelers-willie-colon-left-guard-david-decastro-mike-adams-jonathan-scott

Steelersfan87
05-16-2012, 04:02 PM
I've got to admit, I'm kind of shocked that the team had the gumption to make this move.

Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 04:15 PM
I've got to admit, I'm kind of shocked that the team had the gumption to make this move.


I am too but I believe this is an attempt to get our best five OL into the starting lineup.

pancake
05-16-2012, 04:17 PM
If Colon is healthy ( not to mention stay that way) and fully recovered we could have a pair of Probowl quality guards if Decastro is everything as advertised.

STEELAMANIA
05-16-2012, 04:18 PM
you must be Terrell Suggs secretly posting on this board...:chuckle:


LOL I just put that there out of frustration knowing that rollerskates is still on the roster, we need a valueable backup just in case of injury

Steelersfan87
05-16-2012, 04:20 PM
I am too but I believe this is an attempt to get our best five OL into the starting lineup.

Indeed, and this is exactly in line with what they said right after the draft. But I'm still quite surprised. Excited, but very, very surprised. I don't think anybody that really understands the way this organization typically works actually predicted that this would happen this season, because it's certainly not in line with their modus operandi.

steelerchad
05-16-2012, 04:27 PM
This is the move I hoped they'd make as Colon is a better guard than tackle anyway. We should be solid across the board. I'm all for keeping Gilbert at RT. If Adams is ready start him at LT, if not, bring back Max.

I like our starting front like this.
LT- Starks/Adams
LG- Colon
C- Pouncey
RG- DeCastro
RT-Gilbert

2012 could have some kinks to work out, but 2013 this could possibly be one of the stronger lines in the league.

TheVet
05-16-2012, 04:27 PM
I've got to admit, I'm kind of shocked that the team had the gumption to make this move.

I am too but I believe this is an attempt to get our best five OL into the starting lineup.

Yes, that's how I see it. The Steelers are saying that enough is enough, and now we're going to have a real NFL-caliber OL.

But it's also a big bet on Adams. While the starting five looks very solid (I assume that Adams will start after this move), we're left without a quality backup at OT. That's my one concern,

pancake
05-16-2012, 04:33 PM
This is the move I hoped they'd make as Colon is a better guard than tackle anyway. We should be solid across the board. I'm all for keeping Gilbert at RT. If Adams is ready start him at LT, if not, bring back Max.

I like our starting front like this.
LT- Starks/Adams
LG- Colon
C- Pouncey
RG- DeCastro
RT-Gilbert

2012 could have some kinks to work out, but 2013 this could possibly be one of the stronger lines in the league.

I was thinking the same thing.

Atlanta Dan
05-16-2012, 04:37 PM
Willie Colon's move to left guard most likely ends Ramon Foster's tenure as a starting guard...

Until Colon goes back on IR

Steelersfan87
05-16-2012, 04:39 PM
Yes, that's how I see it. The Steelers are saying that enough is enough, and now we're going to have a real NFL-caliber OL.

But it's also a big bet on Adams. While the starting five looks very solid (I assume that Adams will start after this move), we're left without a quality backup at OT. That's my one concern,

Well, they could always move Colon back to RT if there's an injury. There's still a chance that they bring Starks back to replace RollerScott as well, who can play both tackle positions. Training camp should be exciting to watch to see how both tackle positions unfurl, as I imagine it's up in the air right now and depends on who performs and if Starks is brought back.

Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 04:43 PM
one of the articles stated that the OL competition will start out as:

Gilbert - Colon - Pouncey - DeCastro - Adams/Scott

Atlanta Dan
05-16-2012, 04:46 PM
Ed. B. of the P-G explains why this move not being made sooner is something else to be blamed upon the dear departed OC:chuckle:

It's been talked about and balked about for years, and now Willie Colon will move from tackle to guard. Bruce Arians resisted such a move when he was offensive coordinator and it didn’t take long for the switch to be made once he left.

Ed also thinks the tackles will be Gilbert at LT and Adams at RT

Gilbert was ticketed to move to the left side before the draft. If they think Adams is more suited as a left tackle, then there is no reason to move Gilbert at all. Why move him to the left if you’re going to move him back to the right in 2013? However, the knock on Adams is that he’s a better run blocker than a left tackle protector, so the move may be to put Adams on the right side and go ahead with the move of Gilbert to the left. Mike Tomlin said that is Gilbert’s best side anyway

http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/116394-ed-gilbert-still-could-move-to-lt

Steelersfan87
05-16-2012, 04:50 PM
In fairness, who the hell would have played RT if not Colon anyway? They didn't even have anybody else.

I wonder if, assuming the team does not re-sign Starks, they will give Foster an opportunity to compete at RT for this season. He was a tackle in college and he's 6'6", around 330.

Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 05:08 PM
Colon making the switch to guard

Teresa Varley - Steelers.com
May 16, 2012

Steelers’ offensive lineman Willie Colon is back after missing the last two seasons injured, but don’t look for him at tackle.

Colon revealed today that he has been working at the left guard spot, a position where he is likely to be the starter on opening day.

“They moved me to left guard now. I am learning that,” said Colon. “That is a challenge for me. As a tackle you are used to just being an athlete, left on an island. But as a guard I am between the tackle and (Maurkice) Pouncey, the verbiage and how to work with those guys I am learning. When you are in the middle things happen faster. When I am at tackle I have the whole side of the sideline to work with. At guard I am in a box where I have to work faster and react faster. I have to be more aware of calls. On the flip side I get to get after people.

“I am excited to get out there. I know the sky is the limit for us as a line. We have the young kids (David) DeCastro and Mike Adams. The biggest thing that always gets us is the injury bug, but if we can stay strong and healthy we should be the one or two best line in the league.”

The Steelers used their top two draft choices on offensive linemen this year, taking DeCastro, who is projected as a right guard, and Adams, who could start at tackle. And shortly after that, Colon learned of his position change.

“It’s so funny,” said Colon. “Before the draft it was never heard of, I was staying at tackle. We drafted DeCastro and I get a call the next day that we are moving you to guard. I was never against it. It wasn’t something I frowned upon. For me to still be here, still be a Steeler and still have the chance to crack that starting lineup, I am blessed. I just want to compete and be the best that I can be.”

The Steelers begin OTAs on Tuesday, May 22, giving Colon a large portion of the offseason to learn the guard spot.

“I was never against the transition,” said Colon. “The only knock I ever had was if you want me to play guard don’t ask me to play guard week one against Baltimore and I have been playing tackle my whole career. If moving to guard was going to happen, this was the best time for it to happen where I can learn and go through the mistakes and work on my mechanics when I have time, work on it and get better from there.

“Since I have been here people have said Willie if you go to guard you can be All Pro; Willie if you go to guard you can be this. Because I go to guard and have the potential doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. I have to work my tail off to be a good guard at this level.”

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Colon-making-the-switch-to-guard/f072ca01-4774-45a3-b30f-cda6226d2883

TheVet
05-16-2012, 05:16 PM
Well, they could always move Colon back to RT if there's an injury.

They won't want to move Colon back to RT in case of injury. They're trying to get all the players in their most natural positions, and build a stable line. This move would represent a failed gamble.


In fairness, who the hell would have played RT if not Colon anyway? They didn't even have anybody else.
What do you mean? Obviously either Gilbert or Adams. Those guys are true tackles, they're young and healthy, and they're the future. Are you saying who would provide depth other than Colon?

We're really exposed depth-wise if Jonathan Scott is rising to the top. It's enough to make you think about re-signing Starks (uggh), but I think we can do better just by looking around for young castoffs from other teams that have OLs. I do like the idea of giving Foster a chance to convert to OT, although I can't say that I'm very hopeful.

Mostly we better pray for good health at tackle.

pancake
05-16-2012, 05:27 PM
I am so ready for the Steelers to head to camp, so we can see how this OL plays out... It's been awhile since we could get excited about our OL... lol

Steelersfan87
05-16-2012, 06:27 PM
They won't want to move Colon back to RT in case of injury. They're trying to get all the players in their most natural positions, and build a stable line. This move would represent a failed gamble.


