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D Rock
11-10-2009, 08:05 PM
alright so we're halfway through the 2009 season. I propose we have posters pick a player and give your analysis on their play so far this season. Get nit-picky. Give kudos. Hate on something that bothers you. It's your call.

Hopefully we get a lot of the team covered and not just the top players. So please, if you know about line play, it would be awesome if you comment on that.



Mike Wallace, 3rd WR

http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/ap_photo/20091018/all/l4082443.jpg

mid-season stats:
Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng YAC 1stD TD
25 437 54.6 17.5 51 3.5 17 3


Wallace has been a very pleasant surprise stepping in and filling the spot as 3rd WR and deep threat vacated by Nate Washington leaving for the Titans. He is on pace for a great rookie season statistically, and has continually beaten DBs deep. Had Ben and Wallace been on the same speed and Wallace not dropped a deep ball, he could probably have 6 or 7 TDs right now.

But for a guy with so much speed and tough running (as seen on his reverses), I wish we could see more running after the catch. It seems as if a high percentage of Wallace's receptions occur with him on the ground or going to the ground, even including his two of his three touchdowns. I have to assume that is the result of Mike doing what he needs to do in order to make a catch, and it's very likely that Ben is putting balls in spots low to both protect Wallace across the middle and to keep the ball away from defenders.

There is also the possibility that Wallace just feels more comfortable body-catching than using his hands which would give him a better chance for some RAC yards. He reminds me of watching Deon Butler playing for PSU the last 4 years. He smokes the coverage, makes the catch, and is always on the ground in the process.


But he makes the catch after smoking the coverage. For that, I say


WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

KEEP IT UP MIKE!!!
:tt2

SteelHead
11-10-2009, 09:37 PM
Good topic D Rock....I'll play.

Briefly in reference to Wallace though. Hines has never been a consistent "hands" catcher either and tends to "body" the ball more often than not so I don't really see that as a negative. Plus I think it's just been the nature of the routes he's been running which has been preventing much RAC. Also Ben will often put the ball low when there is tight coverage. Kudos to the kid for digging most of them out. He's been an awesome rookie for us , leaving Limas in the dust. Biggest thing Wallace has going for him is the game is not to big for him. He just plays.

On to my pick.....

#99 DE - Brett "The Diesel" Kiesel

http://www.post-gazette.com/images4/20061204pd_fbn_keisel_juboPJ_230.jpg

Brett obviously had a fantastic game last night but it's the guys consistency that makes him a great player for us. His technique is rock solid. It's a given that Brett will be setting the edge in the run game and does a great job of using his hands to manipulate offensive lineman. He's not going to straight up beat lineman in the pass game with speed or pure power but again his use of hands and technique allow him to capitalize on any mistakes the lineman may make. Another great quality of his is to disengage blockers and pressure the QB when he leaves the pocket. I can't even count how many times I've seen QB's escape the pocket against us to Brett's side with him seemingly locked up with a lineman only to see him disengage and track the ball. Pure effort and a motor that never stops. Props to you Brett for being where you supposed to be when your supposed to be there and taking advantage of the coaching you've recieved to maximize your potential as a player.

And ya gotta love that whole "bow and arrow" routine after a big play. CLASSIC !!!

DrCalculus
11-10-2009, 10:12 PM
How about some love for 3rd year punter DANIEL SEPULVEDA?

He is 7th among regular punters with at least 20 punts in net punting average at 40.1 yards per punt. His punts have only been returned 17 times for a total of 121 yards --- about 7 yards a return. He's placed 13 punts inside the opponent's 20 yard line and only had 1 touchback. Five of his 31 punts have been downed by teammates, and 8 have resulted in a fair catch with no return.

And he's had only 31 punts in 8 games. When was the last time a Steeler offense was averaging less than 4 punts a game?

In contrast, Berger and Ernster last year averaged 36.4 and 31.3 net yardage, combined for 7 downed punts, 23 inside the 20, 4 touchbacks, and 17 fair catches in 16 games.

If it seems like the Steelers opponents are regularly forced to play on a longer field than the Steelers offense is, credit Sepulveda. He has been awesome and last night the threat of dynamite returnman Eddie Royal was a non-factor as Sepulveda averaged 40 yds on 5 punts and Royal only returned 2 of them for 20 yards.

skyhawk
11-10-2009, 10:40 PM
My pick is Chris Kemoeatu. He has lead this offensive line. He is playing lights out and his strength and quickness are dominant right now. He has protected Ben well and usually the one responsible for opening holes for Mendy.

