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Old 07-30-2007, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default Steelers' O-line issues resolving themselves

Steelers' O-line issues resolving themselves

By Mike Prisuta
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

He didn't have as far to go this time, which may explain why Alan Faneca took it upon himself to block two guys.

Defensive end Brett Keisel and linebacker Larry Foote felt Faneca's wrath in succession during a goal-line drill on Sunday.

Running back Willie Parker jogged into the end zone.

So much for Faneca's being disgruntled over his contract status becoming a distraction.

"I just happened to catch those two guys," Faneca said. "I think Keisel had somebody actually hanging on him a little bit, so he probably wasn't even worried about me."

Keisel might also have been more than a little bit surprised to see Faneca heading in the direction he was heading.

For years, the Steelers have pulled Faneca from left to right in such situations.

They used to have so much faith in a play called "Boss 38" (the "Boss" standing for "back on strong safety" in honor of Jerome Bettis) that they once moved Faneca from left tackle to left guard for a critical two-point conversion in Denver. So convinced were the Steelers that Faneca would get The Bus into the end zone that they apparently didn't care if the Broncos knew what was coming.

Now, the Steelers are becoming adept at running to either side (running behind Faneca remains the constant).

It's all a part of a training camp that has been characterized in part by an offensive line that's "doing a great job," in Keisel's estimation.

"He's being generous," Faneca said. "But we're probably starting out a little better than we have in the past. Normally, it takes a little time before we start to mesh."

Cohesion has been quickly achieved, at least in part because of consistency.

The center, right guard and right tackle positions were considered up for grabs when camp began.

But once again on Monday the starting five remained unchanged.

Head coach Mike Tomlin continues to maintain that the Steelers will experiment eventually.

But unless something changes drastically in the exhibition games, the questions have been all but answered.

Max Starks, a mess in minicamp, has slimmed down, stepped up and is going to be difficult if not impossible for Willie Colon to move from right tackle. Colon's having a good camp, but Starks is having a better one.

At right guard, Kendall Simmons is resurrecting his game and Chris Kemoeatu isn't offering much of a challenge.

Even if free-agent addition Sean Mahan eventually wrestles the starting center position away from Chukky Okobi as expected, the offensive line will experience a transition rather than an upheaval.

Once center is settled, the only lingering issue will involve whether Faneca will make good on his threat to "think about" playing through injuries he's played through previously.

When healthy, Big Red is still motivated enough to get 'em blocked two at a time.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_519799.html
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Old 07-31-2007, 01:44 AM   #2
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Wow...

We know how good Colon can be... and Max starks is outperforming him?

Any of you that have been to camp.... Have you seen this?
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:56 AM   #3
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Sounds like Faneca is i going to play his heart out one more year.
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Sounds like Faneca is i going to play his heart out one more year.

I had no doubt of that. He is a professional. What I doubt, is whether he will keep his mouth shut or not.

I hope so.


BTW.... What is the possiblity of slapping him with a non-exclusive franchise tag? That way, if he gets picked up, we get two first round picks?
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I thought franchising him would be fun, out of spite if nothing else. And the funniest part is that it would use up what would likely be his final peak year.

I'm shocked that Starks is apparently having such a good camp. He must have been reading my site in the offseason, because he's been the SteelerWatch whipping boy!
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I thought franchising him would be fun, out of spite if nothing else. And the funniest part is that it would use up what would likely be his final peak year.

I'm shocked that Starks is apparently having such a good camp. He must have been reading my site in the offseason, because he's been the SteelerWatch whipping boy!
This would cause sooo many waves. It's not a bad idea though.
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"But we're probably starting out a little better than we have in the past. Normally, it takes a little time before we start to mesh."



http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_519799.html
Wow thats a superbowl bown mentality.

I'm suprised that Starks is dominating his position and Marvel is not a surprise he will win the position. Also i love the fact that Big Red no matter what is working his tail off and blocking 2 premier guys and proving something on the field.
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Wow...

We know how good Colon can be... and Max starks is outperforming him?

Any of you that have been to camp.... Have you seen this?
I can only go by what I personally saw yesterday at camp, Father, and I'd have to say Colon totally outperformed Starks. On the one-on-one's, Max was beaten pretty handily by both Hoke and Big Snack. But - that was just one practice. I've heard Max has had a pretty good camp thus far.
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I can only go by what I personally saw yesterday at camp, Father, and I'd have to say Colon totally outperformed Starks. On the one-on-one's, Max was beaten pretty handily by both Hoke and Big Snack.
Yep, that's the Starks we've all come to know and love, and this is the assessment I believe - I find it hard to believe that Starks has become the next Anthony Munoz over the offseason, like the article suggests.
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Default Re: Steelers' O-line issues resolving themselves

i dont care how the o-line is resolved as long as it keeps ben up right for more than a second so he can have time to throw the ball..
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