What do you mean? Obviously either Gilbert or Adams. Those guys are true tackles, they're young and healthy, and they're the future. Are you saying who would provide depth other than Colon?

We're really exposed depth-wise if Jonathan Scott is rising to the top. It's enough to make you think about re-signing Starks (uggh), but I think we can do better just by looking around for young castoffs from other teams that have OLs. I do like the idea of giving Foster a chance to convert to OT, although I can't say that I'm very hopeful.

Mostly we better pray for good health at tackle.

Of course they don't want to move Colon back to RT, but it's an option should injuries arise. Dale Lolley already mentioned this on his site, in fact.

As for the other thing, I'm talking about in years past, before Gilbert and Adams. Who could have played RT in 2009, for example?

Fire Arians
05-16-2012, 06:52 PM
gilbert and adams are going to battle it out for the LT spot. whoever loses is the RT. let the best man win

TheVet
05-16-2012, 06:57 PM
Of course they don't want to move Colon back to RT, but it's an option should injuries arise. Dale Lolley already mentioned this on his site, in fact.

With all due respect to Dale Lolley, I don't think they'd be willing to do that unless there was an incredible onslaught of injuries. They're getting serious, and moving past their OL chicken-wire and retreads phase.

I'm more concerned about general OT depth, because it sure looks thin to me. Maybe the holes were so deep that they can't be filled all at once. They've done a great job starting from so little.


As for the other thing, I'm talking about in years past, before Gilbert and Adams. Who could have played RT in 2009, for example?
You mean back in the Arians era, specifically the 5 year OL dark ages period? Honestly, most of us are trying to figure how the Rooneys let things get so bad. It's incredible how bad it was - we had essentially no legitimate NFL starters on the OL, and a moron for OC. SuperBowl XLIII was a miracle.

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-16-2012, 07:09 PM
I'm talking about in years past, before Gilbert and Adams. Who could have played RT in 2009, for example?

Trai Essex?? Tony Hills?? Ramon Foster??

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-16-2012, 07:11 PM
I am somewhat shocked. Many have been advocating Colon's move to guard for approx 5 years now, but its never happened until now?? I think its the right move, but several years too late.

Steelersfan87
05-16-2012, 07:11 PM
Nobody is suggesting that that would be their first option, but it is still an option, and must be accounted for when you're talking about the depth at tackle. As it stands right now, the 3rd tackle is presumably the loser of the battle between Mike Adams and Jonathan Scott at RT (which assumes that Adams isn't ready/the team isn't yet comfortable to give him the keys to the LT spot), but Starks could still come back, or they could still sign a FA. Or, as I said earlier, Foster is an option. Trevis Turner is even an option. I think it's fair to say that there are questions at tackle depth, but I would also say that I'm not concerned. In my view, the question is not "where is the answer going to come from" but "which answer available to us will we take". I fully endorse starting Adams at LT or RT, depending on his level of comfort, and bringing Starks back to serve as the swing tackle, allowing them to cut Jonathan Scott (and possibly save a couple bucks in the process). Or somebody like Turner or Foster could win the backup spot and also make Scott expendable.

Steelersfan87
05-16-2012, 07:13 PM
Trai Essex?? Tony Hills?? Ramon Foster??

Would any of these have made the line better? My point was that having Colon at RT was the best option overall for the line for years until now (or last year). This is the first year where it really makes sense to move him. It's not so simple as just "Arians is gone, time to move Colon".

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-16-2012, 08:35 PM
Would any of these have made the line better? My point was that having Colon at RT was the best option overall for the line for years until now (or last year). This is the first year where it really makes sense to move him. It's not so simple as just "Arians is gone, time to move Colon".

Yes it would have. Essex or Hills were natural OT's. Taller prospects that played the outside edge better and had longer arms. Many complained about Colon's false start issues.....its because he needed to anticipate in order to not get beat by pass rushers on the edge.

When Marvel Smith went down in 2007, it was Essex that got the start at LT vs the Colts and the Jaguars because if was felt that Essex was a better pass protector than Starks.

An O line of Essex, Kemo, Hartwig, Colon, Starks in 2009 would have probably better than playing both Essex and Colon out of position at G and OT.

TheVet
05-16-2012, 08:39 PM
Would any of these have made the line better? My point was that having Colon at RT was the best option overall for the line for years until now (or last year). This is the first year where it really makes sense to move him. It's not so simple as just "Arians is gone, time to move Colon".
On the other hand, there's no reason to make it more complicated than it is. If it weren't for Arians, it would have happened long ago - and it should have. It's not as if we had starting-caliber talent at OG or OT; so why not put our one legitimate starting lineman at his natural position, and build from there?

And despite the delayed action, it's made sense to move Arians every year, Enough is enough.

vindrow
05-16-2012, 09:02 PM
IF they start Scott over Adams at OT I will personally fly to Pittsburgh and slap the entire coaching staff with a dead fish.

Also, notice that after they get rid of Arians that they are suddenly making these moves..hmmmmmmmmmmm........

Hawaii 5-0
05-16-2012, 09:14 PM
And despite the delayed action, it's made sense to move Arians every year

:applaudit: :thumbsup:

austinfrench76
05-16-2012, 11:16 PM
Yes!!!! That's all.

Steel_Bus_24
05-16-2012, 11:33 PM
Willie Colon Moving To Left Guard....

:tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02:

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Hawaii 5-0
05-17-2012, 12:37 AM
Steelers Move Colon To Left Guard

May 16, 2012
by ProSportsDaily Staff

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Right tackle Willie Colon is moving to left guard to make room for the Steelers to install to rookie starters in a new-look offensive line.

The makeover slides Colon from right tackle, a position that will initially belong to 2011 second-round pick Marcus Gilbert. Gilbert and rookie second-round pick Mike Adams could flip positions during offseason workouts as offensive coaches evaluate the best mix of talent.

Colon said Wednesday he didn't mind the move, and appreciated the team asked him to change positions with several months to prepare rather than shifting him inside during training camp.

First-round pick David DeCastro is tops on the depth chart at right guard alongside center Maurkice Pouncey.

Colon will be backed up by Doug Legursky, a role that could be vital considering Colon has missed 31 total games since 2009 because of injuries.

Legursky and Ramon Foster, who at 6-6, 325 can also play tackle, will cross-train at multiple positions. Legursky is the primary backup at center to Pouncey and is recovered from a shoulder issue that bothered him last season.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/steelers_move_colon_to_left_guard/10807781

Steelersfan87
05-17-2012, 12:38 AM
Yes it would have. Essex or Hills were natural OT's. Taller prospects that played the outside edge better and had longer arms. Many complained about Colon's false start issues.....its because he needed to anticipate in order to not get beat by pass rushers on the edge.

Essex couldn't even retain his RG job (except for being the de facto starter in 2009 after Darnell Stapleton was injured) and Hills never did anything ever against anybody that was a starter. It's ridiculous to insist that this scenario would have made for a better line. Many people complained about Colon's false start issues...but they were heavily exaggerated. Also, all tackles false start because they are anticipating pass rushers on the edge and are trying to not get beat. That is hardly a unique factor of his body makeup.

An O line of Essex, Kemo, Hartwig, Colon, Starks in 2009 would have probably better than playing both Essex and Colon out of position at G and OT.

Colon is not "out of position" at RT. Don't say ridiculous things. He's never even played guard, so to say that playing tackle is "out of position" is gibberish. Essex is one of the more flexible linemen in the league in terms of skill set and size, so he doesn't really have a set position. Let's not forget that he didn't even start off as a lineman in college.

Bottom line, Colon was the best option at RT while he was the starter there, and there was no good opportunity to move him inside. Essex and Hills circa 2007-2010 were decided inferior talents and would have made the line worse if one of them forced Colon inside.

On the other hand, there's no reason to make it more complicated than it is. If it weren't for Arians, it would have happened long ago - and it should have. It's not as if we had starting-caliber talent at OG or OT; so why not put our one legitimate starting lineman at his natural position, and build from there?