SteelAbility
11-10-2009, 10:45 PM
alright so we're halfway through the 2009 season. I propose we have posters pick a player and give your analysis on their play so far this season. Get nit-picky. Give kudos. Hate on something that bothers you. It's your call.

Hopefully we get a lot of the team covered and not just the top players. So please, if you know about line play, it would be awesome if you comment on that.



Mike Wallace, 3rd WR

http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/ap_photo/20091018/all/l4082443.jpg

mid-season stats:
Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng YAC 1stD TD
25 437 54.6 17.5 51 3.5 17 3


Wallace has been a very pleasant surprise stepping in and filling the spot as 3rd WR and deep threat vacated by Nate Washington leaving for the Titans. He is on pace for a great rookie season statistically, and has continually beaten DBs deep. Had Ben and Wallace been on the same speed and Wallace not dropped a deep ball, he could probably have 6 or 7 TDs right now.

But for a guy with so much speed and tough running (as seen on his reverses), I wish we could see more running after the catch. It seems as if a high percentage of Wallace's receptions occur with him on the ground or going to the ground, even including his two of his three touchdowns. I have to assume that is the result of Mike doing what he needs to do in order to make a catch, and it's very likely that Ben is putting balls in spots low to both protect Wallace across the middle and to keep the ball away from defenders.

There is also the possibility that Wallace just feels more comfortable body-catching than using his hands which would give him a better chance for some RAC yards. He reminds me of watching Deon Butler playing for PSU the last 4 years. He smokes the coverage, makes the catch, and is always on the ground in the process.


But he makes the catch after smoking the coverage. For that, I say


WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

KEEP IT UP MIKE!!!
:tt2

Be careful. Stats are apparently frowned on around here. :roll:

I'll pick a player.

Lamar Woodley.

I have to say I'm a bit disappointed. Sure there was the big play against the Vikings, but that was more of a "look what I found." Keisel was the guy who forced the fumble and created the opportunity. It seems like the dominant play is few and far in-between for Lamarr. I heard he bulked up in the off-season. I was like ... :wft ... He played at 270 last year. How much bigger do you need to be at LB? IMO, if he dropped about 10-15 pounds his play would dramatically improve as the small dropoff in strength would be more than compensated for by the increased footspeed.

Lonbull
11-10-2009, 11:22 PM
My choice is Stefan Logan -

http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Pittsburgh+Steelers+v+Cincinnati+Bengals+InsfSzGOt _ql.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rVtapS3YTg

One of the more controversial players on the Pittsburgh Steelers right now - could be Stefan Logan, because for the most part he's seen as a player who has a limited role with the team - and that would be a Special Teams Specialist, primarily Kickoff Returns.

The primary question is does he deserve a spot on the active roster?

In my opinion the Hole in our special teams began in 2004-2005 when Antwaan Randel El left for greener pastures in Washington.....greener as in money.

Here is how our Kick Off and Punt Returners have faired since then.

Santonio Holmes 2006

Punt Returns 26, Average Yardage - 10.2
Kick Returns 18, Average Yardage - 24.2

Sean Morey 2006

Kick Returns 8, Average Yardage - 25.3

Allen Rossum 2007

Punt Returns 36, Average Yardage - 6.4
Kickoff Returns 38, Average Yardage - 23.3

Santonio Holmes - 2008

Punt Returns - 34, Average Yardage - 6.6


Mewelde Moore - 2008

Punt Returns - 6, Average Yardage - 3.5

Gary Russell - 2008

Kick off Returns - 16, Average Yardage - 23.2


Mewelde Moore - 2009

Punt Returns - 3, Average Yardage - 1.0
Kickoff Returns - 1, Average Yardage - 13.0

Stefan Logan - 2009

Punt Returns - 15, Average Yardage - 7.9
Kickoff Returns - 27, Average Yardage - 26.1


Granted football is more than just stats - but so far Logan has provided the best Kick Return ability in the past four seasons, and he's been reasonable with his punt returns. Looking at the entire NFL - Logan is second behind only Josh Cribbs with 22 Kick-off returns with more than 20 yards gained. (I'm only including players with 10 or more KO Returns).

However he is tied for 6th in the league when it comes to Kick returns with more than 40 yards. The leader is Percy Harvin.

Logan has also contributed on defense with 7 total tackles on special teams - not bad considering players like Joe Burnett has 8, Arnold Harrison has 6, and Patrick Bailey has 7.

