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Old 10-23-2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default Offensive line for the future taking shape?

I couldn't help but notice the young-gun Mike Adams in there at RT doing a damn fine job in there last week against the Bungles and even when he played sparingly against Tennessee.

Even though he's shown he still needs help with the adaption to the NFL Level, the potential reeking from this kid will be reer its face with rep after rep.

With Gilbert out and if Adams man's the RT position, I couldn't help but re-envision the offensive line and what we could see in the future. I remember even going back to last year, Marcus Gilbert was disappointed in not getting the opportunity to play LT, to what he says, to be his more natural position.

Givin' this could be our saving Grace's last year (Max Starks) GIlbert has the experience to adjust to LT and has the same body of work and size as a Max Starks.

With DeCastro coming back (hopefully soon) and with Willie Colon SLOWLY but SURELY progressing at RG, the new line to start thinking about putting in front of Ben could transform into:

Gilbert, Colon, Pouncey, DeCastro, Adams.

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Old 10-23-2012, 02:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: Offensive line for the future taking shape?

i thought gilbert would be better but now I'm not so sure. Adams is definitely more talented imo but is still green. he's getting help from one of the best TE's in the business and should get better with experience on the right side.

if adams continues to progress we might even see gilbert ride the bench later this season. I hope decastro comes back, but I also hope he's not rushed back. foster is doing a fine job in his stead and there's no reason to rush the kid back before he's 100%
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Default Re: Offensive line for the future taking shape?

Everytime we think the OL taking shape the injury bug rears its ugly head!
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:17 PM   #4
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Everytime we think the OL taking shape the injury bug rears its ugly head!
Yeah, but when was the last time someone could legitimately post that it's okay to wait for the starters to return, because the backups really do have it covered. It was good to read that statement, and I agree with it. The depth is there for the first time in Tomlin's tenure. We actually have a starting center being pushed to the bench by one who is even better.
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Why are we so quick to get rid of Max? He's 30, cheap, and right now our best OT.
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We actually have a starting center being pushed to the bench by one who is even better.
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Legursky > Pouncey?

If Pouncey's knee heals he is the starter
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Why are we so quick to get rid of Max? He's 30, cheap, and right now our best OT.
Steelers have been trying to get rid of Starks for years for whatever reason - I recall Bouchette once saying the coaches (post-Cowher) thought he was soft

It is not as if they had the next Anthony Munoz ready to step in
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Default Re: Offensive line for the future taking shape?

Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting the version of the offensive line I stated above was to go into effect this season. I do, however, see the potential of that being our staple offensive line heading into next season if Adams performs up to the task.

If Adams puts on good performances on tape at RT, then I can see us transforming Adams to RT and Gilbert to LT after the Starks era is officially over. Gilbert is a much more natural fit at LT IMO and we should give him that opportunity if the time comes whenever the highest level of competition is considered within' the team morale.
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Gilbert, Colon, Pouncey, DeCastro, Adams.

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I think Marcus Gilbert needs to step up his level of play and stop injuring his fellow OL every game before i consider him as our LT of the future.
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Im not sold on Gilbert as of yet....
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