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Old 11-28-2007, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default Change to the front line next year?

I just keep going back to our line play. The more I think about it the more I think several players seem to be dealing less with a lack of talent than see to be playing the wrong position.

Of course we are going to have to use the players that we currently have on the roster until the offseason...but I think that one of two potential free agents may make all the difference in the world to our offensive line.

Now hear me out on this because I understand that Marvel Smith isnt the weakest link on our line... But the addition of either the Panthers LT Wharton or the Seahawks RT Locklear (who could move to the left side) could help us switch players to a more effective position. Both these players are 26 years old and both are pretty agile and strong.

Now...Put one of these young guys at LT...Move Colon to LG...Simmons to Center...Mahan/Kemo to RG...and Smith to RT

I see an upgrade at Everyspot except LT where I think the young Tackles may prove to be AS effective but maybe not better. Mahan and Kemo are toss-ups for me when taking into consideration that I hear Kemo is a slow learner..and that I want to see Mahan at his natural position before penciling him in.

I would also make the front line a priority in the draft and specifically a young Tackle and Center to groom for a season or two
What does the Steeler nation think? Give me your opinions and what changes you would make.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:38 PM   #2
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Default Re: Change to the front line next year?

Now this is the kind of intelligent discussion I was hoping to start in the "ugliest thing on tv" thread. Instead, I got people who claim that the sack problems are Ben's fault.

I like where your head is at as far as fixing this line. I guess my first concern might be money. If we follow through on our commitment to retain Big-Ben and some other high priced talent, will there be any left over to upgrade the line? If not, we will be throwing our money away IMO.
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Default Re: Change to the front line next year?

Funny,

I was saying about the same thing... just in much more general terms. I want to see the first two draft picks go to the O line... and a FA or two to fill in a hole until the picks step it up.

I think your on target.
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Default Re: Change to the front line next year?

I like those ideas.

If we somehow resign Faneca, I think that takes care of the gaurd position. We definatly need to take a center. Maybe we'll get lucky and get one of the ones that can play well at a pro level right away.
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Now this is the kind of intelligent discussion I was hoping to start in the "ugliest thing on tv" thread. Instead, I got people who claim that the sack problems are Ben's fault.

I like where your head is at as far as fixing this line. I guess my first concern might be money. If we follow through on our commitment to retain Big-Ben and some other high priced talent, will there be any left over to upgrade the line? If not, we will be throwing our money away IMO.
Taking alot of things into consideration.....Let Faneca go....Cut Starks, Deshea, Wilson, and Clark....and we should have the money to pay Ben and pick up a quality Tackle.
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I like those ideas.

If we somehow resign Faneca, I think that takes care of the gaurd position. We definatly need to take a center. Maybe we'll get lucky and get one of the ones that can play well at a pro level right away.
There is little-to-no hope of re-signing Faneca so there goes that. Draft picks are probably our best bet. I love the idea of free-agents but don't think it will be feasible financially. At least with draft picks, the team has a little more leverage to work with while under financial pressure.

That being said, There is a great center (Jonathan Luigs) coming out of Arkansas that I would absolutely LOVE to see in Black & Gold. We should probably get a Guard though. Who do you all like that will be coming out next year?
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Default Re: Change to the front line next year?

Mahan at guard definitely. Marvel Smith to RT sounds good.

At center we need someone strong and physical, and I don't think Simmons has any of that. Maybe drafting someone....

I like the idea of a young free agent at LT, but obviously first comes Ben's contract

Now the other guard position may be for Colon while we grab at least 2 lineman for the future, and maybe even use one at center
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Taking alot of things into consideration.....Let Faneca go....Cut Starks, Deshea, Wilson, and Clark....and we should have the money to pay Ben and pick up a quality Tackle.
Man that's a lot of cutting! But I couldn't agree more that the line and ben have to take priority.
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Default Re: Change to the front line next year?

Wow..I am seeing a real consensus in regards to moving some of these players around.
I still think however that by letting some of our players go and putting in talented younger players...(Smith for Clark...McFadden for Deshea...etc) we free up enough to get a FA tackle and get Ben the money he deserves.
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Man that's a lot of cutting! But I couldn't agree more that the line and ben have to take priority.
Starks & Wilson are dead weight....Deshea and Ryan have very talented players behind them. They are lucky they dont give me the axe....I would go to town!!
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