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hawaiiansteel
09-30-2010, 05:33 PM
looks like Trai Essux will go back to his role as OG/OT swingman...

http://www.donnan.com/images/TC09_Doug-Legursky.jpg


Ed: Legursky Takes Over at RG

THURSDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 15:55 WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE


Chris Hoke did not practice again today. He told me he’ll try tomorrow, but he’s not sure. He has a second-degree sprain of the MCL in his right knee, same degree Byron Leftwich received Sept. 2.

Doug Legursky will remain the starter at right guard not only for this game but coordinator Bruce Arians thinks he can remain there a long time, he said after practice today. He’s not tall, but he’s big enough and knows all about leverage. Trai Essex, who held that job, has not practiced this week because of a sprained ankle.

Did some deep investigative reporting to answer a question many of you have asked: The Steelers will wear their throwback jerseys in two home games, against Cleveland when Ben R. returns and against New England. I hate those things, especially the helmets.

The Steelers are among the few teams who have the coolest current uniforms and no cool old ones, like San Diego and Philadelphia. Of course, they’ve worn these uniforms for 40 years with only slight adjustments. If they must wear throwback uniforms, I’d like to see them wear those from the 1970s with the squared numerals rather than the woosie rounded ones they have worn for the past 15 years or so.

http://ht.ly/19ewE5

Crash
09-30-2010, 05:42 PM
Did some deep investigative reporting to answer a question many of you have asked: The Steelers will wear their throwback jerseys in two home games, against Cleveland when Ben R. returns and against New England. I hate those things, especially the helmets.

I guess Ed finally picked up his 10 day old Steeler Digest

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13637&p=167364&hilit=Ravens#p167364 (http://www.planetsteelers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13637&p=167364&hilit=Ravens#p167364)

flippy
09-30-2010, 05:43 PM
I love it.

We're running right. Everyone knows it. And no one's gonna stop it.

Stewie
09-30-2010, 06:17 PM
From Miller's Crossing, Tom:

"I never say that [I told you so], and I don't respect people who do. I told you so."

birtikidis
09-30-2010, 06:24 PM
cool old uniforms like philadelphia... is he talking about those ugly a$$ blue ones? i actually like our throwbacks.. even the helmet. not as great as SD's, but close.

Sugar
09-30-2010, 06:59 PM
I hate our throwback uni's too. I'm also no fan of the block numerals, but they would be OK for a throwback uni since they look so dated.

I like the Steelers look, but I'd love to see some real ideas for a different one. I've seen some cool uni's out there and would love to see what a creative person could do for the B&G.

sd steel
09-30-2010, 10:59 PM
I hate our throwback uni's too. I'm also no fan of the block numerals, but they would be OK for a throwback uni since they look so dated.

I like the Steelers look, but I'd love to see some real ideas for a different one. I've seen some cool uni's out there and would love to see what a creative person could do for the B&G.

Blasphemy!

Sugar
09-30-2010, 11:39 PM
I hate our throwback uni's too. I'm also no fan of the block numerals, but they would be OK for a throwback uni since they look so dated.

I like the Steelers look, but I'd love to see some real ideas for a different one. I've seen some cool uni's out there and would love to see what a creative person could do for the B&G.

Blasphemy!

:?: :?

pepsyman1
09-30-2010, 11:47 PM
I love it.

We're running right. Everyone knows it. And no one's gonna stop it.

Like the Redskins running Riggins on that counter trey to the left side in the early 80's. It didn't matter how many times they ran it, no one stopped it.

MeetJoeGreene
09-30-2010, 11:57 PM
I like this decision. Never a fan of Essux...

stlrz d
10-01-2010, 12:33 AM
cool old uniforms like philadelphia... is he talking about those ugly a$$ blue ones? i actually like our throwbacks.. even the helmet. not as great as SD's, but close.

No, he's referring to those green ones they recently wore. I like them too.

I hate our throwbacks.

I hate Renegade too. It's a throwback song so it's appropriate that I hate it.

And come to think of it, I hate the term "throwback".

fordfixer
10-01-2010, 12:42 AM
Legursky may keep Essex on the bench
September 30th, 2010

http://blog.triblive.com/view-from-the- ... ox+Blog%29 (http://blog.triblive.com/view-from-the-press-box/2010/09/30/legursky-may-keep-essex-on-the-bench/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+triblive%2Fblog%2FViewFromThe PressBox+%28View+from+the+Press+Box+Blog%29)

Look for Doug Legursky to get another start at right guard Sunday when the Steelers and Ravens renew their rivalry at Heinz Field.

Essex, who sprained his left ankle two weeks ago against the Titans, did not practice again Thursday. What’s more the Steelers don’t appear to be rushing Essex back from his injury.

