I am one that whole-heartedly believes we have been neglecting our OL and it will come to bite us sooner or later. Starks is a sorry excuse for a LT and there was a reason he lost his job in the first place. To take it one step further, our starting OL for Super Bowl XL was RT Starks (3rd round pick), RG Simmons (1st), C Hartings (1st), LG Faneca (1st), and LT Smith (1st). We replaced 4 1st round picks with: Kemoeatu (6th), Colon (4th), Hartwig (6th) and Essex (3rd). Max Starks went from RT (then) to LT (now). Anyway, the complete lack of thought to the OL on the first day of the draft has led to our running problems and lack of protection.
As for this year's addition....... I have been sick the last two weeks, but after calming down and watching the games again I have come to the following: We are a few plays away from being 0-3, yet we are a few plays away from being 3-0. A dropped pass in the end zone last week along with some questionable playing calling (going for it, not going for it), and against Chicago, a WR stepping out then catching the ball, and two missed field goals, that is pretty much how close we are to 3-0.
Now, with that said, as close as these games have been (and on the road), we are playing without our defensive playmaker, we have had no pressure on the QB and we have no turnovers (while we have a INT returned for a TD against us and the turnover ratio -4), yet we still have been in position to win each of these games.
Chicago and Cincinnati did exactly what they had to do. They played it close, took our best shot and managed to score enough in the end to win. I doubt this treend will continue! I doubt the Steelers will not force turnovers or get pressure and sacks and force opposing teams into 3rd and long situations. They have got to get Troy back, bench Sweed and let Wallace and McDonald play. McDonald is a vet who runs good routes and hangs onto the ball!
We are okay, as bad as these last two weeks have been, we are okay. We just have to get a few victories, catch our breath and get Troy back.