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Old 06-02-2007, 05:35 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers' offensive line could get face-lift

Its definitely interesting (in a strictly non-doom and gloom way) that there is going to be so much potential disruption on a previous Steeler strength this year.

3 positions out of 5 open before camp?

Maybe thats more to do with a new coach than anything else (and also the retirement of a pro-bowl centre) and the fact he wants as many people as possible showing him what they can do now instead of relying on past performance.

Next year, of course the LG position will be up for grabs and probably explains why the Steelrs were pro-active in getting LT Aaron Smith signed up to a long contract.

You have to feel that there are going to be communication issues to be sorted out with a new group of linemen who are also going to be running a new playbook and a QB who is taking more playcalling duties.

Here is a question maybe someone can answer for me.

This year the Patriots are strongly rumored to be moving to a zone blocking scheme to cater for a faster running back in Laurence Maroney (compared to Dillon was was more between the tackles).

What scheme did the Steelers typically run with Bettis at running back and were there any alterations made last year when Willie Parker become full time starter?

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