That is how much they like Legursky.

“It’s like Casey Hampton said, if he’s 6-4, he’s in the Pro Bowl,” Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said of Legursky. “Everybody says he’s little just because he’s short but he’s 320 (pounds). He has great hand placement and knows how to play the game. He’s just a good football player.”

When asked if Legursky is the kind of player that might seize an opportunity created by an injury, Arians smiled.

“I wouldn’t surprised if he’s in (the starting lineup) for a long time,” Arians said.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was also a bit cryptic Tuesday when asked about Legursky’s play in Tampa Bay.

“I think that’s one of the reasons why Trai is feeling better,” Tomlin said.

Reading between the lines of what both Tomlin and Arians said, it is pretty clear that Essex is going to have to win his starting job back when he is healthy.

Speaking of Arians, he is as forthright at coaches come, which is why he always draws a crowd for his weekly Q&A sessions with reporters.

One question he would not touch Thursday: Ben Roethlisberger’s imminent return.

Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy ends at Sunday’s game. He is expected to be at the Steelers’ practice facility Monday.

“I’ll hold on that (question) until Monday because there’s nothing that’s taking away from the Ravens,” Arians said. “I haven’t even thought about it because of where we are in the week. It’s Thursday of Ravens week. When Monday comes I’ll probably smile.”

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
10-01-2010, 08:37 AM
What I like most about this is...This could change our handing on the offense. To have a RG with pulling ability can open up manu counters. Essex at least tried but he couldn't get around the corner until the whistle already blew.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
10-01-2010, 08:45 AM
Here's what I don't get - if Legs is so much quicker/better than Essex, why wasn't this noticed in practice? Why was Essex starting?

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
10-01-2010, 09:15 AM
Here's what I don't get - if Legs is so much quicker/better than Essex, why wasn't this noticed in practice? Why was Essex starting?

From what the coaches led us to believe, It was to help the transition with Adams. It was also reported that when they settled on Pouncey at C, they felt the intelligence of Essex would help in the development process of Pouncey making all the calls.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
10-01-2010, 09:18 AM
Here's what I don't get - if Legs is so much quicker/better than Essex, why wasn't this noticed in practice? Why was Essex starting?

From what the coaches led us to believe, It was to help the transition with Adams. It was also reported that when they settled on Pouncey at C, they felt the intelligence of Essex would help in the development process of Pouncey making all the calls.

That makes sense, thanks JPN. So, now that Pouncey is smart, and Hotel is on board ... ?

Actually, I kind of doubt Pouncey is that smart - I think we'll miss Essex's experience in one or two important plays at least this coming week. Hopefully they won't be TOO important ...

flippy
10-01-2010, 09:29 AM
I think we'll miss Essex's experience in one or two important plays at least this coming week. Hopefully they won't be TOO important ...

Essex won't be missed at all. Bronco and Adams were destroying guys in Tampa and I see no reason that won't continue. We're gonna run right a bunch and Kemo and Redman are gonna get some shots to light up Ray Lewis.

Pouncey, Bronco, and Hotel are moving defenders like the 3 linemen they replaced just couldn't.

Mendy should be having some big gains to the right for the rest of this season.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
10-01-2010, 09:32 AM
I think we'll miss Essex's experience in one or two important plays at least this coming week. Hopefully they won't be TOO important ...

Essex won't be missed at all. Bronco and Adams were destroying guys in Tampa and I see no reason that won't continue. We're gonna run right a bunch and Kemo and Redman are gonna get some shots to light up Ray Lewis.

Pouncey, Bronco, and Hotel are moving defenders like the 3 linemen they replaced just couldn't.

Mendy should be having some big gains to the right for the rest of this season.

I hope you're right! I wasn't talking physically though, more knowing how to adjust if/when the Ravens come up with a new confusing defensive scheme. CB will pay the price for a blown O-line assignment. Anyway, it is what it is ... go Legs!

flippy
10-01-2010, 09:37 AM
I hear ya. But Essex doesn't have any significant time working with Pouncey and Adams so I think it's relatively insignificant.

Stewie
10-01-2010, 09:41 AM
Just put the best player on the field!!!!!!

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
10-01-2010, 09:42 AM
Here's what I don't get - if Legs is so much quicker/better than Essex, why wasn't this noticed in practice? Why was Essex starting?

From what the coaches led us to believe, It was to help the transition with Adams. It was also reported that when they settled on Pouncey at C, they felt the intelligence of Essex would help in the development process of Pouncey making all the calls.

That makes sense, thanks JPN. So, now that Pouncey is smart, and Hotel is on board ... ?

