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Old 06-20-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Default Feeling optimistic about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line

Season after season the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line is always a concern. It’s become routine for the line to be below average and often pitiful. The 2013 season may bring about some changes if the Steelers’ coaching staff makes the right moves and most importantly, injuries are not a factor. If the coaching staff is smart, the offensive line should look like this: Marcus Gilbert at left tackle, David DeCastro at left guard, Maurkice Pouncey at center, Ramone Foster at right guard and Mike Adams at right tackle. This lineup should benefit the Steelers for the upcoming season and here’s why.

Marcus Gilbert at left tackle makes sense considering he’s had the experience in college. He’s comfortable with the position, has solid foot work and is a solid run blocker. Gilbert does lack stellar athleticism and by no means is he an elite player in the NFL. He also struggles with pass protection but should the Steelers become more serious in their run game, then this is minimized for Gilbert. Despite not being an outstanding player, Gilbert can get away with being “good enough” to help the Steelers win games.

David DeCastro, the first round pick of last year’s draft for the Steelers, had the misfortune of being injured in the third preseason game of last year. There is a lot of promise in this young man; he is being compared to Alan Faneca who was a tremendous player for the Steelers. Although DeCastro doesn’t look to be the one who will be playing left guard for now, the Steelers should consider moving him to this postion. DeCastro at left guard is the right move because of how athletic he is. DeCastro is not the biggest or strongest o-linemen out there and has struggled with the physical aspect of the game. Having him on the left also improves the screen game for the Steelers. If Todd Haley is going to keep the “dink and dunk” offensive plays in the book in an effort to keep Ben Roethlisberger from taking a lot of hits, DeCastro vastly improves the screen game due to his quickness and athletic abilities. DeCastro could be the next big thing for the Steelers o-line as long as he can avoid another severe injury.

Maurkice Pouncey is the heart of the Steelers offensive line. There aren’t too many negatives to list about him. The only thing noteworthy would be his history with late season injuries. Aside from that, Pouncey continues to improve every season at the center position. Pouncey has a mean streak about him, a streak that leads him to play nasty and that’s something every line should have. A player with a mean streak is nothing but a positive. Just like anyone on this line, staying healthy is a key factor for Pouncey.

Ramone Foster is probably the most experienced starting lineman the Steelers have this season. Foster provides great size and power at right guard. His size and strength will help the run game that the Steelers should be focusing on this season. The team drafted Le’veon Bell in the recent draft due to lack of talent at the running back position and to establish a running game to compliment the pass attack. Having Foster at this position gives the team a better chance of finding that complementing run game.

Mike Adams playing on the left side of the line last season was not the right move. Adams struggled when playing on the left side and this led to Roethlisberger paying the price. He lacks quickness and therefore should be moved to right tackle. At this position he can assert his run blocking dominance. Adams is a big, strong lineman and can improve the run game for the Steelers greatly. Adams recently was in the headlines for being stabbed during a night out in Pittsburgh but is expected to make a full recovery and be ready to go for the season.

If the Steelers choose to put these linemen in these positions, the team should feel optimistic about the performance their line will put on this season. Overall, the main factor will be how healthy they all can stay. Should any of these men suffer long term injuries, the Steelers will be in trouble. The Steelers lack depth when it comes to their offensive line this season. A healthy line means a healthy Ben Roethlisberger; Big Ben is the backbone of this team and is an elite quarterback when he is in full swing. A strong and healthy offensive line is a main ingredient for a successful season in the steel city.

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Old 06-20-2013, 02:40 PM   #2
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good post. this is by far the most talented line we've had in recent memory. if they can stay healthy, they will be very solid.
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good post. this is by far the most talented line we've had in recent memory. if they can stay healthy, they will be very solid.
agreed..

dont forget beachum can add some depth..

and lets hope either golic, emnasty, and madsen stick and can contribute if called upon.


I would love for our line to stay healthy for all 19 games, but if not it would be great to see a back up come in and not miss a beat
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Default Re: Feeling optimistic about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line

iM optimistic too , the zbs scheme has me excited . However im nervous about our injury history . Hopefully , we have a season with minimal injuries....but who knows . if injuries lay low I expect big things from our line leading to :

* A Formidable running attack for a change
* Healthy Ben and clutch passing


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Eight in the Box: Can’t-lose players

June, 28, 2013
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com

Other than the quarterback, which player could each AFC North team least afford to lose to injury? Here's a look:

Pittsburgh Steelers: Offensive tackles. The Steelers will see one of their bigger fears play out if right tackle Mike Adams isn't ready to start training camp after getting stabbed twice in an attempted carjacking. Each of Pittsburgh's backup plans at tackle carry a great deal of concern. The Steelers can go with Guy Whimper, a free agent from the Jacksonville Jaguars who led the NFL in sacks allowed in 2011 with 14, and gave up four sacks in six starts last season. The other option is Kelvin Beachum, who started the last five games at right tackle for the Steelers last season. But moving Beachum to right tackle would hurt the interior of the line. Beachum has been working this offseason on becoming the top backup at guard and center after Willie Colon was released and Doug Legursky wasn't re-signed. In other words, Pittsburgh can't afford for Adams or left tackle Marcus Gilbert to get hurt.