One concerning thing (from a fans perspective) is it seems like Logan is running with more caution and less confidence than he did in the Pre-Season - however he still seems to be the best option we have at Return man.

Now that half of his first season in the NFL is over - I'm looking to see if he improves as he adjusts to the speed of the game and returns to his pre-season hype, or if his skill against 1st team special teamers has leveled out and he's simply a slight improvement over someone like Sean Morey.

I find it interesting that the Steelers are not using Logan more in the offense - however the reason he may not be seeing playing time is because the aforementioned Mike Wallace is simply doing "everything" right now - just ask Sweed.

The good news as I see it - is that Logan is dependable and explosive in a position that hasn't had either aspect in several years. The only question mark is how much more improvement will we see? How much more can he offer.

L.B.

Djfan
11-10-2009, 11:44 PM
I forgot all about Sean Morey.

stlrz d
11-11-2009, 12:54 AM
alright so we're halfway through the 2009 season. I propose we have posters pick a player and give your analysis on their play so far this season. Get nit-picky. Give kudos. Hate on something that bothers you. It's your call.

Hopefully we get a lot of the team covered and not just the top players. So please, if you know about line play, it would be awesome if you comment on that.



Mike Wallace, 3rd WR

http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/ap_photo/20091018/all/l4082443.jpg

mid-season stats:
Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng YAC 1stD TD
25 437 54.6 17.5 51 3.5 17 3


Wallace has been a very pleasant surprise stepping in and filling the spot as 3rd WR and deep threat vacated by Nate Washington leaving for the Titans. He is on pace for a great rookie season statistically, and has continually beaten DBs deep. Had Ben and Wallace been on the same speed and Wallace not dropped a deep ball, he could probably have 6 or 7 TDs right now.

But for a guy with so much speed and tough running (as seen on his reverses), I wish we could see more running after the catch. It seems as if a high percentage of Wallace's receptions occur with him on the ground or going to the ground, even including his two of his three touchdowns. I have to assume that is the result of Mike doing what he needs to do in order to make a catch, and it's very likely that Ben is putting balls in spots low to both protect Wallace across the middle and to keep the ball away from defenders.

There is also the possibility that Wallace just feels more comfortable body-catching than using his hands which would give him a better chance for some RAC yards. He reminds me of watching Deon Butler playing for PSU the last 4 years. He smokes the coverage, makes the catch, and is always on the ground in the process.


But he makes the catch after smoking the coverage. For that, I say


WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

KEEP IT UP MIKE!!!
:tt2

Be careful. Stats are apparently frowned on around here. :roll:

I'll pick a player.

Lamar Woodley.

I have to say I'm a bit disappointed. Sure there was the big play against the Vikings, but that was more of a "look what I found." Keisel was the guy who forced the fumble and created the opportunity. It seems like the dominant play is few and far in-between for Lamarr. I heard he bulked up in the off-season. I was like ... :wft ... He played at 270 last year. How much bigger do you need to be at LB? IMO, if he dropped about 10-15 pounds his play would dramatically improve as the small dropoff in strength would be more than compensated for by the increased footspeed.

Only when people post them thinking they tell the whole story. ;)

flippy
11-11-2009, 08:17 AM
I'll play.

Troy Polamalu

It's time to recognize the real DMVP of the league. Troy is the real difference maker on our team. He's the one player that the other team has to account for and gameplan around.

And we haven't lost a game where Troy has played this season. He makes us a different D.

Troy's stat line is never going to compare to James Harrison, but let's not get hung up on stats. James Harrison being DMVP last year over Troy was similar to Santonio Holmes being SuperBowl MVP over Ben. We all know who's more deserving.

There should be a new stat that's tracked for defensive players and it should be called the polamalu. It should be a stat that tracks freakish athleticism to make plays no one else could. Things like lining up and showing cover 2 and then somehow making a tackle for loss on a RB in the backfield.

All the little things Troy does that don't go on the stat line are the exact things that make him great.

We are in historic times. Enjoy this man. One day he will be remembered as the greatest defender ever to wear the black and gold.

AngryAsian
11-11-2009, 08:47 AM
I don't like the way this athletic trainer has been doing her job. Notice the poor angle of the water bottle, clearly not maximizing the optimum pour/squeeze factor. Plus, though you can't see it from this angle, she's not Asian. :x


http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper854/stills/3e67777e5ab5f-17-1.jpg

SteelAbility
11-11-2009, 08:57 AM
[quote="D Rock":2u0guvuj]alright so we're halfway through the 2009 season. I propose we have posters pick a player and give your analysis on their play so far this season. Get nit-picky. Give kudos. Hate on something that bothers you. It's your call.