Actually, I kind of doubt Pouncey is that smart - I think we'll miss Essex's experience in one or two important plays at least this coming week. Hopefully they won't be TOO important ...
I would say Pouncey is pretty intelligent in a football sense. I don't know how he was academically at Florida.

I think this will end up being one of thsoe stories we always hear. Legursky would have been a role player this year. Essex was in the plan to solidify the right side & help Pouncey. His injury opened the door & foiled the plan. The talent & heart of Legursky gets noticed because Pouncey impresses & Adams settles in. The next chapter begins.

Legursky is just an old school OL. A technician by lack of stature but more than makes up for it by strength, hand placement, & heart. Those attributes give him incredible leverage. Combine that with his agility & short area quickness...You get a pretty capable G/C. Experience can only help him grow. The one thing I like about Legursky is he isn't afraid to go to the last page of the manual to get the job done. If he has to repeatedly swat to break a defenders grasp to get hand placement, go to the ground to finish, or bite the guys ankle in the pile....He will work to win his individual battle. That's a trait that gives any OL a chance to succeed in this league.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
10-01-2010, 09:51 AM
I hear ya. But Essex doesn't have any significant time working with Pouncey and Adams so I think it's relatively insignificant.

I think you are correct. I think it helped in camp to understand assignments with Adams, but eventually it is tough for the "teacher to learn from the student" if you will. Adams is an accomplished vet and once he settles in the best player needs to be on the field. Pouncey is just leap years ahead of where they expected him to be so Essex's production or lack there of really should have been the consideration. Essex was pretty good at run blocking but I noticed in the first 2 games that Pouncey's peripheral vision in pass pro & his ability to bounce back between Kemo & Essex helped hold the front of the pocket many a times when a DL was coming free...Making Essex better.

anger 82&95
10-01-2010, 09:57 AM
[quote=SanAntonioSteelerFan]Here's what I don't get - if Legs is so much quicker/better than Essex, why wasn't this noticed in practice? Why was Essex starting?

From what the coaches led us to believe, It was to help the transition with Adams. It was also reported that when they settled on Pouncey at C, they felt the intelligence of Essex would help in the development process of Pouncey making all the calls.

That makes sense, thanks JPN. So, now that Pouncey is smart, and Hotel is on board ... ?

Actually, I kind of doubt Pouncey is that smart - I think we'll miss Essex's experience in one or two important plays at least this coming week. Hopefully they won't be TOO important ...
I would say Pouncey is pretty intelligent in a football sense. I don't know how he was academically at Florida.

I think this will end up being one of thsoe stories we always hear. Legursky would have been a role player this year. Essex was in the plan to solidify the right side & help Pouncey. His injury opened the door & foiled the plan. The talent & heart of Legursky gets noticed because Pouncey impresses & Adams settles in. The next chapter begins.

Legursky is just an old school OL. A technician by lack of stature but more than makes up for it by strength, hand placement, & heart. Those attributes give him incredible leverage. Combine that with his agility & short area quickness...You get a pretty capable G/C. Experience can only help him grow. The one thing I like about Legursky is he isn't afraid to go to the last page of the manual to get the job done. If he has to repeatedly swat to break a defenders grasp to get hand placement, go to the ground to finish, or bite the guys ankle in the pile....He will work to win his individual battle. That's a trait that gives any OL a chance to succeed in this league.[/quote:7zhd0z61]
He’s worked hard to get his shot, and the ability to ankle-bite like Gollum just illustrates his tenacity.

aggiebones
10-01-2010, 11:19 AM
I don't see this as Legs being SOOOO much better that the staff was holding him back. He's young and maybe is just now getting the full picture in the NFL. Maybe he's been playing VERY close to Essex and maybe even slightly better, but not better enough to make a switch.
When coaches suspect a guy might be a tiny bit better than a current starter, tey don't make that switch until they've seen it in live fashion. They can't lose a game while trying guys out during the season.
I don't think Legs is gonna set the world on fire. But maybe he gives us an extra half yard here and there and maybe it will add up.
I for one was wrong about him. Not so much him, I just didn't think he was gonna be able to dodge the Turk so much on cut day over the last couple years with such a tight roster. Its hard to cut a guy with alot of potential for a guy that may just peak as an average RG. And that's likely what Legs will be. But they did it and it seems to be working out.

MeetJoeGreene
10-01-2010, 11:49 AM
I think we'll miss Essex's experience in one or two important plays at least this coming week. Hopefully they won't be TOO important ...

Essex won't be missed at all. Bronco and Adams were destroying guys in Tampa and I see no reason that won't continue. We're gonna run right a bunch and Kemo and Redman are gonna get some shots to light up Ray Lewis.