That's a highly speculative claim. As I've been arguing, up until now there was not a very good opportunity to move Colon inside because there wasn't a great candidate to plug in at RT. That also ignores the fact that Colon himself is a pretty damn good right tackle as it is. So to say that it was only Arians keeping the move from happening...I don't find that it holds much weight, just because it just so happened to happen now after he wasn't retained. But what also happened was drafting 4 linemen in the first 2 rounds in the last 3 drafts. And as I said to Mr. Jackson above, it's unfair to call Colon "out of position" when he played his entire career dating back at least through all of college, if not through high school and before, at a right tackle. He may be 6'3", but his position is still his position. And he was good there. It's not like he was floundering at RT and needed to move just so he could be decent. There really wouldn't have been much benefit to moving him before.

bornaSteelersfan
05-17-2012, 12:50 AM
I think our worries over back-up tackles have been partially allayed by a new player that was drafted. I know he was the very last player we drafted, but he did play left tackle for SMU. Kelvin Beachum is more equipped as a guard, but with his prior training, he may be a good back-up as tackle. He also was listed as a tackle in rookie camp.

Hawaii 5-0
05-17-2012, 02:33 AM
Willie Colon moving to left guard

Posted by Josh Alper on May 16, 2012

http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/williecolonlosangelesangelsanaheimvjdgaki_kiqll.jp g?w=250

Willie Colon restructured his deal to remain with the Steelers, but that’s not the only move he’s making this offseason.

Colon said Wednesday that he is now playing left guard for Pittsburgh. He looked like the presumptive favorite to start at right tackle, but Colon’s size has long made him a candidate to kick inside.

“I’ve made the transition to left guard,” Colon said, via Mike Prisuta of WDVE. “I like it. It’s just a matter of learning the verbiage.”

The drafting of Mike Adams likely put this plan into motion for the Steelers. They had Adams working at left tackle during the rookie minicamp and will likely give him every chance to win the spot this summer. Marcus Gilbert would be the other choice and would likely move to the right side if the team feels Adams is up to the task. With first-round pick David DeCastro penciled in as the starting right guard, it looks like the Steelers offensive line is going to look very different when the start of next season rolls around.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/16/willie-colon-moving-to-left-guard/

Hawaii 5-0
05-17-2012, 02:58 AM
Steelers Willie Colon Moves To Left Guard. Good Move?

May 16th, 2012 by CraigSteelers

If I can be brutally honest for a moment – my mouth nearly hit the floor when I read today that Steelers right tackle Willie Colon will be moving to left guard. That paints a pretty clear picture for what this Steelers offensive line will be like, and it’s one that I did not expect to see until another year or two out. If Colon was to move, my bet would have been to left tackle. But is it a good move?

The move to left guard means that 2nd year man Marcus Gilbert will stay at right tackle – a position he filled in at pretty much the entirety of his rookie season when Colon ripped his triceps. Gilbert filled in very nicely except for the behavioral problem near the end of the season when he missed a team meeting and was benched the following Sunday for it. Obviously rookie right guard David DeCastro will start at right guard. DeCastro is known for his ability to pull, and as Colon stated in an interview today, this will help keep the line balanced in who can pull – Colon at left guard or DeCastro on the right. Pouncey will continue to fill in the middle, and hopefully will be able to finish out an entire season from Week 1 right up to hoisting up that Lombardi (yeah I went there).

The move of Colon all sounds fine until you begin to look at who know starts at left tackle. Even after the draft and the Steelers acquiring Ohio State tackle Mike Adams many figured that Colon would take the left tackle spot and let Adams ease his way into the lineup. Now that Colon is no longer an option, who goes there? Adams is a logical choice, but do the Steelers really put two rookies on an offensive line at the start of the season?

The Steelers first three opponents before a Week 4 bye (gag) all have defenses that were ranked poorly in overall defense and under 45 sacks for the season. The Broncos and Jets drafted some defensive linemen in the first round but are they significant enough acquisitions that could add as a threat to the wall around Big Ben?

Things look to be on the up and up for Adams having a real shot at starting at left tackle at the beginning of his rookie season. Seems like most of that hinges upon whether the Steelers decide to sign Max Starks for one more season. All of us here at NPC agree that Starks would benefit on multiple levels were he to return – he can be added competition to push Adams during camp, he can mentor Adams, he could be a great backup (if you haven’t noticed injuries on the Steelers offensive line are about as frequent as pimples on a 13 year old boy), AND he can help keep Ben ‘happy’ as the offense transition under OC Haley’s new system.

I think the move is a bold one and a good one at that. It shows that the Steelers have a large amount of confidence in Mike Adams and believe he will be the guy to eventually start this season if not immediately. The idea of having too rooks on the line at the same time makes me a little uneasy, but seriously, could it be any worse than it was the last two/three/four seasons? The stage is set for something awesome.

And don’t forget that there are some solid backups waiting on the sidelines in Legursky and Essex. And so long Jonathan Scott!

LT LG C RG RT
Adams Colon Pouncey DeCastro Gilbert

Gets the heart racing just looking at it, doesn’t it? Expect good no wait great things this season brother and sisters of Steeler Nation. The offense will come to life in a way we haven’t seen in a … well…. perhaps ever. It could even be as early as this season. Can’t you just hear the crunch of those pads already?

http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/05/16/steelers-willie-colon-moves-to-left-guard-good-move/

Rick5895
05-17-2012, 06:14 AM
gilbert and adams are going to battle it out for the LT spot. whoever loses is the RT. let the best man win

You may be right, but I hope they decide who plays where before camp and let them work the kinks out. I would rather see Adams at LT and Gilbert at RT and have them take the snaps there rather than split snaps at LT with the "winner " staying at LT. As much as talent (and it appears we are getting very talented) continuity is very important and those reps during camp will help make them a cohesive unit.

Either way, though, this is going to make for a very dominant line, if not at the start of 2012, for the future.

Kingmagyar
05-17-2012, 07:15 AM
I think our worries over back-up tackles have been partially allayed by a new player that was drafted. I know he was the very last player we drafted, but he did play left tackle for SMU. Kelvin Beachum is more equipped as a guard, but with his prior training, he may be a good back-up as tackle. He also was listed as a tackle in rookie camp.

Kelvin Beachum had 19 bench reps at his pro day (and that is very bad for a switch to guard, 30 being the norm) and his other numbers are way down as well. He has a great heart and is intelligent but if he makes the team I would be hugely surprised.

Kingmagyar
05-17-2012, 07:18 AM
Max Starks is the best insurance policy the Steelers could get for their offensive line.

Curtain_of_Steel
05-17-2012, 08:10 AM
Shocker, all the nay sayers adamanet on how Adam being to small to start and needs to beef up and get stronger.
I guess we are moving Colon so we could put Legursky there? Wrong.

As I said it day 1, Adams will be the starter.

I agree King, if they could get some security with Starks and no more than vets min, he would be a good policy to have.

tony hipchest
05-17-2012, 10:27 AM
this move makes sense and definitely shows the coaching staff's philosophy change since art rooney told them to start getting production from the rookies, 3 drafts ago.

hell, under the cowher regime m. pouncey may not have started until last year, and gilbert would still be waiting for colon or starks to retire to win the starting job.

if art is going to approve the selection of 2 linemen in the 1st 2 rounds he certainly wants to see them contributing in protecting ben and improving the run game sooner rather than later. kudos to colon who seems receptive to the switch. he could very well excell and join pouncey in the pro bowl if he puts in the work.

"I'm not taking any credit for it," he said the other day.

