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12-03-2010, 01:14 AM
Analyzing the O-Line: Kemo Doesnít Want to Play with Kyle

Posted on December 2, 2010 by JJ


Mike Tomlin has said many times that heís not looking for style points. In the NFL, wins and losses matter, how you get there is much less important.

If thatís the case, then Sundayís win over the Bills has to count as a success. It was ugly at times ó especially as yellow flags kept flying like confetti at a ticker-tape parade. But this was truly a case of taking good news with the bad.

There was plenty of bad news Ė Chris Kemoeatu had one of the worst games a Steelersí offensive linemen has had in quite a while. Maurkice Pouncey was better, but he struggled as well ó heís very good for a rookie, but if you listen to the TV announcers, you may believe heís Pro Bowl caliber. Heís not yet that good.

At the same time, there are several things to be excited about. The Steelers ran the ball extremely well including one stretch where they ran the ball on eight consecutive plays. If it hadnít been for the penalties, this would have actually been a pretty good performance by the standard of expectations of the Steelers banged-up offensive line. The Steelers held the ball for a massive amount of time ó they ran 90 offensive plays, which is 20-30 more than a normal game.

Hereís a look at how the linemen looked, as graded by watching each player on each play. Each player is judged on whether they contributed to a playís success or were a reason the play could fail.

Player Good Plays Total Plays Pct. Pressures Sacks

Miller Pass 4 5 80.0%
Foster Pass 37 44 84.1% 2 1
Pouncey Pass 37 44 84.1% 3 0.5
Kemoeatu Pass 37 44 84.1% 3 0.5
Flozell Pass 38 44 86.4% 2 1
Scott Pass 38 44 86.4% 3
Johnson Pass 2 2 100%
Moore Pass 4 4 100%
Mendenhall Pass 4 4 100%
Kemoeatu Run 29 46 63.0%
Johnson Run 24 34 70.6%
Essex Run 7 9 77.8%
Pouncey Run 37 46 80.4%
Scott Run 39 48 81.3%
Foster Run 38 46 82.6%
Miller Run 37 43 86.1%
Flozell Run 42 46 91.3%
Redman Run 2 2 100%
Moore Total 4 4 100%
Mendenhall Total 4 4 100%
Redman Total 2 2 100%
Adams Total 80 90 88.9%
Miller Total 41 48 85.4%
Scott Total 77 92 83.7%
Foster Total 75 90 83.3%
Pouncey Total 74 90 82.2%
Essex Total 7 9 77.8%
Kemoeatu Total 66 90 73.3%
Johnson Total 26 36 72.2%

Thereís little to say positive about Chris Kemoeatuís day. Kyle Williams was simply better than him, and very quickly Kemoeatu learned that there wasnít much he could do to stop Williams. There were the holding calls (4), multiple plays where Williams drove Kemoeatu into the backfield (7), struggles to get to the second level to block linebackers (3), missed blocks at the line (5), difficulties executing blocks when he was pulling (2) as well as confusion (1), difficulty sticking his block (1) and a failed cut block (1).

When Trai Essex played this poorly, the Steelers benched him and replaced him with Ramon Foster. It seems highly unlikely that the same thing will happen with Kemoeatu. For one thing, the Steelers just donít have many more options ó if Kemoeatu wasnít strong enough to handle Williams, Williams would have squashed Doug Legursky around like he was an annoying gnat. And for another, unlike Essex, Kemoeatu has a relatively lengthy history of adequate, if unspectacular play which works in his favor.

As mentioned above, Pouncey was not a whole lot better. In Pounceyís case, the big problem was that Williams was too strong for him. He proved very difficult to move, and there were several plays where Williams drove Pouncey back into Roethlisberger.

When you compare Ramon Foster to his fellow interior lineman, he comes out looking OK, even though he was beaten for a sack. Foster wasnít great, but heís done enough in the past two weeks to expect to see him starting the rest of the year. Itís hard to say heís any stronger than Essex, but he is more consistent than the man he replaced.

On the outside, Jonathan Scott was adequate enough. Ben Roethlisberger will have to be ready to scramble at a moments notice as long as Scott is his left tackle, but performances like Sunday (three pressures) are good enough for a backup left tackle filling in.

And at this point, Flozell Adams is a rock of stability. He was beaten for a sack and he still doesnít exactly block to the whistle, but Adamsí strength lets him get away with a lot of things. If you want to see what Iím talking about when mentioning Adamsí amazing strength, check out what he did to a safety on this play ó heís the right tackle so you have to watch the backside of this run. But Adams looks like what a big kid picking on the shrimp at recess here ó itís bad if heís in first grade, itís great when heís an NFL offensive lineman.

David Johnsonís numbers this week donít look all that good, but he did show some impressive blocks filling in for Matt Spaeth. Trai Essexís entry into the game as a tight end meant the Steelers were running ó he wasnít on the field for a pass play ó but at the same time, he did a good job blowing defensive ends off the ball. Putting a 320+ pounder at tight end causes plenty of problems for a defense.

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12-03-2010, 09:20 AM
I like the idea of putting Essex in as an extra OT. I hope that continues to be a fixture of the offense especially this weekend. Even though they used him that way on running plays I hope they expand that on pasing downs to help protect Ben's blindside. Starks is missed greatly.

12-03-2010, 12:06 PM
I read somewhere yesterday that Kemo is playing hurt, multiple injuries.

What I take away from that is that there's potential, IF he has time to heal, for him to play better in the last few weeks.

Got to get a W this week first, though ...

12-03-2010, 02:30 PM
Putting a 320+ pounder at tight end causes plenty of problems for a defense

Please tell this to Bruce Arians.
Miller and Spaeth are only adequate blockers.

12-04-2010, 06:02 PM
how many of you think we should call a bunch of holding penalties on Kemo today?


12-05-2010, 11:53 AM
Sorry Hawaiian. That pic is too funny to not steal. I'm using it, but you get credit for the find.