Pouncey, Bronco, and Hotel are moving defenders like the 3 linemen they replaced just couldn't.
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:Agree :Agree :Clap :tt1

There it is.. now.. its been only one game w/ Bronco, but I hope he continues his performance and improvement..becuase when the play together more and gel.. watch out!

feltdizz
10-01-2010, 12:02 PM
I don't see this as Legs being SOOOO much better that the staff was holding him back. He's young and maybe is just now getting the full picture in the NFL. Maybe he's been playing VERY close to Essex and maybe even slightly better, but not better enough to make a switch.
When coaches suspect a guy might be a tiny bit better than a current starter, tey don't make that switch until they've seen it in live fashion. They can't lose a game while trying guys out during the season.
I don't think Legs is gonna set the world on fire. But maybe he gives us an extra half yard here and there and maybe it will add up.
I for one was wrong about him. Not so much him, I just didn't think he was gonna be able to dodge the Turk so much on cut day over the last couple years with such a tight roster. Its hard to cut a guy with alot of potential for a guy that may just peak as an average RG. And that's likely what Legs will be. But they did it and it seems to be working out.

Maybe Kugs saw something LZ didn't? I think in the next year or 2 we will see all new faces on the OL (besides Pouncey)

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
10-01-2010, 12:28 PM
I don't see this as Legs being SOOOO much better that the staff was holding him back. He's young and maybe is just now getting the full picture in the NFL. Maybe he's been playing VERY close to Essex and maybe even slightly better, but not better enough to make a switch.
When coaches suspect a guy might be a tiny bit better than a current starter, tey don't make that switch until they've seen it in live fashion. They can't lose a game while trying guys out during the season.
I don't think Legs is gonna set the world on fire. But maybe he gives us an extra half yard here and there and maybe it will add up.
I for one was wrong about him. Not so much him, I just didn't think he was gonna be able to dodge the Turk so much on cut day over the last couple years with such a tight roster. Its hard to cut a guy with alot of potential for a guy that may just peak as an average RG. And that's likely what Legs will be. But they did it and it seems to be working out.

Maybe Kugs saw something LZ didn't? I think in the next year or 2 we will see all new faces on the OL (besides Pouncey)
How about 2 guys with the same face? :wink:[attachment=0:1wleiako]POUNCEYS.jpg[/attachment:1wleiako]
How far can the apple fall from the tree?

RuthlessBurgher
10-01-2010, 12:29 PM
He’s worked hard to get his shot, and the ability to ankle-bite like Gollum just illustrates his tenacity.

As long as his "precious" is a Super Bowl ring, that is fine with me. :wink:

cruzer8
10-01-2010, 02:58 PM
I don't see this as Legs being SOOOO much better that the staff was holding him back. He's young and maybe is just now getting the full picture in the NFL. Maybe he's been playing VERY close to Essex and maybe even slightly better, but not better enough to make a switch.
When coaches suspect a guy might be a tiny bit better than a current starter, tey don't make that switch until they've seen it in live fashion. They can't lose a game while trying guys out during the season.
I don't think Legs is gonna set the world on fire. But maybe he gives us an extra half yard here and there and maybe it will add up.
I for one was wrong about him. Not so much him, I just didn't think he was gonna be able to dodge the Turk so much on cut day over the last couple years with such a tight roster. Its hard to cut a guy with alot of potential for a guy that may just peak as an average RG. And that's likely what Legs will be. But they did it and it seems to be working out.

Maybe Kugs saw something LZ didn't? I think in the next year or 2 we will see all new faces on the OL (besides Pouncey)
How about 2 guys with the same face? :wink:[attachment=0:1kkrkaak]POUNCEYS.jpg[/attachment:1kkrkaak]
How far can the apple fall from the tree?

I'm not sure which one is on the left, but every time I see that picture I can't help but think sling blade and/or bubba (from forrest gump).

hawaiiansteel
10-06-2010, 03:47 PM
personally, I would like to see Legursky continue to start while Essex returns to his OG/OT swingman role...



Hoke, Essex hoping to return for game against Browns

By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

http://files.pittsburghlive.com/photos/2010-10-05/essex-a.jpg

›› Nose tackle Chris Hoke and right guard Trai Essex are targeting Oct. 17 as their return date. Essex hasn't played since the second game of the season because of a high ankle sprain. Hoke is recovering from a sprained knee and didn't play this past Sunday. They will benefit from the bye. "I should be ready," Hoke said of the Steelers' Oct. 17 game against the Browns. "You like to have bye weeks later in the year. For me, it's come at a good time." Essex, who is planning on practicing next week, agreed. "The bye came at a perfect time if I was going to be hurt," Essex said. "I'm actually recovering faster than I thought." Doug Legursky has started the last two games at right guard and has been lauded by the coaches for his play. When asked if he will have to win his job back from Legursky, Essex said, "I'm going to come in as if I'm starting (again). I'd like to think you don't lose your starting job to injury."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 02857.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_702857.html)

RuthlessBurgher
10-06-2010, 04:23 PM
personally, I would like to see Legursky continue to start while Essex returns to his OG/OT swingman role...