Hopefully we get a lot of the team covered and not just the top players. So please, if you know about line play, it would be awesome if you comment on that.



Mike Wallace, 3rd WR

http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/ap_photo/20091018/all/l4082443.jpg

mid-season stats:
Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng YAC 1stD TD
25 437 54.6 17.5 51 3.5 17 3


Wallace has been a very pleasant surprise stepping in and filling the spot as 3rd WR and deep threat vacated by Nate Washington leaving for the Titans. He is on pace for a great rookie season statistically, and has continually beaten DBs deep. Had Ben and Wallace been on the same speed and Wallace not dropped a deep ball, he could probably have 6 or 7 TDs right now.

But for a guy with so much speed and tough running (as seen on his reverses), I wish we could see more running after the catch. It seems as if a high percentage of Wallace's receptions occur with him on the ground or going to the ground, even including his two of his three touchdowns. I have to assume that is the result of Mike doing what he needs to do in order to make a catch, and it's very likely that Ben is putting balls in spots low to both protect Wallace across the middle and to keep the ball away from defenders.

There is also the possibility that Wallace just feels more comfortable body-catching than using his hands which would give him a better chance for some RAC yards. He reminds me of watching Deon Butler playing for PSU the last 4 years. He smokes the coverage, makes the catch, and is always on the ground in the process.


But he makes the catch after smoking the coverage. For that, I say


WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

KEEP IT UP MIKE!!!
:tt2

Be careful. Stats are apparently frowned on around here. :roll:

I'll pick a player.

Lamar Woodley.

I have to say I'm a bit disappointed. Sure there was the big play against the Vikings, but that was more of a "look what I found." Keisel was the guy who forced the fumble and created the opportunity. It seems like the dominant play is few and far in-between for Lamarr. I heard he bulked up in the off-season. I was like ... :wft ... He played at 270 last year. How much bigger do you need to be at LB? IMO, if he dropped about 10-15 pounds his play would dramatically improve as the small dropoff in strength would be more than compensated for by the increased footspeed.

Only when people post them thinking they tell the whole story. ;)[/quote:2u0guvuj]


I'm rather enjoying this flame war. Are you? I figure we need a little comic relief. :wink:

SteelAbility
11-11-2009, 09:01 AM
I'll play.

Troy Polamalu

It's time to recognize the real DMVP of the league. Troy is the real difference maker on our team. He's the one player that the other team has to account for and gameplan around.

And we haven't lost a game where Troy has played this season. He makes us a different D.

Troy's stat line is never going to compare to James Harrison, but let's not get hung up on stats. James Harrison being DMVP last year over Troy was similar to Santonio Holmes being SuperBowl MVP over Ben. We all know who's more deserving.

There should be a new stat that's tracked for defensive players and it should be called the polamalu. It should be a stat that tracks freakish athleticism to make plays no one else could. Things like lining up and showing cover 2 and then somehow making a tackle for loss on a RB in the backfield.

All the little things Troy does that don't go on the stat line are the exact things that make him great.

We are in historic times. Enjoy this man. One day he will be remembered as the greatest defender ever to wear the black and gold.

It's going to be awful difficult to overcome Mean Joe Greene. Dominant from Day 1 to Day Final.

JTP53609
11-11-2009, 10:28 AM
michael vick....

by the end of the season what number will be higher.....

A) murdered dogs
B) passing yards...

D Rock
11-11-2009, 11:40 AM
michael vick....

by the end of the season what number will be higher.....

A) murdered dogs
B) passing yards...

useful post?



no, not really.

Jooser
11-11-2009, 12:01 PM
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss72/jeffseeley/SteelersGame/DSC01934.jpg

Pretty cool thread.

Here I go. I'd like to give a shout out to Trai Essex. When Stapleton went down, there were a lot of questions raised as to how in the world our embattled line would respond. So far, Essex has answered those questions admirably, to say the least. Trai's big body has been a road grater as of late. The Steelers are enjoying great success running on the right side of the line. I know that Colon has been given much of the props so far for that success, as has Kemo for his great job pulling to that side, but Trai has been the anchor over there sealing that side.

I'm not a big stats guru, so I don't know the number of sacks he has been blamed for this season, but from the game's that I've seen (which includes all of them :D ), I can't think of any. Also a plus, is our improvement in the short yardage situations. Mendy has answered a lot of questions in that department by scoring inside the five, but when we run up the middle, it's usually behind number 79.