The humility was pure Rooney, but the man really does deserve your applause. You might remember it was Rooney who told the Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette after last season that the Steelers needed to get more production from their young players -- and get it sooner rather than later. I'm thinking there's nothing quite like a firm nudge from the boss to start things moving.
Tomlin and director of football operations Kevin Colbert did their part in April by putting together a strong draft class. From No. 1 pick Maurkice Pouncey to No. 6 pick Anthony Brown, five rookies have made significant contributions to that terrific record. It's hard to say the 2010 draft class will turn out to be the Steelers' best class of the decade


http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/ron-cook/cook-rooney-ii-rookies-key-factors-278278/

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-17-2012, 11:10 AM
Many pre draft scouts and teams had Colon slated to move inside to guard in 2006, due to his relatively short stature and short arms. He was basically the same size as Kendall Simmons, who also played OT at Auburn and moved to guard in the NFL.

The fact that Simmons, Kemo were already at Guard is why Colon stayed at RT. IMO he has always been an active, aggressive, high motor guy that plays well, but was not in the ideal position to succeed in the NFL. Hopefully he has regained health and can thrive at guard.

Colon is already more athletic of an option than Foster and more of a mauler than Legursky. Great to see him move inside.

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-17-2012, 11:12 AM
Shocker, all the nay sayers adamanet on how Adam being to small to start and needs to beef up and get stronger.
I guess we are moving Colon so we could put Legursky there? Wrong.

As I said it day 1, Adams will be the starter.

I agree King, if they could get some security with Starks and no more than vets min, he would be a good policy to have.

I think that Adams needs to have an amazing preseason to be the starter at LT. I have no problem if he were to start at RT, because that position is more forgiving. I just dont see him starting at LT right away.

kan_t
05-17-2012, 12:53 PM
My take:

1) It means the Steelers are optimistic to Starks' recovery and are confident that he can start from Day 1.

2) Gilbert will stay at RT.

Steelersfan87
05-17-2012, 01:44 PM
Colon is already more athletic of an option than Foster and more of a mauler than Legursky. Great to see him move inside.

I can't wait to see him pull for the first time.

I think that Adams needs to have an amazing preseason to be the starter at LT. I have no problem if he were to start at RT, because that position is more forgiving. I just dont see him starting at LT right away.

I agree with this. It's certainly far from a foregone that Adams is destined to start at LT this season. Just because the Steelers moved Colon doesn't mean that Mike Adams has already answered all of the questions surrounding him, including his strength. Obviously it's a possibility, but as you said, he really would have to have a superlative offseason and preseason to earn that spot. The thing about him starting at RT though would be putting him next to a fellow rookie. If that ends up being the case, it will be interesting to see a line with a LT that played RT last year, a LG that was a RT, and a right side that is all rookies, with one playing where he never played before.

Edman
05-17-2012, 02:12 PM
You mean back in the Arians era, specifically the 5 year OL dark ages period? Honestly, most of us are trying to figure how the Rooneys let things get so bad. It's incredible how bad it was - we had essentially no legitimate NFL starters on the OL, and a moron for OC. SuperBowl XLIII was a miracle.

Ben being clutch and a world-class Defense won Super Bowl XLIII. It certainly was a miracle. The 2008 Steelers did it the old fashioned way with a subpar Offense.

TheVet
05-17-2012, 03:22 PM
That's a highly speculative claim. As I've been arguing, up until now ...

Peace, Dodens, :drink: My hopes are very high, and I do believe that you'll wind up liking it too.

I'm just happy that the Rooneys are moving decisively to fix all these offensive problems that have lingered over the past five years (OC and OL). To me, this has been a huge weakness in an otherwise great team, but it's OK if you and others see it differently. But I'm just happy that the Rooneys have been seeing what I've been seeing. :thumbsup:

TheVet
05-17-2012, 03:46 PM
this move makes sense and definitely shows the coaching staff's philosophy change since art rooney told them to start getting production from the rookies, 3 drafts ago.

hell, under the cowher regime m. pouncey may not have started until last year, and gilbert would still be waiting for colon or starks to retire to win the starting job.

if art is going to approve the selection of 2 linemen in the 1st 2 rounds he certainly wants to see them contributing in protecting ben and improving the run game sooner rather than later. kudos to colon who seems receptive to the switch. he could very well excell and join pouncey in the pro bowl if he puts in the work.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/ron-cook/cook-rooney-ii-rookies-key-factors-278278/

Excellent points.

Plus, the OL is the ideal place to begin putting this philosophy into action. We really don't have anything to lose by starting our promising rookie linemen at their most natural positions. It's not as if we have other NFL-caliber regular starters as options. Our best five - Adams/Colon/Pouncey/DeCastro/Gilbert - could be very good on the upside, even potentially great. And even after all this, we still have a problem with depth. We were really in the scrap heap for a long time.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Rooney.

Hawaii 5-0
05-17-2012, 04:10 PM
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

Colon moving to LG

In a move that has been talked about for years by fans, the Steelers have told Willie Colon that he will move inside to left guard.

Colon has missed most of the past two seasons with injuries, so the move makes some sense. The team has drafted offensive tackles Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams in the second round of the past two drafts and with Colon being a question mark in terms of his injury past, they've got to get the young guys as many snaps as possible.

If, for example, Adams doesn't work out at left tackle, they can always move Colon back out to right tackle and move Gilbert over to the left side - though he might not have the feet to make such a move. Last year's starter, Max Starks, is also still a free agent, so there is also the possibility that he could be brought back as well if Adams struggles.

The move of Colon to left guard would give the Steelers a potential line of, from left to right, Adams, Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, rookie David DeCastro and Gilbert.

That line certainly has some pedigree, but it would be foolish not to expect some rookie struggles from Adams, who was inconsistent at Ohio State.

posted by Dale Lolley

http://www.observer-reporter.com/or/sidelines/

Steelersfan87
05-17-2012, 07:59 PM
Excellent points.

Plus, the OL is the ideal place to begin putting this philosophy into action. We really don't have anything to lose by starting our promising rookie linemen at their most natural positions. It's not as if we have other NFL-caliber regular starters as options. Our best five - Adams/Colon/Pouncey/DeCastro/Gilbert - could be very good on the upside, even potentially great. And even after all this, we still have a problem with depth. We were really in the scrap heap for a long time.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Rooney.

I would consider Legursky and Foster above average backups, especially considering their starting experience and (if Foster is given some reps at tackle) versatility. Essex is also highly versatile, performed admirably at center against the Rams last year, and is in the best shape this year of his pro career. The only blip on the depth chart is Scott, and he may be replaced with Starks, Trevis Turner, or possibly Kelvin Beachum.

tony hipchest
05-17-2012, 08:06 PM
im lovin our OL depth going into the season. it should be the best in years, going back to vincent, okolbi, ross? et al.

TheVet
05-17-2012, 09:40 PM
I do like Legursky. Despite physical limitations, he brings effort and desire, and he plays with lots of heart. He's flexible and smart, he's an overachiever. I also like Foster for depth, good flexibility, very workmanlike.

As for Essex, uggh. All I can ever remember seeing is whiffled blocks, jailbreaks to the left, jailbreaks to the right, and jailbreaks right through him. I hate watching him turn around to see what just ran past him.

Hawaii 5-0
05-18-2012, 01:58 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers News Bulletin: Offensive Line Transition

by Neal Coolong on May 17, 2012

I find it ironic that the amount of in-game and pre-game fluctuation among the offensive line was one of the reasons behind the justified savagery of the Steelers offensive line. Yet, the transfer of Willie Colon three spots west of where he used to be (and essentially hasn't played) has gotten Steeler Nation so excited. I'm excited as well, but looking down the road, it's worth considering the bigger picture and the message being sent.

Is it the "Anything's Better" argument, or does the chlorophyll shimmering from afar appear to give off a deeper green hue? I wrote no pro offensive lineman should struggle much with a position change, at least from a mental perspective, if he's given adequate time to learn the terminology and movement. Training camp should be plenty of time. Flozell Adams didn't need much time to learn right tackle, after having played for like 38 years at left tackle with a different team. Reason suggests Colon will handle the transition just fine.

And if it doesn't work? The Steelers have now invested two first round picks (C Maurkice Pouncey and RG David DeCastro) and two second round picks (LT Marcus Gilbert and potential RT Mike Adams) in their offensive line.

