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fordfixer
10-06-2009, 01:02 AM
Steelers Offensive Line Turns Into Bullies For a Night

Posted Oct 05, 2009 7:25AM
By JJ Cooper
http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/10/05/stee ... r-a-night/ (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/10/05/steelers-offensive-line-turns-into-bullies-for-a-night/)

If the Steelers offensive line keeps playing like they did on Sunday night, all of their critics (here included) will go away. In lining up and blowing the Chargers off the ball, Pittsburgh put together its best offensive line performance in years.

Now this wasn't a Jerome Bettis-in-his-prime performance when Pittsburgh would run though eight and nine-man fronts. But thanks to the threat of an impressive passing game, Pittsburgh was able to run at will. Fill-in running back Rashard Mendenhall rushed for more yards (165) against the Chargers than starter Willie Parker rushed for in the first three games of the season (159).

.But even more impressive than Mendenhall's five runs of 10+ yards was his work in short-yardage situations. The Steelers were four of five on third and fourth and 1 against the Chargers. They were 1-of-4 in those situations coming into the game. By keeping drives going, Pittsburgh was able to control the clock and get touchdowns instead of field goals. Coming into the game, Pittsburgh had scored only thre touchdowns in seven trips inside the red zone. Against the Chargers, they were five-for-five.

Many of Pittsburgh's offensive line problems in 2008 were assignment issues. The Steelers would have four linemen doing their job on a running play, but one mistake would blow up the play. Against the Chargers, the five linemen worked as one unit. San Diego may have been without Jamal Williams and Shawne Merriman was banged up, but this is the kind of performance a group can build on. With games against the Lions and Browns coming up, Pittsburgh's offensive line has a chance to build some confidence.

Don't start voting them into the Pro Bowl or anything, but after getting criticized week after week, the Steelers offensive line deserves plenty of credit for how the played against the Chargers

AkronSteel
10-06-2009, 02:01 AM
I was very impressed with the OL play Sunday night. It seemed like there were holes everywhere. I want to see it become more of a consistency as opposed to just a game here and a game there though. This unit needs to put it together every weekend. I like how Rashard ran though I think his style kind of helps the OL because he runs downhill as opposed to FWP.

JTP53609
10-06-2009, 07:41 AM
the right side in particular looked outstanding, the whole offense looked flawless, they scored when they needed to in the fourth and even when the did punt they punted after picking up a few first downs.....i may sound crazy but it is the best i have ever seen our offense look, if only we did not have 3 drops

proudpittsburgher
10-06-2009, 09:50 AM
What the Steelers did to the Chargers nose tackle was downright embarrasing. I know it was their backup, but still. Casey takes his share of double teams, and at worst gets stood up, which still leaves him there to plug the middle. The doubleteam on the Chargers NT had him five yards up field by the time Mendenhall hit the line of scrimmage. Looks like the NT was swallowed up.

pfelix73
10-06-2009, 10:05 AM
Let's all keep this one game in perspective. Rashard played with a chip on his shoulder because he was embarrassed by what happened the week before.

The real test on him will be to see how he practices (keeps his head in the playbook, etc) and plays from here on out. He should have the confidence now that he had a great game, but he'll need to be consistent week in and week out..... In other words, the jury is still out on him IMO.

:tt1

Tomlinator
10-06-2009, 11:16 AM
It was nice to not see a yellow hanky and the announcement "False Start, 74 offense".

He's usually good for two of those a game. Excellent game overall by the o-line.

ikestops85
10-06-2009, 11:27 AM
It was nice to not see a yellow hanky and the announcement "False Start, 74 offense".

He's usually good for two of those a game. Excellent game overall by the o-line.

I was thinking the same thing during the game but then in the 4th quarter it happened. Oh well, maybe next game. I do agree that the o-line played fantastic.

papillon
10-06-2009, 11:34 AM
Kemo had multiple pancakes in the game, he was abusing someone on the d-line

Pappy

RuthlessBurgher
10-07-2009, 07:30 PM
Kemo had multiple pancakes in the game, he was abusing someone on the d-line

Pappy

From the looks of Kemo, it looks like he has multiple pancakes every day.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2571/3931710459_b0cc3923d2.jpghttp://users.sisqtel.net/rjones/images/pancakes1.jpg

His name isn't spelled "Kemo-Eat-U" for nothin'!!!

Speaking of which, that would make a pretty decent sign for the rotunda. Hmmm...