In all, I think we've all been very shocked in the way the line has been blocking as of late. Without question, Max, Kemo, Hartwig, and Colon have improved their game and have been given praise. But, how about the newcomer, ol' Trai Essex. To say it one last time, he's been a VERY pleasant surprise.

:tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

JTP53609
11-11-2009, 01:31 PM
I don't like the way this athletic trainer has been doing her job. Notice the poor angle of the water bottle, clearly not maximizing the optimum pour/squeeze factor. Plus, though you can't see it from this angle, she's not Asian. :x


http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper854/stills/3e67777e5ab5f-17-1.jpg


she has gotten better though, that was a 2004 shot of jeremy tuman...

papillon
11-11-2009, 01:48 PM
Greg Warren and Stefan Logan

Clearly two of the most significant players on the roster. Their positions require more preparation and skill than any every down player on the roster. They simply can't be replaced by a backup position player due to the complexity of the position that they play. Their skills have been honed over 20 plus years of practice for 2-3 hours per day and you just can't replace that kind of commitment or preparation.

Personally, I'm happy that the Steelers don't use Mewelde Moore as a punt/kick returner and our third down back; I wouldn't want him overworked by playing 20 plays per game. I'd hate to have a guy like Moore returning the punts/kicks that is good at securing the ball and can gain a few yards here and there. Teaching David Johnson how to long snap can't happen, he simply doesn't have 20 years to invest in the skill.

Logan and Warren have been the two most important cogs in the wheel this year. I hope this post is taken for the entertainment value (although, as you know, I believe they are dispensable) that it may or may not provide.

:P

Pappy

JTP53609
11-11-2009, 02:36 PM
well just as long as warren does not get hurt....because you know who our backup long snapper is....i still dont know how a person can snap a football 70 yards....

papillon
11-11-2009, 05:50 PM
well just as long as warren does not get hurt....because you know who our backup long snapper is....i still dont know how a person can snap a football 70 yards....

I'd like to Silverback try again; I bet he'd do just fine this time.

Pappy

stlrz d
11-11-2009, 11:20 PM
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss72/jeffseeley/SteelersGame/DSC01934.jpg

Pretty cool thread.

Here I go. I'd like to give a shout out to Trai Essex. When Stapleton went down, there were a lot of questions raised as to how in the world our embattled line would respond. So far, Essex has answered those questions admirably, to say the least. Trai's big body has been a road grater as of late. The Steelers are enjoying great success running on the right side of the line. I know that Colon has been given much of the props so far for that success, as has Kemo for his great job pulling to that side, but Trai has been the anchor over there sealing that side.

I'm not a big stats guru, so I don't know the number of sacks he has been blamed for this season, but from the game's that I've seen (which includes all of them :D ), I can't think of any. Also a plus, is our improvement in the short yardage situations. Mendy has answered a lot of questions in that department by scoring inside the five, but when we run up the middle, it's usually behind number 79.

In all, I think we've all been very shocked in the way the line has been blocking as of late. Without question, Max, Kemo, Hartwig, and Colon have improved their game and have been given praise. But, how about the newcomer, ol' Trai Essex. To say it one last time, he's been a VERY pleasant surprise.

:tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

SN1, you get a load of this pic? :lol:

Captain Lemming
11-11-2009, 11:33 PM
michael vick....

by the end of the season what number will be higher.....

A) murdered dogs
B) passing yards...

All I know is that he owned us more than his dogs.
Heck the dude suddenly became accurate for some reason.

fordfixer
11-12-2009, 01:43 AM
I don't like the way this athletic trainer has been doing her job. Notice the poor angle of the water bottle, clearly not maximizing the optimum pour/squeeze factor. Plus, though you can't see it from this angle, she's not Asian. :x


http://media.collegepublisher.com/media/paper854/stills/3e67777e5ab5f-17-1.jpg
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll99/fordfixer_2008/steelers.jpg
Ariko Iso.

The 38-year-old Tokyo native, who works for the five-time NFL champions as an athletic trainer, is in the midst of her second Super Bowl experience in her seventh season with the team.