Hoke, Essex hoping to return for game against Browns

By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

http://files.pittsburghlive.com/photos/2010-10-05/essex-a.jpg

›› Nose tackle Chris Hoke and right guard Trai Essex are targeting Oct. 17 as their return date. Essex hasn't played since the second game of the season because of a high ankle sprain. Hoke is recovering from a sprained knee and didn't play this past Sunday. They will benefit from the bye. "I should be ready," Hoke said of the Steelers' Oct. 17 game against the Browns. "You like to have bye weeks later in the year. For me, it's come at a good time." Essex, who is planning on practicing next week, agreed. "The bye came at a perfect time if I was going to be hurt," Essex said. "I'm actually recovering faster than I thought." Doug Legursky has started the last two games at right guard and has been lauded by the coaches for his play. When asked if he will have to win his job back from Legursky, Essex said, "I'm going to come in as if I'm starting (again). I'd like to think you don't lose your starting job to injury."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 02857.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_702857.html)

No, you lose your job because the guy that replaced you is better than you. End of story.

RuthlessBurgher
10-06-2010, 04:24 PM
I'm not sure which one is on the left, but every time I see that picture I can't help but think sling blade and/or bubba (from forrest gump).

Maurkice wore 56 at Florida. Mike wears 55.

eniparadoxgma
10-06-2010, 04:36 PM
From Miller's Crossing, Tom:

"I never say that [I told you so], and I don't respect people who do. I told you so."

One of my favorite flicks.

ALWAYS PUT ONE IN THE BRAIN!

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/5054/82043679.jpg (http://img408.imageshack.us/i/82043679.jpg/)

RuthlessBurgher
10-07-2010, 03:19 PM
I thought that Miller's Crossing was when Heath ran a slant over the middle?

Either that, or him giving a poor Browns DB a right cross like this:

http://www.steelersgab.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/heath-miller-300x182.jpg

hawaiiansteel
10-23-2010, 08:49 PM
Analyzing the O-Line: Legursky Was Good and Bad

Posted on October 22, 2010 by JJ


Five weeks into the 2010 season, the Steelers offensive line has been better than expected. Flozell Adams looked like a decrepit old man during the preseason, but once the regular season started, he quickly turned into a solid right tackle.

Maurkice Pouncey has made every Steelers fan forget about Justin Hartwig (and Sean Mahan) and start remembering that the Steelers used to have the best lineage of centers in the league.

And all of a sudden, 3rd-and-1 isn’t really a problem. It just means a handoff to Issac Redman and a first down. That’s partly because of Redman’s ability, but it also is a credit to this line.

Now that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of things that could be better, but five games into the season, there’s more to be happy about than unhappy about with this o-line.

I’m changing the format for this week’s o-line breakdown. Feel free to comment if you liked the old format. I’m not changing how I compile the results — I still grade each play as a good or bad play for each blocker on the play — I’m just leaving out the long list of play by play descriptions because at some point seeing “good play” or “solid block” seems to get repetitive. I will break down each player’s bad plays in the text to still explain where the problems came in.

Before we wade in to the detail for each player, here’s what the line looked like on pass plays.

Player Good Blocks Total Pct
Flozell Adams 25 25 1.000
Ramon Foster 4 4 1.000
David Johnson 2 2 1.000
Heath Miller 9 9 1.000
Issac Redman 4 4 1.000
Maurkice Pouncey 27 28 .964
Chris Kemoeatu 25 27 .926
Rashard Mendenhall 5 6 .833
Matt Spaeth 5 6 .833
Max Starks 24 29 .828
Jonathan Scott 3 4 .750
Doug Legursky 19 26 .731
Mewelde Moore 1 3 .333

And here’s what they looked like on run plays.

Player Good Blocks Total Plays Pct
Legursky 30 33 .909
Spaeth 25 28 .893
Miller 30 34 .882
Pouncey 30 34 .882
Kemoeatu 25 32 .781
Starks 26 34 .765
Foster 3 4 .750
Adams 23 31 .742
Johnson 9 13 .692
Redman 4 6 .667
Scott 2 3 .667

And here’s how they graded out overall.

Player Good Blocks Total Plays Pct.
Pouncey 57 62 .919
Miller 39 43 .907
Spaeth 30 34 .882
Foster 7 8 .875
Adams 48 56 .857
Kemoeatu 50 59 .847
Mendenhall 5 6 .833
Legursky 49 59 .831
Redman 8 10 .800
Starks 50 63 .794
Johnson 11 15 .733
Scott 5 7 .714
Moore 1 3 .333

There are several interesting results in here, but none was more interesting to me than Legursky’s game.

