I have been looking VERY closely at the O-Line lately and I want to know if you guys(gals) agree with my assessment. Remember, I don't get to see every steeler game because I am in NYC, but I do have the "red zone". So here goes. RT Marcus Gilbert in what I have seen has/is making excellent progress. Him and foster work well together and will push Colon for the starting RT next year. LT Max starks has been pretty good and still gets beat to quicker guys on the outside at time. Overall, a HUGE improvement over J. Scott, which I am still pissed was handed the starting LT job to start the season. Consider that Suggs got 6 sacks VS him in 2 games!! RG foster is more than adequate especially run blocking, less effective in pass blocking. LG Kemo, a DISASTER in pass protection, who constantly gets beat inside, but still remains a very good pulling guard. C pouncey, a down year from last year..injuries? But clearly our best O-line man..gets to the second level and finishes off blocks well. G/C Legs, Ok until he wilts VS Ngata due to being over powered, Kemo is better VS Ngata but Legs has heart, but not the tools to handle beasts like that.
Here is my solution for the upcoming year..I know its premature, but here it goes
1. Sign the best FA left guard we can find to solidify the A gaps, which is where we are weakest, still draft an O-line man in the second round(need to replace Snack soon)
2. move colon to RG and leave Gilbert there one more year before moving him to LT
2. Keep starks another year..
Starks, FA, pouncey, colon, gilbert
Not too bad!