If they are not one of the three best offensive lines in the game by the end of next season, heads have to roll, don't they? Maybe it's the head of offensive line coach Sean Kugler. Maybe it's offensive coordinator Todd Haley's, or head coach Mike Tomlin's.

I'm only bringing it up because Post-Gazette writer Ed Bouchette had mentioned via Twitter on Wednesday he felt current Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt was the best offensive coordinator the Steelers had (or did I read that wrong? I didn't see his column, just the tweet). Russ Grimm was the offensive line coach (and candidate to replace Bill Cowher before the job went to Tomlin).

The offensive line those guys had, in 2005 in particular, was excellent, especially when we look at it retrospectively. OTs Marvel Smith and Max Starks, Gs Alan Faneca and Kendall Simmons (he started that year, didn't he?) and C Jeff Hartings are comparable as a unit in terms of draft picks invested (three 1sts, a second and a third) to what Pittsburgh has today but I'll challenge you to go back and watch a game from 2005 and tell me you aren't shocked with how good they were as a unit. That kind of thing doesn't happen overnight.

Or maybe I'm just seeing a decent offensive line, and comparing it to what we've had recently.

Either way, the bar is set pretty high, and with a position unit that relies heavily on cohesion and trust, it's currently in a state of massive transition, and it's going to take a helluva coaching job to make it work. Not saying it won't, but let's not think this line will automatically dominate.

Maybe I should just have a few beers and think about it.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/5/17/3026739/Pittsburgh-steelers-news-willie-colon-david-decastro-cameron-heyward-ziggy-hood#storyjump

Steelersfan87
05-18-2012, 02:41 AM
I do like Legursky. Despite physical limitations, he brings effort and desire, and he plays with lots of heart. He's flexible and smart, he's an overachiever. I also like Foster for depth, good flexibility, very workmanlike.

As for Essex, uggh. All I can ever remember seeing is whiffled blocks, jailbreaks to the left, jailbreaks to the right, and jailbreaks right through him. I hate watching him turn around to see what just ran past him.

If you could, you should try to re-watch the Rams game. I believe those were his first snaps ever in a real game at center, and he did well. He did better than Legursky did at center in Denver...

Hawaii 5-0
05-18-2012, 02:13 PM
Eau-de-Colonin’

By Mike Prisuta - SteelCityInsider.net
Posted May 16, 2012

http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/106/1068438.jpg

Even though it's been an oft-discussed move in the past, Willie Colon told SCI's Mike Prisuta it's "definitely a move for the future." Read all about Colon moving to left guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It had to happen sooner or later.

After all, the position shift information that Willie Colon volunteered on Wednesday, specifically his move from right tackle to left guard, is one that has been speculated upon since Colon’s arrival in Pittsburgh. It’s a move the Chicago Bears had been prepared to make less than a year ago when they pursued Colon as a free agent.

Better late than never.

It’s all about getting the best five offensive linemen on the field.

The Steelers have long said as much.

Since draft day they’ve apparently committed themselves to doing something about it.

“There’s a lot of money on the line, definitely,” Colon said, acknowledging a potential fivesome that would include two No. 1 picks (Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro), two No. 2 picks (Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams) and the guy the Steelers paid handsomely not to go to Chicago.

“It’s definitely a move for the future,” Colon continued. “As Ben (Roethlisberger) gets older we definitely have to keep him upright. There’s been so much talk about his sacks that he’s been taking over the years. Whether it’s from him holding the ball or from us just not protecting well; he’s brought two championships here.

“We need to get some more. We need to bring some more back to the city and he’s definitely the guy that’s more than capable of doing it. But if we don’t keep him upright and throwing and doing what he does best it’s going to be a turbulent road for us.”

As intriguing an element in all of this as the Colon position shift is obvious to some of us is the migration of Colon to left guard rather than right guard.

Chris Kemoeatu’s old position was always perceived as the pulling guard position. And DeCastro, the No. 1 pick from Stanford, was the NCAA’s premier pulling guard last season. And Colon played tackle for as long as he did, in part, because departed OC Bruce Arians never thought Colon could pull.

“I disagree (that Arians thought that) because we had a play called ‘Tonto’ where I pulled (from right tackle),” Colon argued. “He wouldn’t call it a lot but at least it was in the playbook. That was enough for me.

“It was an option.”

It’ll be much more for new OC Todd Haley.

“They have me pulling,” Colon confirmed. “They have me moving. I think it’s going to go both ways. I think we’re going to be a lot more balanced this year. You should expect both of us (Colon and DeCastro) pulling. It should be good.

“I think we’re definitely going to run the ball a lot more. Coach Haley is coming in with the mindset that we’re going to be a lot more balanced team. Obviously, we have great receivers, everybody knows that. We have a great quarterback. But I also feel like we have a real physical line and we have great running backs.

“For us to be balanced I think you can expect a lot more play-action, a lot more of us flat getting after guys up front.”

Three-fifths of the O-line is now coming into focus, Colon at left guard, Pouncey at center and DeCastro at right guard.

“As of now that’s what it looks like, yes,” Colon said.

The status of the tackles remains unresolved. Does Gilbert stay at right tackle or shift to left?

Does Adams’ future as the Steelers’ left tackle of the future commence next week?

“I don’t really know the rotation (at tackle) right now,’ Colon said.

He knows this much: He’s going to guard willingly.

“I like it,” he said. “It’s just a matter of me learning the verbiage and learning where I need to be to make this line better.

“My only issue I would have had was, ‘Don’t move me to left guard midway through (training) camp.’ I pride myself on being a mechanic and a technician. So if it was to happen do it right now when I have the time to learn and go through my mechanics.

“(The Steelers) honored that. I got the call right after the draft after we picked up DeCastro that I was going to move to guard. I have no problems with it. I’m taking it well. I like being there.

“The Bears wanted me as a guard. Since I’ve been here there’s always been speculation about me moving to guard. I’m not 6-foot-6 or 6-7. I’m just 6-3; big back, barrel chest, typical guard frame. I’ve never been against it. All I wanted was the time to learn the position.”

OTAs just got a whole lot more interesting.

http://pit.scout.com/2/1187090.html

TheVet
05-18-2012, 05:53 PM
If you could, you should try to re-watch the Rams game. I believe those were his first snaps ever in a real game at center, and he did well. He did better than Legursky did at center in Denver...
Even the blind squirrel occasionally finds the acorn. I'm more interested in his overall body of work. When you notice a guy getting burned repeatedly - toasted so badly that he actually stands out on one of the league's worst OLs - that's discouraging. I read that he dropped some weight and got into super shape this offseason. Maybe that will help, but I hope we don't need to find out.

Hawaii 5-0
05-18-2012, 06:01 PM
Even the blind squirrel occasionally finds the acorn. I'm more interested in his overall body of work. When you notice a guy getting burned repeatedly - toasted so badly that he actually stands out on one of the league's worst OLs - that's discouraging. I read that he dropped some weight and got into super shape this offseason. Maybe that will help, but I hope we don't need to find out.


since Essex can play every position on the OL he does provide good position flexibility, but let's hope that will always be as a backup and not as a starter.

VTsteel
05-19-2012, 08:34 AM
I'm glad Colon's moving back to guard. We had been trying to make him a tackle and that just wasn't a proper fit. He was a guard at Hofstra.

Trying to place that square peg in the round hole was forced by a lack af better linemen . . . hopefully Gilbert and Adams prove themselves worthy and Colon can stay at a position he is more naturally suited for.

Here's to the potential for a very good line protecting our QB this year.

Steelersfan87
05-19-2012, 03:59 PM
Actually he's never played guard. He was a right tackle at Hofstra, as he was here. :noidea:

MasterOfPuppets
05-19-2012, 04:32 PM
I'm glad Colon's moving back to guard. We had been trying to make him a tackle and that just wasn't a proper fit. He was a guard at Hofstra.

Trying to place that square peg in the round hole was forced by a lack af better linemen . . . hopefully Gilbert and Adams prove themselves worthy and Colon can stay at a position he is more naturally suited for.

