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Old 06-05-2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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Default Steelers' weakness: Offensive line

Steelers' weakness: Offensive line

June 5, 2009 11:00 AM
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Scouts Inc.: Weaknesses

Choosing offensive line as the Steelers' weakest unit shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, even though the Steelers are returning their entire starting five from last season, when they won the Super Bowl.

It is safe to say that no one in that group of five starters is among the upper tier (or maybe even the second tier) of players in the league at their respective positions. As a unit, they do play better than the sum of their parts, and they came together as the 2008 season went along, but no one on this line should be contending for Pro Bowl honors in 2009.

Pittsburgh does not have an offensive lineman who was a first-day draft pick. The Steelers have dedicated their resources to surrounding quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with weapons and building a stout defense. When selecting their front wall, they put size at an absolute premium. Starting right guard Darnell Stapleton fell into their lap as an undrafted free agent and he is really the only starter who cannot be considered well above average in size for his position. Stapleton is expected to have to fend off recent third-round selection Kraig Urbik, another king-sized specimen who plays a rugged style.

Roethlisberger has been hit and sacked an inordinate number of times over the past two seasons. That has to change for the Steelers to better insure their long-term success with their franchise quarterback. Of course, even if Roethlisberger had Pro Bowlers at each of the five line spots in front of him, he would take more hits than guys such as Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, who are far quicker to get the ball out of their hands. Still, the protection hasn't been good enough of late -- Steelers quarterbacks were sacked a whopping 49 times last year.

Now if you are going to employ a big heavy line that struggles with quickness and isn't collectively light on its feet, you would think that you have the makings of a dominating power blocking scheme in the run game. But that has not been the case in Pittsburgh. Their once-vaunted rushing attack is nowhere near where it once was. The Steelers averaged a measly 3.7 yards per rush last season. Even more troubling, this is an offense that really has a tough time converting in short-yardage situations, particularly at the goal line.

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Old 06-05-2009, 11:36 AM   #2
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Steelers' weakness: Offensive line

June 5, 2009 11:00 AM
http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcnorth
Posted by Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson

Scouts Inc.: Weaknesses

Choosing offensive line as the Steelers' weakest unit shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, even though the Steelers are returning their entire starting five from last season, when they won the Super Bowl.

It is safe to say that no one in that group of five starters is among the upper tier (or maybe even the second tier) of players in the league at their respective positions. As a unit, they do play better than the sum of their parts, and they came together as the 2008 season went along, but no one on this line should be contending for Pro Bowl honors in 2009.

Pittsburgh does not have an offensive lineman who was a first-day draft pick. The Steelers have dedicated their resources to surrounding quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with weapons and building a stout defense. When selecting their front wall, they put size at an absolute premium. Starting right guard Darnell Stapleton fell into their lap as an undrafted free agent and he is really the only starter who cannot be considered well above average in size for his position. Stapleton is expected to have to fend off recent third-round selection Kraig Urbik, another king-sized specimen who plays a rugged style.

Roethlisberger has been hit and sacked an inordinate number of times over the past two seasons. That has to change for the Steelers to better insure their long-term success with their franchise quarterback. Of course, even if Roethlisberger had Pro Bowlers at each of the five line spots in front of him, he would take more hits than guys such as Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, who are far quicker to get the ball out of their hands. Still, the protection hasn't been good enough of late -- Steelers quarterbacks were sacked a whopping 49 times last year.

Now if you are going to employ a big heavy line that struggles with quickness and isn't collectively light on its feet, you would think that you have the makings of a dominating power blocking scheme in the run game. But that has not been the case in Pittsburgh. Their once-vaunted rushing attack is nowhere near where it once was. The Steelers averaged a measly 3.7 yards per rush last season. Even more troubling, this is an offense that really has a tough time converting in short-yardage situations, particularly at the goal line.

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Steelers' weakness: Offensive line - sounds accurate to me
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Hopefully with another year under their belt, and a hopeful upgrade at RG with Urbik, as well as a true power runner (even Mendy will be a big upgrade in that dept if for some reason Summers doesn't make the grade) this unit is vastly improved.
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More or less obvious I agree.

Which is an improvement over 30% false, 30% obvious and 40% speculation that constitutes most sports journalism.

If BA was calling the plays for Drew Brees wouldn't he have to wait for these routes to develop? Wouldn't the same reveivers be on the hot routes?
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Steelers' weakness: Offensive line - sounds accurate to me
As much as I hate to hack on the o line coach, I really think Zeirline doesnt get the most out of these guys.

While I think Colon is out of position, he is adequate at RT and I am a believer in the potential of Urbik and solid play of Hartwig. Investement was made in Kemo and Coach Z needs to make him more consistent.

Despite what this article says, I think we have the makings of a steady O line that can just maul in the run game and be average in the pass game....but the coach isnt getting the most out of his players. If the O line underperforms this year again, I think Coach Z will move on.
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I think our o-line will be good for some reason this year, they are gaining a lot of chemistry together
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As much as I hate to hack on the o line coach, I really think Zeirline doesnt get the most out of these guys.

While I think Colon is out of position, he is adequate at RT and I am a believer in the potential of Urbik and solid play of Hartwig. Investement was made in Kemo and Coach Z needs to make him more consistent.

Despite what this article says, I think we have the makings of a steady O line that can just maul in the run game and be average in the pass game....but the coach isnt getting the most out of his players. If the O line underperforms this year again, I think Coach Z will move on.
i agree completly - plus i am still bitter that he did not forward his porn stash to me
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if the O line is no good. Arians and Zierline should move on... its not the O-line that is the problem. Summers short yardage potential and some deceptive play calling will help the O line more than some ol rookies.
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