Doug Legursky: When it came to run blocking, Legursky was a beast. Against the Browns, Legursky was excellent at his assigned role, which largely consisted of doubling to help block Maurkice Pouncey’s or Flozell Adams’ man before peeling off to block a linebacker. Legursky’s agility in that role is quite apparent. He understands angles well, which allows him to stuff linemen, too. Legursky’s only bad plays in run blocking were completely understandable. A couple of times the inside linebacker Legursky was assigned to block read the play quickly enough to get to the line before Legursky could get out to block him.

But when it came to pass blocking, Legursky was close to a disaster. The Browns’ 3-4 defense made Legursky’s job in run blocking easier — he was almost always uncovered so he could use his agility to get out to the second level to block linebackers. But the fact that he was uncovered meant he also had to recognize who was blitzing and who wasn’t in pass blocking. That proved to be a problem.

By my count, the Steelers pass blockers could be blamed for 16 quarterback pressures against the Browns (more than one pressure could be recorded on a play). Legursky was responsible for six of them. No one else was responsible for more than two.

Twice Legursky failed to see a linebacker shooting the gap quick enough to get over and block him. Once he was simply driven into the backfield by a bull rush. Once he was in a hurry to get out on a screen pass, so he let his man go through completely unblocked — that one is questionable, as maybe that’s what he was told to do, but usually linemen are asked to block the man lined up over them — even if just briefly — partly to add to the deception of the screen and partly to ensure that, like happened on this play, the rusher doesn’t get to the quarterback before the screen pass can develop.

Legursky was also beaten off the snap one time in what should have led to a sack (Ben Roethlisberger somehow dodge the rusher), and on one play he just couldn’t hold his block long enough.

Flozell Adams: Adams has been a source of a lot of conversations among Steelers fans all season, but if he plays like he did on Sunday, no one can complain.

By my count, Adams was perfect in pass blocking. There wasn’t one play where his man beat him to pressure Roethlisberger. There were several plays where the defensive end or linebacker he was blocking simply gave up. Adams will face a tougher test this weekend against the Dolphins, but this was everything you could ask for in a right tackle as a pass blocker.

In run blocking, Adams was only OK. He’s more of a straight-line player than a guy with much lateral movement, so there was one play where he fired out of his stance to drive his man into next week. The only problem was there was no one there, so he just kept going. He was churning his legs, but he didn’t slide to go pick anyone up. Instead he just fiercely blocked air.

There were two more plays where Adams kind of looked around but blocked no one — that’s fewer than his usual quota of three to four of those plays. He also had a play where the defensive end beat him to the inside to disrupt a running play, another where the defensive end quickly shed his block, a pair of plays where he was surprisingly driven into the backfield and another where he fell down.

Maurkice Pouncey: Israel P., one of our SL readers, has made the point that we all may not be giving Pouncey enough credit for what he’s doing. After watching what he did on Sunday, I’m in complete agreement. Playing against a 3-4 defense, Pouncey’s play is crucial to the success of the running game. If he couldn’t handle the nose tackle, then the Steelers would be incapable of running up the middle. Generally, Pouncey handled his man.

I counted three running plays when Ahtyba Rubin “beat” Pouncey. Twice that was by clogging the hole, and once it was by shedding Pouncey’s block. Rubin ended up with eight total tackles, but the majority of those were several yards downfield, which means Pouncey was doing his job. Pouncey also had one play where he struggled to find anyone to block. In pass blocking, Pouncey was beaten for one pressure.

Max Starks: This wasn’t Starks best game. In run blocking he seemed a step slow at times. He was beaten to the inside three different times on running plays, and he also struggled to stay locked on to his man — he had three plays where his blocked his man, but then let him go too quickly, which allowed his man to help make the tackle.

In pass blocking, Starks was adequate. Nothing more, nothing less. He only gave up two pressures, so he wasn’t awful, but he had a tight end or a running back on his side to help out frequently. He had trouble sticking his block on two occassions (which led to the two pressures), struggled once to keep up with a spin move, was late to pick up a stunting lineman on a handoff once and gave a poor cut block that didn’t do much to slow his man.

Chris Kemoeatu: For a long time, the scouting report on Kemoeatu has been that he struggles with assignments, but put a man ahead of him to hit and he may drive him into Tuesday. At this point, the light bulb, as far as his assignments, seems to have come on. In four of the first five games of the season, Kemoeatu has graded out at 87 percent or better. He’s shown a solid ability to block linebackers as well as linemen, and even his problems in blocking have been more minor ones rather than significant blown assignments.