Wrong again Asian :shock: :D :D

RuthlessBurgher
11-12-2009, 02:08 AM
http://www.allfootball247.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/heath-miller21.jpg

This off-season, Heath Miller had hernia surgery for the second time (the first being prior to being picked by the Steelers in the NFL draft). The Steelers could have just waited out the season and given him a modest restricted free agent tender after this season, since he would be an RFA instead of a UFA if there is no new CBA in place (as expected). But instead of getting him for an extra year at the bargain price of roughly $2 million when he was coming off surgery, the team did right by him by giving him a six-year, $35.3 million contract with a $12.5 million signing bonus. How does he repay them? By having the best statistical season (so far) of any TE in Steeler history. Now this old college nickname "Big Money" is appropriate both in terms of his paycheck as well as his on-field performance.

Eric Green led the team in catches with 63 in 1993, but Heath already has 43 catches so far at the halfway point of the season (third most in the league behind Dallas Clark's 60 and Jason Witten's 44). His 4 touchdowns are tied for the team lead. Plus, he is not just a glorified big wideout out there like many of the other TE's that tend to get chosen for the Pro Bowl. He is perhaps the most well-rounded TE in the game in terms of his blocking and receiving ability in a time when TE's seem to be more specialized as either a receiving threat or a blocking threat but rarely both like Heath.

He is not infallible, as evidenced by him allowing Brian Dawkins to penetrate and make a play in our backfield, but he came back from that to seal the edge (pulling along with Chris Kemoeatu) to spring Mendenhall for a big run. He always gives maximum effort, and is a hard guy to bring down, because he keeps those legs a-churnin'. The fans truly appreciate such effort, as evidenced by the ubiquitous "HEEEEEEEEEATH" chants that come down every time he touches the ball (including coming through loud-and-clear on our T.V. sets when we are playing on the road). Truly impressive.

http://thecityofchampions.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/heathtrophykiss.jpg

Lonbull
11-12-2009, 02:51 PM
He always gives maximum effort, and is a hard guy to bring down, because he keeps those legs a-churnin'. The fans truly appreciate such effort,

The thing I appreciate most about Heath is his hustle on every play - if you watch the Denver Fumble return - you'll see Heath Miller sprinting the entire way to try and prevent a TD - obviously he didn't get there - but the guy never quits on a play, and one day he's going to be rewarded for his hustle.

L.B.

Jooser
11-12-2009, 03:35 PM
http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss72/jeffseeley/SteelersGame/DSC01934.jpg

Pretty cool thread.

Here I go. I'd like to give a shout out to Trai Essex. When Stapleton went down, there were a lot of questions raised as to how in the world our embattled line would respond. So far, Essex has answered those questions admirably, to say the least. Trai's big body has been a road grater as of late. The Steelers are enjoying great success running on the right side of the line. I know that Colon has been given much of the props so far for that success, as has Kemo for his great job pulling to that side, but Trai has been the anchor over there sealing that side.

I'm not a big stats guru, so I don't know the number of sacks he has been blamed for this season, but from the game's that I've seen (which includes all of them :D ), I can't think of any. Also a plus, is our improvement in the short yardage situations. Mendy has answered a lot of questions in that department by scoring inside the five, but when we run up the middle, it's usually behind number 79.

In all, I think we've all been very shocked in the way the line has been blocking as of late. Without question, Max, Kemo, Hartwig, and Colon have improved their game and have been given praise. But, how about the newcomer, ol' Trai Essex. To say it one last time, he's been a VERY pleasant surprise.

:tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

SN1, you get a load of this pic? :lol:

HEY!, well I guess it is quite a load, isn't it!?!

D Rock
11-12-2009, 09:20 PM
there's a lotttt of players left....

who's gonna step up and offer some insight?

steelblood
11-13-2009, 08:30 AM
Willie Colon!

First, Willie is developing into a decent pass protector. I was at the Denver game and saw him shut down Dummervil by himself a few times when he switched sides to get away from Starks. Second, he is committing fewer penalties (still an area for improvement). Finally, Willie is becoming a devastating run blocker. He absolutely eliminated his man on at least 10 occasions during the Denver game. In the multiple TE sets, he is often responsible for a down block on run plays. In the last few games, he has made a habit of taking his man 5 to 10 yards out of the play and pancaking him. Willie Colon is a mean, angry man who is earning himself a lot of money with his spirited play as he is about to become a UFA.

I'm not sure if they showed it on TV, but when trainers went out to help Willie when he got hurt briefly at the end of the Denver game, he even started shoving them. That is the type of attitude that wins in the trenches (and sends trainers to the training room).

Djfan
11-15-2009, 02:50 AM
I'll step up:

SWEED!

He's been, well he had that pass last week that, um, he, um, well he. Dang it!

He's good enough, he's smart enough, and dog-gone-it, people like him!