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Whose Line is it Anyway?


Because this is no Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line.

Let's get the obvious out of the way.  This line puts Ben's health at risk.  It also makes him skittish, which is something we rarely see.  If Ben gets hurt long term, our season dies fast.  If Ben is thinking more about who is going to hit him than who he is going to hit with a pass, our season dies slowly.  Jonathan Scott can't hack it.  Doug Legursky is a decent backup center.  He is not a starter at any position. Granted, injuries, Dwight Freeney, and Robert Mathis all played their parts in our troubles Sunday night.  Injuries can not be foreseen.  Great defensive lines can.  Any team with a Super Bowl win as the standard cannot be content to struggle against any defensive line.  That is what this team will do if it continues to send this make believe offensive line out on the field.

I like what I have seen from Marcus Gilbert.  He did pretty well against the Colts, even against Freeney after he came back from injury and played the left side.  He is improving quickly and seems to be part of the solution.  The sack/fumble by Mathis was not his fault.  Pouncey is excellent.  Kemo is pretty good.

I have said before, the coaches and front office must swallow their pride here.  The standard is the standard until you try to get by with sub-standard players.  We have to do at least two of the following: Bring back Flozell.  Bring back Starks.  Make a trade for a real starting offensive tackle.  Put Foster at RG.  Put Gilbert at RG.  I do not know what the best combination of these moves is.  I do know that Jonathan Scott whiffing and holding all game hurts this team.  As does Doug Legursky getting tossed around like he's Doug Legursky or something.

I know some of you will want to remind me that I am not a coach and the real coaches know best.  You should ask yourselves if you have ever known any coach to make a mistake.  Some of you will want to remind me how good our team actually is or that the Steelers beat the Colts.  Yes, we are spoiled as NFL fans to root for such a great team.  And yes, we beat a team that we should have steamrolled.  I am aware that the season is young and there is time for the line to gel.  I would rather see good players gel than watch mediocre/poor ones dig Ben's grave while they gel.  I am thinking Super Bowl here. Not playoffs, not 9-7, not anything less than seventh heaven.

This is the solution I offer (excluding trades):

1st String--       Gilbert               Kemo       Pouncey          Foster          Flozell

2nd String--      Scott/Starks      Essex       Legursky         Essex          Starks/Scott

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