Here's to the potential for a very good line protecting our QB this year.

http://www.funnyforumpics.com/forums/Red-X/2/red_x_mark.jpg

wrong...he was a starting right tackle for 3 years at hofstra ...has never played guard..

Russ Grimm
RE: Willie Colon, Hofstra
Offensive Tackle
4th Round – 131st Overall
Can he play both the guard and tackle positions?

Russ Grimm: He should be able to. He has enough athletic ability. He strictly played right tackle at Hofstra. He's both. We'll start him out as a tackle and go from there.

pancake
05-19-2012, 04:38 PM
Actually he's never played guard. He was a right tackle at Hofstra, as he was here. :noidea:

That's what I was thinking too...

Hawaii 5-0
05-19-2012, 08:07 PM
Let’s Get Reacquainted With Willie Colon

Saturday, May 19th, 2012 by Jeremy Hritz


With everybody looking to Willie Colon to provide a major upgrade at the left guard position for the 2012 season, it is appropriate to get reacquainted with the player who has been sidelined the last two seasons.

Born April 9, 1983, Colon is a 29 year old from the Bronx, NY who attended Cardinal Hayes High School where he played football, basketball, and ran track. On the football field for Cardinal Hayes, Colon starred on the defensive line and earned the team’s Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year Award as a senior, recording 12 sacks. Coming out of high school, Colon made the selfless decision to attend Hofstra University so that he could be close to his mother who suffers from Lupus so that he could care for her. At Hofstra, a now defunct I-AA program, Colon made the shift to the offensive tackle and was a three year starter that earned All-Conference and All-American honors his senior season.

Leading up to the NFL Draft, Colon was projected as a late round prospect who possessed the nastiness, physical stature, and power to develop into an eventual starter. The sentiment at the time from many draftniks was that Colon was best suited to kick inside at guard, something that was finally made a reality this past week.

In the 2006 NFL Draft, the Steelers selected Colon in the fourth round with the 131st pick. In his first year with the Steelers, he started the final two games of the season at right tackle against Baltimore and Cincinnati. For three consecutive years following 2006, Colon started every game at right tackle, including the 2008 season that culminated with a Super Bowl Championship. If there is a red mark on Colon’s game, it is on his tendency to get flagged for holding and false starts, something that progressively improved as he gained experience.

Unfortunately in 2010, Colon experienced what would be the first of back to back injuries with a torn Achilles tendon, which sidelined him for the entire year. In 2011, Colon stepped back into the starting lineup at right tackle in week one against Baltimore only to suffer a torn triceps, which again sidelined him for the entire season (this coming after he had signed a five year extension in the summer for 29 million).

Equipped with the experience of 51 starts at right tackle, Colon will attempt to take his know-how and his bag of tricks to left guard. After the draft last month, Colon was notified of his position switch, a change that he seems satisfied with: “I like it. It’s just a matter of learning the verbiage,” Colon stated in an interview with Mike Prisuta.

The clamor for Colon to move to guard has been loud, and finally, it has been silenced. While the popular belief has been that he is best suited to play guard, his effectiveness at the position has yet to be seen. There seems to be a misconception that playing an interior line position is simpler than tackle and that Colon’s shift will be without stumbles; however, let’s temper our enthusiasm until we see Colon pull a few times.

Colon has experienced great misfortune the past two years, and the time that he has spent on the sidelines watching his team go a collective 24-8 was probably just as painful as the injuries he suffered. A fiery competitor, no doubt Colon is eager to get back on the field and help improve what has been a weak offensive line, regardless of where he lines up.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/05/lets-get-reacquainted-with-willie-colon/

VTsteel
05-20-2012, 10:43 AM
Actually he's never played guard. He was a right tackle at Hofstra, as he was here. :noidea:

Maybe I am wrong . . . I could've sworn he was listed as a guard at Hofstra - Maybe not though.

Well, if I was wrong - It wasn't even the first time yesterday :wink02:

Hawaii 5-0
05-22-2012, 02:48 PM
MarkKaboly_Trib via twitter:

Colon about guard being more suited to his mauling-style play "I'm going to kick (butt) regardless, it doesn't matter what position I am in"

https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=MarkKaboly_Trib

Hawaii 5-0
05-23-2012, 10:12 PM
Steelers' Colon welcomes position switch

Wed May 23, 2012.
By Mike Bires

http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/timesonline.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/24/d2474b7c-6e12-5564-8345-59db84103d45/4fbd977516b13.preview-300.jpg

Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon pauses on the first day of organized training activities on Tuesday.

PITTSBURGH — Willie Colon has no problem moving from tackle to guard. In fact, he embraces the switch.

“I will kick ass regardless,” he said Tuesday after the first of 10 Steelers’ OTAs this spring. “Whatever position I play, I will be aggressive. That’s my temperament. That’s what it is.”

Colon started every game at right tackle from 2007-09. But he missed the 2010 season after tearing his Achilles’ tendon during an off-season workout. He missed most of last season after tearing his triceps in the opener at Baltimore.

The Steelers decided to move Colon to guard after taking Ohio State tackle Mike Adams, who’s 6-foot-7 and 323 pounds, in the second round of this year’s draft.

At 6-3 and 315 pounds, Colon has a physique that may be better suited at guard.

“I knew (the change) was coming,” he said. “You keeping hearing that it might happen. It’s coming from somewhere. It’s not that I wasn’t a good tackle. They just figure I can be a great guard.”

Colon is expected to start at left guard, the position Chris Keomeatu played for most of the past four years.

The Steelers cut Kemoeatu in March.

If Adams proves he can handle the job, the Steelers’ offensive line this year could be Adams at left tackle, Colon at left guard, Maurkice Pouncey at center, rookie first-round draft pick David DeCastro at right guard and Marcus Gilbert at right tackle.

DeCastro, an All-American from Stanford, and Adams aren’t able to attend OTAs because they’re still taking classes in college.

http://www.timesonline.com/sports/steelers/colon-welcomes-position-switch/article_7cb7fff5-ad14-5e59-b5c1-423f91219e17.html

Hawaii 5-0
05-25-2012, 10:03 PM
Steelers' Pouncey says Colon will do well at guard

By Dan Hanzus
May 25, 2012

It's a time of transition for the Pittsburgh Steelers, both in terms of personnel and strategy.

This is no different along the offensive line. Willie Colon is healthy after missing the majority of last season with a torn triceps muscle. A tackle for his entire NFL career, the Steelers are planning to move him inside to guard.

Maurkice Pouncey, the third-year center who serves as the line's anchor, has no doubt Colon will handle the change in scenery.

"I think it's going to be a great transition for him, and he'll probably be one of the best guards in the league right now," Pouncey told WTZN-FM in Pittsburgh (via SportsRadioInterviews.com). "He's working really hard on his technique right now, he's a big guy to move guys out of there, and I’m happy he’s right there next to me."

There's been plenty of speculation about how the Steelers' offense will operate next season now that the run-happy Todd Haley has replaced Bruce Arians as offensive coordinator. Many expect a more balanced approach with a dedicated approach to the ground game. Pouncey hasn't seen big changes in the updated playbook.

"Different terminology, but all the stuff is kind of similar," he said. "We just got to get used to different verbiage."

We'd be interested to know if Ben Roethlisberger shares the same opinion.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82958392/article/steelers-pouncey-says-colon-will-do-well-at-guard

Steelersfan87
05-27-2012, 02:16 AM
On the Steelers: Guard duty not a hassle for Colon
May 27, 2012 12:00 am
By Ray Fittipaldo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For years, Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon heard the chatter about a position change. And, even though former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians repeatedly shot down the speculation, Colon knew someday he would be making the switch from right tackle to guard.

"I knew it was coming," Colon said. "You hear it enough, it's coming from somewhere."

Sure enough, after Arians was relieved of his duties and the team drafted highly regarded tackle prospect Mike Adams from Ohio State with their second pick last month, Colon received the phone call from new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Effective immediately, Colon was starting at left guard.

