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Old 02-25-2013, 07:34 AM   #51
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Default Re: Offensive Line is STILL a big problem

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Originally Posted by steelerchad View Post
Our offensive line is young, not terrible. If we can get a young starting 5 to play together for a good part of the season, they'll be a strength on this team, not a weakness. O-lines need more time to gel as a unit than any other group on the field.
I think this line, with this personnel will be good next year and very good in 2 years.
Face it, there is going to be growing pains from Adams and Gilbert. The first thing is these two need to show they can stay healthy and on the field. Having your starting LT missing considerable time over the course of a season is a recipie for disaster. Of course having 4 guys playing RT in a season like last year is no cakewalk either.

Long term, health permitting, these are two kids with some decent upside. We've not seen their best football.

As for Pouncey, he would be aided greatly by better guard play. IMO, he's a solid player, but will struggle with when the a Cody or a Ngata is lined up on him face to face. For the same reason, don't expect him to be a G in this league. His game is quickness, not brute strength.

I still contend drafting Jonathan Cooper( LG UNC) would be a hugh boost to the performance of our OL, which will show up in much better rushing statistics, and overall offensive efficiency.
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