Like Legursky, Kemoeatu spent a good bit of time on Sunday trying to block linebackers. And generally he did a good job of velcroing himself to the smaller, quicker backers. In pass blocking he gave up two pressures. One of those came when a cornerback blitz distracted him from noticing a linebacker leaking through unblocked. The other came when he was simply driven into the backfield.

In run blocking five of Kemoeatu’s six poor blocks came when he made an initial blow, but failed to maintain his block on a defender. You can fault him for not locking his man up, but he always seemed to know who he was supposed to block. He had several standout blocks in the running game as well, including a couple of blocks that opened up wide holes for Rashard Mendenhall.

Ramon Foster: Because of minor injuries to Legursky and Kemoeatu, and one goal line play where Legursky moved to fullback, Foster got to take eight snaps. He was called for holding on his first play of the game, but after that awful start, Foster didn’t make another mistake. He showed the ability to pull on one running play, but his best block of the game came when he entered the game in a goal line situation. Foster teamed with Flozell Adams to drive the left side of the Browns’ line into the end zone.

Jonathan Scott: Like Foster, Scott got seven snaps in place of Adams. Because he was beaten once around the edge for a pressure, you can’t say he was Adams’ equal in pass blocking (Adams didn’t allow a pressure), and he was also beaten inside on one running play, but overall it was an OK effort by Scott in a limited role.

That does it for the linemen, now lets look at the backs and tight ends.

Heath Miller: The return of Roethlisberger didn’t mean the end of Miller’s role as a pass blocker. He still blocked on nine of the Steelers’ 27 pass plays. There aren’t many Pro Bowl tight ends asked to block on 33 percent of a team’s passes, but hey, he did a good job of it: he didn’t blow one of those blocks.

In the running game, this was a good effort for Miller and Matt Spaeth. Facing a 3-4 defense makes their job a little easier. The Steelers’ base running formation usually has the two lined up side-by-side on one side of the line (usually the right side). Against a 4-3, one of the two tight ends (usually Spaeth) is often asked to block a defensive end. Against a 3-4, the defensive end is lined up in in either the three (between the guard and tackle) or five (head-up on the tackle) technique. That means the tight end is asked to block an outside linebacker, which is a better matchup as far as size and strength.

Miller’s only problem in run blocking came when linebackers shed his block to make a tackle or disrupt a run. That happened on four of Miller’s 34 run blocks, which is still quite good.

Matt Spaeth: I know I write it every week, but Spaeth’s improvement is making a serious difference in the running game. Not only does he show better strength and leg drive, but he clearly gets it. He blocks to the whistle and is developing a nice nasty streak where he’s clearly pissing off linebackers with his effort. If your opponent thinks you’re annoying and you’re not blindly cut-blocking them or blind-siding them after the whistle (both dirty techniques), it’s probably a good sign that you’re doing a good job.

Spaeth did give up one pressure, and in the running game twice he failed to drive his man off the line (and once failed to maintain his block), but overall it was an excellent game for the most-improved Steeler.

David Johnson: Johnson and Redman continue to share the fullback job. Johnson played fullback on nice snaps by my count where he was asked to block, while Redman blocked on six plays as a fullback (Redman also had several carries from the fullback position). Johnson has shown some signs that he’s getting more comfortable at what is still a new role for him. As a fullback this week, he successfully executed seven of nine blocks. The two plays where he struggled came when he once was stacked up in the hole by a linebacker (usually that happens when a fullback blocks too high) and another where he just missed his target. But he also made some nice blocks on linebackers, and unlike past weeks, Mendenhall actually followed him through the hole a couple of times.

As a tight end, he was shed by a defender twice, but otherwise he should an ability to turn his man or push the pile.

Issac Redman: Speaking of Redman, I enjoy watching him play more and more. Partly that’s because he’s a hard-nosed player, but it’s also because he seems to have a better understanding of what to do at fullback nearly every week. He seems to understand blocking angles and how to set up the tailback with his block, and he’s excellent in blitz pickup. The only problem he had came on a pair of poor cut blocks.

Rashard Mendenhall: Speaking of a back who understands blitz pickup, Mendenhall was great at it again on Sunday. Mendenhall shows a willingness to throw his body at anyone to help save his quarterback, and he does an excellent job of recognizing where the blitz is coming from. His only bad play was really as much the fault of the play call as it was his block. On Mike Wallace’s 50-yard catch, Mendenhall was asked to fake a handoff. When that was over, he tried to get over to block a blitzing cornerback, but the play fake had given him a nearly impossible angle to block a speeding cornerback coming from the outside.

Mewelde Moore: I actually like Mewelde Moore. If you look back deep in the FanHouse archives, you’ll see that I have been one of Moore’s biggest proponents. That being said, I don’t want to see him playing as a third-down back for the Steelers these days.

