Willie Colon, Mike Adams driving newfound strength in Steelers offensive line

Joe Sargent

Steelers guard Willie Colon's post-whistle skirmishes seem to be an indication of when Pittsburgh's offensive line - once thought to be the bane of the team's existence - is about to take over.

Steelers left guard Willie Colon was again mired in a scuffle.

Smacking into opposing defenses between the whistles will invariably lead to a mini-brawl after them from time to time. Colon was seen dropping Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict like he was a featherweight in the Steelers' win over Cincinnati. He was at the bottom of a pile of Redskins defenders after he slammed one of their own to the soggy Heinz Field turf.

Willie Colon looks very comfortable being physical. And that mentality is rubbing off on his teammates.

It should almost make Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler and offensive coordinator smile, seeing right guard Ramon Foster pick up an unnecessary roughness penalty. After starting the year unable to create holes against any defense, the Steelers front five put up a performance that could only be rivaled by Week 7's dominance of the Bengals for their most outstanding game of the year.

That's two in a row. Colon gets in a scuffle, the Steelers offensive line is performing well.

Colon was showing outstanding pass protection, but looked a bit off-balance in run blocking. Now, he is playing at a high level, to the point further progression would have to put him into consideration among the best in the game at the "athletic" guard position.

He's been the catalyst of an offensive line that - scary as it seems even this Halloween season - may even be flirting with a "Don't Buy" stamp, like the Bluth Corporation.

While Colon's play has been the most outstanding, Wally Pipp consideration must be given to Marcus Gilbert, who's bum ankle is leading the Steelers to solve the Mike Adams Mini Mystery - he's a right tackle, not a left tackle. Adams showed again on several runs in his direction he's much more controlled and balanced on the opposite side he was expected to play in his career.

It seems difficult for Haley, Kugler or head coach Mike Tomlin to want to shake up a unit that's coming together in such a way it seems this offense could do some great things before the year is out. Even with the return of rookie guard David DeCastro, and Gilbert, it seems better to continue letting this group ride its hot streak.

It may take them further than people thought a few weeks ago.


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