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Old 09-15-2008, 03:18 AM   #1
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Default Kemoeatu making some forget about Faneca

Kemoeatu making some forget about Faneca
By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, September 15, 2008

CLEVELAND -- It is becoming a welcome sight for the Steelers' offense, almost as common and comforting as a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown pass:

Left guard Chris Kemoeatu pulling swiftly and violently to his right, clearing a path the size of a Deluxe Double Egg and Cheese Primanti Brothers sandwich and escorting Willie Parker to daylight.

Kemoeatu made his mark in the season opener against the Houston Texans, turning his massive frame upfield and bowling over a helpless defensive back as he delivered a knockout block.

He did it again in the second quarter Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns on what might have been the biggest play of the game.

Faced with fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 40-yard line, the Steelers' offensive didn't flinch.

A 57-yard Jeff Reed field-goal attempt in swirling winds was too long and risky. A Mitch Berger punt so deep in Browns' territory was out of the question.

Better to call Parker's number and hide him behind Kemoeatu.

Make no mistake, all of the Steelers' offensive linemen did their part on Parker's big run. Kemoeatu, however, stole the show.

Following a convoy of one - Kemoeatu -- Parker ran right and ran hard for 13 yards - 12 more than needed.

It was a symbolic play for the Steelers and a firm show of confidence in the offensive line, one that could bode favorably as the season deepens.

For his part, Kemoeatu executed another one of his trademark look-out blocks. Technically, however, he didn't actually block anyone. Then again, he didn't have to.

As he pulled, Kemoeatu sealed off an area on the right side of the line, effectively clearing a running lane for Parker. Parker ran all the way to the Cleveland 27 before he was stopped.

A few plays later, Roethlisberger drilled an 11-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward for a 7-0 lead. If not for Kemoeatu's block and Parker's run, the score would not have been possible.

It is easy to overlook Kemoeatu's contributions, much easier than it is to overlook the man, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 344 pounds.

His job was made more difficult because of the player he replaced. Alan Faneca manned left guard for the Steelers with distinction. So far, Kemoeatu has been nothing short of proficient.

He has been everything the Steelers could have hoped for from a former sixth-round draft pick who started two games prior to this season.

Playing guard - especially left guard - for the Steelers is no joke. Thanks to the high standard set by Faneca, every bad play is magnified while every good play is taken for granted.

Kemoeatu is far from a finished product. His pass-blocking needs polishing, which is common among nearly all offensive linemen.

Kemoeatu's run-blocking is what sets him apart from the ordinary. He's already shown himself more than adequate at clearing holes for Steelers running backs. But it's his ability as a pulling guard that should excite Steelers fans for years to come.

During a key moment in last night's second quarter, Kemoeatu again showed why the Steelers didn't leap to re-sign Faneca. As a result, their faith in Kemoeatu continues to grow.
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: Kemoeatu making some forget about Faneca

a nice read two games into the season.

Now if we KEEP reading that stuff 10 games into the season, may I suggest the Rooney's break a long standing tradition and negotiate a contract.
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:41 AM   #3
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I really like the way Komoeatu pulled out and blocked for willie he an the line is only going to get better as the year goes on.
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:00 AM   #4
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Default Re: Kemoeatu making some forget about Faneca

Kemoeatu looks trim and quick (relatively speaking)....did anyone else notice him taking Rogers on one-on-one? Head to head Rogers did not get the best of him. Kemo is a beast.
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I saw Kemo at camp and posted a pic of him - he is a gargantuan. He's played very well in the first 2 games and I look for that to continue as the season progresses. He's definitely a keeper!

P.S. Alan who?
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One thing he does have to work on is the head shot that they showed on the O line Introduction. He has a head of hair that puts Troy to shame.

Kemo's play in the running game was great to watch. Things look promising 2 games in. Both he and Kendall pulled extremely well on some big runs for FWP.

Rogers did get a couple of late cheap shots on Ben on passing play. he tried to targeting the right shoulder any chance he got. One was very late and he got away with it.
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Rogers did get a couple of late cheap shots on Ben on passing play. he tried to targeting the right shoulder any chance he got. One was very late and he got away with it.
That's how I felt as well. I was also surprised they called the hit on Woodley I think it was. It didn't appear flagrant in the least, at least not to me.
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That's how I felt as well. I was also surprised they called the hit on Woodley I think it was. It didn't appear flagrant in the least, at least not to me.
Agree totally. Woodley was committed to the hit where as Ben had thrown the ball and had taken two steps backwards and Rogers headbutted the throwing shoulder.
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Ohhhhhhh hells yeah!!!!!
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Speaking of Alan...

Faneca and the Jets Offensive line was abused by the Patriots yesterday. Yeah, we miss him alright.
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