I can see the reason to get Mendenhall out of the game — he has to take a break at some point — but Pittsburgh asks its running backs to block more than catch passes out of the backfield. And when it comes to pass blocking, Moore isn’t the equal of Mendenhall or Redman.

It’s not really Moore’s fault. In the past two years, I’ve rarely seen him fail to recognize who to block. But because of his limited size and strength, he sometimes gets overpowered. We saw that again on Sunday. Twice he found a linebacker to block, laid into him and then found himself being pushed aside as the linebacker generated pressure on Roethlisberger.

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NorthCoast
10-24-2010, 09:05 AM
I loved Moore in his role from a couple years ago, but I think this offense has moved on and he needs to move on. As the writer said, even if Moore recognizes the blitzer, he is just woeful at getting an effective block.
For all of Legursky's faults, I think he is a definite upgrade over Essux, who I think has more holes in his game than my teen's jeans. The positive on Legursky is that it is not a strength issue and he can get better at his assignment pickups with more experience.

I don't think it can be overstated how much of an effect Kugler has had on getting this unit ready. Sad how long we had to put up with the porn-mailer. Buffalo has to be kicking themselves right now.

Oviedo
10-24-2010, 09:18 AM
I loved Moore in his role from a couple years ago, but I think this offense has moved on and he needs to move on. As the writer said, even if Moore recognizes the blitzer, he is just woeful at getting an effective block.
For all of Legursky's faults, I think he is a definite upgrade over Essux, who I think has more holes in his game than my teen's jeans. The positive on Legursky is that it is not a strength issue and he can get better at his assignment pickups with more experience.

I don't think it can be overstated how much of an effect Kugler has had on getting this unit ready. Sad how long we had to put up with the porn-mailer. Buffalo has to be kicking themselves right now.

Like ARE, Moore is probably past his "sell by" date. I'd like to hope that Dwyer is developing enough to the point that he can start to get into the line up in the second half of the season. Moore just seems to have lost too much.

Chadman
10-24-2010, 09:25 AM
The Steelers OL is looking pretty good, all things considered.

Pouncey is everything he was advertised to be, Kemo seems to be playing up to the level required, Starks is playing at about his level- which is ok to good, Adams is doing what was asked of him & Legursky is doing pretty well for a guy that many had written off in Training Camp.

Chadman looks at it like this- the line is young enough to be pretty stable for a few years, with Adams being the obvious exception- but he'll be replaced by Colon next season anyway. The Steelers Offensive playcalling seems to now be better suited to the Steelers OL capabilities too- more 'smash em up' style blocking, which fits this big, lumbering group, not the zone blocking that they could never really grasp.

Looking forward, Chadman feels the inside 3, but if we add Ramon Foster, we'll say inside 4, are good enough moving forward to be the Steelers returnerning guys next year. Not sure if another payer is 'needed' in there, particularly when Trai Exxes is still around too. At OT, Adams will likely be gone, Colon back giving the Steelers Starks, Colon, Hills & Scott. It's quite possible that the Steelers start looking for an eventual replacement to Starks sooner rather than later- so a rookie OT to replace Hills/Scott next season looks about right.

Oviedo
10-24-2010, 09:38 AM
The Steelers OL is looking pretty good, all things considered.

Pouncey is everything he was advertised to be, Kemo seems to be playing up to the level required, Starks is playing at about his level- which is ok to good, Adams is doing what was asked of him & Legursky is doing pretty well for a guy that many had written off in Training Camp.

Chadman looks at it like this- the line is young enough to be pretty stable for a few years, with Adams being the obvious exception- but he'll be replaced by Colon next season anyway. The Steelers Offensive playcalling seems to now be better suited to the Steelers OL capabilities too- more 'smash em up' style blocking, which fits this big, lumbering group, not the zone blocking that they could never really grasp.

Looking forward, Chadman feels the inside 3, but if we add Ramon Foster, we'll say inside 4, are good enough moving forward to be the Steelers returnerning guys next year. Not sure if another payer is 'needed' in there, particularly when Trai Exxes is still around too. At OT, Adams will likely be gone, Colon back giving the Steelers Starks, Colon, Hills & Scott. It's quite possible that the Steelers start looking for an eventual replacement to Starks sooner rather than later- so a rookie OT to replace Hills/Scott next season looks about right.

Not sure Colon will be back. Injury and looking for more money may conspire to make the Steelers decide he needs to be let go. IMO Adams is doing better than Colon ever did at RT and may have one more year left which would allow us to draft a rookie OT.

cfc107
10-24-2010, 11:51 AM
Legursky gets the start. Essex is inactive.

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