After the news of David DeCastro being released from the Pittsburgh Steelers, fans of the black and gold took it tough. It makes sense. After all, DeCastro was a multiple Pro Bowl and All-Pro player at right guard for the Steelers, replacing him won’t be easy.
Regardless of his level of play in 2020, the Steelers now face a very uncertain future along their offensive line. Not only because of the players, but because of the coaching staff. New offensive coordinator Matt Canada will have to find a way to dial up a scheme to help improve the running game, and Adrian Klemm will be tasked with getting this young, and rather inexperienced, offensive line to top form.
Friday, NFL Network’s analyst and former NFL Player Brian Baldinger took to his verified Twitter account to point out how the Steelers’ new look offensive line could take a page from the 2005 offensive line who won a Super Bowl trophy.
Before getting to the breakdown, it is worth noting how that offensive line Baldinger was talking about was a very good group.
LT - Marvel Smith
LG - Alan Faneca
C - Jeff Hartings
RG - Kendall Simmons
RT - Max Starks
This group compared to what the Steelers will roll out in 2021:
LT - Chukwuma Okorafor
LG - Kevin Dotson
C - Kendrick Green or B.J. Finney
RG - Trai Turner
RT - Zach Banner
Either way, Baldinger talks about how the Steelers could benefit from getting this new offensive line to become more of a power running game. This would allow them to come off the ball, pin their ears back and dish out punishment to the defenders across from them. It is about imposing their will on the defense, and this would have immeasurable benefits to the entire offense not just the running game.
Check out Baldinger’s breakdown below, and let us know what you think in the comment section below!
.@Steelers as they rebuild their OL; perhaps they should dust off some 2005 tape to see how they assembled that SB winning group. Great physical style of play. Could wear you down with an assortment of RB’s; but they loved to run “Power O” with Faneca #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/QgyAbnecUt— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) June 26, 2021