"[The speculation] was always that I was a good tackle; they just figured I'd be a great guard," said Colon, a fourth-round draft pick from Hofstra in 2006. "I was never against it. All I asked was that if it happened, it happened now and not in August. They honored that."

This is the first time Colon has played guard at any level. He was strictly a tackle in high school and college and for his first six seasons as a professional. Not only is Colon moving from the right side of the line to the left, where different footwork is involved, but guards have to possess a more complete knowledge of the offense.

Tackles usually block defensive ends by themselves, or with assists from tight ends or fullbacks. They don't have to know much about the intricacies of the line's interior play. As a guard, Colon must have an ability to read linebackers and safeties. He must know what his center and the other guard are doing on every play because they work together on combination blocks. He'll have to react much more quickly and make more split-second decisions because he is playing closer to the ball.

Colon was able to work out the kinks in the first week of organized team activities last week. After each practice, he put in extra work with veteran lineman Trai Essex, who has played tackle, guard and center in the league over the past eight years.

"Physically, it won't be a problem," Essex said of Colon. "He already is a road-grader. That's his forte. That's who he is.

"The mental part will be challenging. This is a crucial time for him, and he's taking advantage of it. When he knows what he's doing, he moves anyone out of there. He'll be an asset to our offensive line at guard."

Colon also has been leaning heavily on All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey.

"Pouncey is a genius when it comes to the Xs and Os," Colon said. "Obviously, he's a stud on the field. I try to learn from him as fast as I can. He'll tell me different things on and off the field to help me pick it up faster. It's all about jelling. This is what OTAs are all about.

"When August comes, we're not having this conversation. We're just hitting the ground running. It's a great time for us to learn and get better."

Colon hasn't played much in recent seasons. He injured a triceps in the opener against Baltimore last year and was placed on injured reserve. In '10, he missed the entire season with an Achilles tendon injury.

Here's how much has changed in that time: The last time he played a full season, he was the young guy on a veteran line. Now. he'll be the elder statesman on a young line loaded with high draft picks.

Pouncey is entering his third season. First-round pick David DeCastro is expected to nail down the starting job at right guard in training camp. Marcus Gilbert is entering his second season after becoming the starting right tackle last season, and Adams is the likely starter at left tackle, unless Essex beats him out.

"I'm not a fan of what could be or potential," Colon said. "We have to be able to jell together and work together and do what we have to do to be a great line. We obviously have the potential, but, if we don't get it done, it doesn't mean anything."

Hawaii 5-0
05-31-2012, 02:40 AM
“320 lbs of Educated Big Nasty”

by CRAIG WOLFLEY on MAY 29, 2012

The Steelers have finally moved Willie Colon to guard. After seven years in the league, i think Willie has been expecting this move for a while as it seems Willie and i have talked about a possible move to guard ever since he came to the Burgh.

I chatted up the “320lbs of educated Big Nasty” when he came to the Light of Life “Walk For the Homeless.” He was very enthusiastic about the move to guard and the prospects of lining up next to his good bud Maurkice Pouncey.

It was great, first of all having Willie on board as a special guest at the walk because unlike his on-field demeanor, he is very fan-friendly. Secondly, Willie has always held a special spot in my heart because he plays the game like it was meant to be played. Big Willie asks no quarter and gives no quarter.

Too, let it be known that i’ve always secretly rooted for the under-sized guys. The frustration that i used to feel from post-workout interviews with scouts in my senior year at Syracuse University after they would casually mention, ”If you were just an inch or two taller…”

But yes i do like the move, however deep down my gullet isn’t totally convinced that it’s a done deal.

Prior to back-to-back season ending injuries Colon was heading for Hawaii in my most humble opinion. Despite his lack of heigth and arm-length, Willie had learned to time his grappling-punch correctly and combined with excellent footwork, he’d position himself to use his low center of gravity to frustrate would-be sackers.

Willie was never a classic punch and move guy in the tradition of Larry Brown, Jon Kolb and Tunch Ilkin. Colon pass protected like a guard playing tackle. He used his quick feet on his kick-step (notice i said quick, not fast-there is a difference) to mirror and ultimately force a pass-rusher to come to him at a bad angle.

It’s kind’a like King Leonidas and his Spartan warriors forcing the superior Persian army to battle at the “Hot Gates” of Thermopylae. The Persians couldn’t do what they do best because the Spartans and their Phalanx battle formation along with a narrow passage way forced the Persians into close-quarter-combat. So the Persians had to pay the price and go right down the middle.

That’s how Willie survives on the edge in pass pro. Quick feet that keep him in a postion of power, not biting on the trickeration tactics (head and body fakes, stagger-sprint footwork etc.) that a superior athlete might throw at him out on the edge, but patiently biding his time mirroring his opponents movements until the taller, faster, better athlete HAD to come into the Hot Gates of Willie and his massively muscled upper body. And that meant they had to fight their way through the center of Colon, not the edge.

To play in this style takes a certain amount of bravado, guts and determination, not to mention a “willingness to ruthlessness.” One has to be supremely confident in his abilities to throwdown with anybody physically, rather than to out-superior a man with technique.

If you like to watch boxing, look how few boxers like to sit in the pocket and have at it. Rather than throwing down in a phone booth, most prefer to stay on the outside where it’s not quite so brutal.

You only have to spend a single afternoon up at training camp and listen to Steelers defensive line guru John Mitchell and count how many times he barks at his players to fight through the edge of a man in one-on-one pass rush, not the center to realize how key this concept is.

As far as run-blocking goes, the hamhocks on Colon are so wide you could “Show the 2011 and the 2012 highlight films” simultaneously on his keester. But that is where ground’n pound power emanates. Because Willie is “Vertically challenged,” and has that low base, he can get under and up, a rising blow if you will, which was a Charles Henry Noll staple in run-blocking.

Under and up is nothing more than a basic centuries old Sumo wrestling concept of how you up-root a man and move him from “A to B against his will.” (Legendary Pitt line coach Joe Moore). Anything else ends up looking like fat-guys square dancing.

All said and done, this group has the capabilities on paper to be the best Steelers line we have seen for quite some time. It will be interesting to see how rookie Mike Adams handles the left tackle duties. If he’s not starter capable this year, then we may see Marcus Gilbert have a shot at the LT. If that would happen, then maybe the LG spot isn’t set in stone for Willie….then again, Max Starks is still out there too.

Can’t say for sure yet. My gullet isn’t talking, just rumbling.

http://craigwolfley.com/

Hawaii 5-0
06-11-2012, 11:30 PM
Steelers’ Colon once again trying to walk in Faneca’s footsteps

By Scott Brown - Tribune-Review
Published: Monday, June 11, 2012

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Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon during OTAs June, 2012

His first reaction when he walked into the Steelers’ locker room and saw he would dress next to Alan Faneca? Oh, no!

It’s not that Willie Colon, a wide-eyed rookie from a school that doesn’t even have football anymore, had heard bad things about Faneca. He simply was in awe of the perennial Pro Bowl guard.

Colon didn’t dare talk to the legend to the left of him. And Faneca didn’t talk to Colon until near the end of the 2006 season, after Colon had taken over at right tackle for the injured Max Starks.

“Once I started being a professional, that’s when he acknowledged me,” said Colon, a fourth-round pick out of Hofstra in 2006. “As I’m sitting right where he (was), I can get it, because if you’re right-minded, you’re professional and you’re strong-willed, you want people who are like that next to you. He didn’t know how I was as a person or a ballplayer until I actually had a chance to show him.”

Six years later, Colon is hoping to measure up to another lofty standard set by Faneca.

Colon has moved from right tackle to left guard, the position Faneca gold-plated during 10 seasons in Pittsburgh. And his transition continues today when the Steelers convene for a three-day mandatory minicamp at their South Side headquarters.

Colon has worked at left guard since the start of offseason practice, and he could provide consistency the position has lacked since the Steelers allowed Faneca to leave as a free agent following the 2007 season.

Colon has the same nasty disposition as Chris Kemoeatu, the primary starter at left guard the past four seasons, and he is a proven NFL lineman, having excelled as a right tackle when healthy. What really gives the Steelers hope that Colon can become a premier guard is he has embraced change despite being an established veteran.