Baltimore Ravens: Wide receiver Torrey Smith. The Ravens can't afford to lose Smith to an injury, especially with Anquan Boldin gone. Over the past two seasons, Smith has averaged 17.1 yards per reception and scored 15 touchdowns. The group of receivers who would replace him -- Tandon Doss, David Reed, Deonte Thompson and Tommy Streeter -- have 21 career receptions combined. Baltimore would go from a proven playmaker to a big question mark. The Ravens don't have to rely heavily on their wide receivers with tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson along with running back Ray Rice. And Jacoby Jones can stretch the field like Smith. But the Ravens don't have a reliable and consistent presence outside without Smith. Other areas where depth is a concern are the offensive line and safety.

Cincinnati Bengals: Wide receiver A.J. Green. This may sound like a similar situation to the Ravens, but this is more magnified with the Bengals. The one player on the team the Bengals can't afford to lose is Green. The Bengals have a good supporting cast at receiver with promising second-year target Mohamed Sanu and shifty slot receiver Andrew Hawkins. But neither is a dynamic playmaker like Green. The Bengals' entire offense changes without him, and it changes how defenses would play Cincinnati. Depth was a problem at receiver after the Bengals lost Sanu to a season-ending injury last season. In the final five games of the season, quarterback Andy Dalton averaged 205.4 yards passing with four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Cleveland Browns: Cornerback Joe Haden. The only established cornerback on the Browns is Haden. It's a major drop-off after that, which is why the Browns can't afford Haden to miss any time. Covering wide receivers was a problem last season, when Cleveland allowed 22 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers, tied for second most in the NFL. The Browns did the minimum to address depth at cornerback, drafting Leon McFadden in the third round and signing Chris Owens in free agency. McFadden is going to endure growing pains as a rookie, and Owens was benched at times last year when he was the nickelback for the Atlanta Falcons. The only other option at cornerback is Buster Skrine, who committed nine penalties. Needless to say, this is where the Browns are most vulnerable.

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Pittsburgh's O-line fallback plan

JUN 28
By Tim Kavanagh | ESPN.com

Dominant offensive line play hasn't exactly been a hallmark of the Pittsburgh Steelers' performance over the past several years, and QB Ben Roethlisberger is celebrated as much for his ability to create plays when he's hassled in the pocket as he is for plays when everything runs smoothly.

As the 2013 season looms, the Steelers are poised to push forward with two young players at the bookend spots on the O-line in Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert.

But what happens if one of them is injured or proves inept?

There's always the chance that the team could add at the position -- players like Eric Winston, Winston Justice and Jammal Brown are out there -- but if not, things could get a little dicey for them, as ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley explains:

The Steelers will see one of their bigger fears play out if right tackle Mike Adams isn't ready to start training camp after getting stabbed twice in an attempted carjacking. Each of Pittsburgh's backup plans at tackle carry a great deal of concern.

The Steelers can go with Guy Whimper, a free agent from the Jacksonville Jaguars who led the NFL in sacks allowed in 2011 with 14, and gave up four sacks in six starts last season. The other option is Kelvin Beachum, who started the last five games at right tackle for the Steelers last season.

Moving Beachum to right tackle would hurt the interior of the line. Beachum has been working this offseason on becoming the top backup at guard and center after Willie Colon was released and Doug Legursky wasn't re-signed. In other words, Pittsburgh can't afford for Adams or left tackle Marcus Gilbert to get hurt.

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I'm not going to feel optimistic about this unit until I see their improvement on the field.
Sure, on paper they look good......but so do I.
I'd love to say I have a lot of confidence in Adams, Gilbert, Beachum.........but I won't until I see it.
This unit hasn't distinguished themselves enough on the field to warrant optimism IMO.
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First of all, as was mentioned, it would be nice if they can stay on the field for more than one game without somebody going down with injuries. Secondly, if they manage to stay reasonably intact as a unit, it's going to take more than a few regular season games for them to gel. Once they do, this is going to be a very formidable offense.
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I'd be concerned about Mike Adams being a starter even though he wasn't that great last year. Hopefully Kelvin Beachum will remain a reliable backup. David DeCastro should have a great season as long as he dosen't get injured again.
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I'd be concerned about Mike Adams being a starter even though he wasn't that great last year. Hopefully Kelvin Beachum will remain a reliable backup. David DeCastro should have a great season as long as he dosen't get injured again.
the line actually did pretty awesome with adams in the lineup, particularly in the running game. when he went down though, they couldn't run or do anything for that matter. I think adams will be good, but of course with how things have been going in the last few years, there is a bunch of durability concerns with our linemen
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