“If he was reluctant and didn’t want to be a guard, it wouldn’t work,” Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler said. “Willie wants to be the best guard he can be, and he’s working on it. He’s constantly there in the film room, constantly asking questions. Things he’s made mistakes on, he wants to work on. I think he’s going to be an excellent guard, and he’s only going to benefit us up front.”

Colon started 54 consecutive games at right tackle from 2006-09, and he has had to adjust to his new position. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder is playing in a more confined space and working more with the interior lineman. He also will pull frequently — if the Steelers’ recent tendencies are any indication — something Colon didn’t do as a tackle.

Pulling will require Colon to be patient yet explosive before the start of a play.

“Willie has a lot of the natural assets and skill to be a great left guard,” former Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks said. “He is a strong and powerful dude. He likes to get nasty in the trenches, so I think it is a really good move.”

Colon is the most experienced player on an offensive line that could start two rookies in 2012. That stature makes him shake his head when he recalls his first few seasons with the Steelers.

“I’ll get a tap on the shoulder. ‘Hey, what were you thinking on this play?’ Or ‘Why did you set like this?’ ” Colon said. “It baffles me because I’m like, ‘Wow, I was that guy that was tapping Alan Faneca on the shoulder, and I was the guy tapping Marvel Smith on the shoulder.’ I wear it with pride, but I (also) wear it with humbleness.”

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1925985-85/colon-steelers-guard-faneca-tackle-didn-willie-position-agent-alan

Hawaii 5-0
06-18-2012, 11:43 PM
Colon missed his first love

Teresa Varley - Steelers.com
June 18, 2012

For a man who eats, breathes and sleeps football, a man who has put football ahead of other things in his life, a man who treats it like it's his first love, having it taken away from him the last two years has been challenging for Steelers guard Willie Colon.

Colon suffered a torn ACL before the 2010 season, bringing his season to an abrupt and disappointing ending before it even got started.

“I think the first year was really tough for me,” said Colon. “I felt like I was getting everything. You talk to the older players and they say it takes two to three years to get in the groove. I felt like I had a good spring and was turning it up as far as being a legit tackle in the league. There was so much work I was putting in so when it happened it blew my mind. “

Colon worked his tail off to get back on the field for the 2011 season opener against Baltimore, never easing up and was proud of how far he had come and excited to be playing again. But it didn’t last long. He tore his triceps muscle against the Ravens, and for the second-straight year found himself on injured reserve.

“The second time was the hardest,” said Colon. “As a player you think you are going to have only one big injury in your career. I thought that was it. I had a good camp, week one I felt good in Baltimore. I was back in the groove.

“When I tore my triceps I didn’t think about it. I knew it hurt but at the same time it was a normal football injury. When (athletic trainer) John Norwig told me I was going to be out again that was the hardest. I thought I was done with injuries. It was heart breaking.”

Colon couldn’t help but ask himself, why me? What have I done to deserve this?

“That is the number one question. You wonder who did I tick off ,” said Colon. “The toughest thing in life is to accept reality. I realized this is my reality and I can either cry about it or get back on the horse and get better and work from it. That is how I approached it, every day getting better and staying positive.”

Keeping that positive attitude wasn’t always easy. There were definitely rough patches, times when disappointment meshed with anger, creating some long days, and even longer nights.

“You hear Coach (Mike) Tomlin talk about the love affair with this game,” said Colon. “I have a deep love affair with it. I have sacrificed relationships, my own body and mind, my every day growth to be a football player.

“There is so much that goes into this game. You have to have balance, though. If you don’t have balance you can fall off the deep end. I fell off that deep end and was able to climb back up that ladder. I just have to take it day by day.”

Colon made the choice to stay involved when he was injured and offensive line coach Sean Kugler embraced that and was a rock for Colon. He attended meetings, helping younger players, attended practice, and made sure he was there all of the time. It helped his teammates, but it helped him even more.

“I just wanted to cling to everything football had to offer, being around the guys and stuff,” said Colon. “I wasn’t ready to leave it. Every inch of it I grabbed on to. Part of that was being in the meeting room, on the sidelines, being a rah-rah guy. It helped me feel like football wasn’t leaving me.”

The ACL injury is well in Colon’s rearview mirror, and the triceps injury is headed there as well. He is back to where he was before the injury, now working at left guard as he revealed last week. He came back early this offseason, one of just a handful of starters who has consistently been at the team’s practice facility well before he had to.

“I was out for so long I missed it,” said Colon. “I felt like I needed to catch up. I needed to get back in the groove. One of the hardest things was getting back in the groove of things, the schedule. I just wanted to get back to that, feel it and go through the daily transition of what it takes to be a ball player.

“I learned a lot about myself during the injuries. I had a lot of dark nights, wanted to give up. But it made me think about how much I love the game, and I thought about the good times and it lit my fire. I love coming out of the tunnel and hearing the fans cheer. That feeling you get in your gut, the nerves. I still have that in my belly. That kept me going. Even now, when I see my helmet, put my cleats on, I still have that fire that I want to play football.”

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Colon-missed-his-first-love/e641b719-15df-4025-ae08-e6c7e472dfe0

Hawaii 5-0
06-19-2012, 06:53 PM
Steelers LG Willie Colon Offers Insight Behind Two Season-Ending Injuries

by Neal Coolong on Jun 19, 2012

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Steelers then right tackle Willie Colon made it through all 64 plays in the Steelers' opening loss to Baltimore - a 35-7 shellacking by the eventual AFC North champions.

As if that loss wasn't hard enough to take, the following week he lost something else; again.

His season.

The mental makeup of a professional athlete is just as extraordinary as his/her physical gifts. Dealing with setback after setback has to be difficult.

But as Steelers.com writer Theresa Varley pens, Colon is just as tough mentally as physically.

Colon really lets his hair down - pun intended - in the interview on Steelers.com. More than anything, the interview shows Colon's commitment to the team. Instead of staying away from the facility, Colon embraced his leadership role, working with his replacement - then rookie Marcus Gilbert - as well as the rest of what was generally a young offensive line in 2011.

"I just wanted to cling to everything football had to offer, being around the guys and stuff," Colon told Varley. "I wasn't ready to leave it. Every inch of it I grabbed on to. Part of that was being in the meeting room, on the sidelines, being a rah-rah guy. It helped me feel like football wasn't leaving me."

Unfortunately for him, he had experience. After missing the Steelers run to the Super Bowl in 2010, Colon had chosen to stick around the team, helping the rest of the offensive line as well as coach Sean Kugler and QB Ben Roethlisberger.

Guys don't get contract extensions like Colon did after missing a season if a team doesn't want him around.

It's a different world in 2012. The Steelers offensive line shows all the reason in the world to think what was once a weakness will be a strength. Colon, whose physical build as well as mentality makes him seemingly more suitable for an interior lineman, will play left guard this season. His move there, along with first-round draft pick RG David DeCastro and C Maurkice Pouncey, could give the Steelers one of the most formidable interior offensive lines in football.

Pouncey is recovering from injuries that kept him down much of 2011, and DeCastro's work ethic and technical savvy give the Steelers versatility - all three can pull, all three can maul and all three can pass protect.

Colon's got the edge in adversity experienced, though.

"I learned a lot about myself during the injuries. I had a lot of dark nights, wanted to give up. But it made me think about how much I love the game, and I thought about the good times and it lit my fire. I love coming out of the tunnel and hearing the fans cheer. That feeling you get in your gut, the nerves. I still have that in my belly. That kept me going. Even now, when I see my helmet, put my cleats on, I still have that fire that I want to play football."

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/6/19/3096509/pittsburgh-steelers-offensive-line-willie-colon-injuries-maurkice-pouncey-david-decastro

El-Gonzo Jackson
06-20-2012, 12:25 AM
Look at Colon rockin the Flozell Adams throwback jersey!! That is cool homage.

Hawaii 5-0
06-21-2012, 07:54 PM
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