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flippy
08-23-2012, 05:55 AM
Anyone think Colon could help propel Max Starks into a Pro Bowl caliber season?

Max has been consistently solid against a ton of great pass rushers (except Aldon Smith). And he's been playing many years next to a knucklehead G who never consistently helped Max be better. I have a feeling Colon's going to be an All Pro G. And I think it's going to help Max play better when he gets back.

Oviedo
08-23-2012, 07:54 AM
If Starks is healthy, playing next to Colon wil be benficial because he will not forced to choose between his man and helping Kemo who failed to block his man. Colon will be a very good OG.

BradshawsHairdresser
08-24-2012, 08:55 AM
I think you could just as well ask, "Will Colon be better next to Starks?"

I hope Colon will be good at LG. He has one preseason game in which he looked decent. He sure never impressed me at RT (and I know many of the "experts" loved him there).

flippy
08-24-2012, 08:57 AM
I think you could just as well ask, "Will Colon be better next to Starks?"

I hope Colon will be good at LG. He has one preseason game in which he looked decent. He sure never impressed me at RT (and I know many of the "experts" loved him there).

I think he's always been a good without the quickness/feet to handle the speed rushers off the edge. He should flourish inside.

Jooser
08-24-2012, 09:00 AM
Yeah, the OL will get better when Starks comes back...

Oviedo
08-24-2012, 10:03 AM
I think he's always been a good without the quickness/feet to handle the speed rushers off the edge. He should flourish inside.

I think in the short term Colon will prove to be the best OG we have had since Faneca left. DeCastro will eventually pass him but the end result will be the first pair of really solid Guards we have had in 5 years.

D Rock
08-24-2012, 10:21 AM
I think in the short term Colon will prove to be the best OG we have had since Faneca left. DeCastro will eventually pass him but the end result will be the first pair of really solid Guards we have had in 5 years.

I would certainly hope so! That's a pretty substandard group of guards to have to beat out for that title. I'll go one step further and say he will be better than Kendall Simmons was at his peak.

I find it interesting that athletically, Decastro seems more in the mold of Faneca and Colon more in the mold of Simmons, yet they play the opposite positions of those guys.

hawaiiansteel
08-24-2012, 05:15 PM
Steelers Injury News: Starks Will Start, Steelers Third Offensive Line Combination in Three Games

by Neal Coolong on Aug 24, 2012

Steelers LT Max Starks will return to the starting lineup for the first time since tearing an ACL in Pittsburgh's 29-23 (OT) loss at Denver Jan. 8.

It also marks the third starting offensive line combination the Steelers have used this preseason, and in particular, the third starting left tackle.

While it was a matter of time until Starks returned to the starting lineup - barring injury, he'll start there all season - the instability along the line has produced less-than-stellar results. The Steelers have shown some flashes of a very potent running attack, particularly with LG Willie Colon and RG David DeCastro pulling on power runs, but pass protection has been a problem throughout all units and combinations they've put on the field.

The most recent starting combination - LT Starks, LG Colon, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG DeCastro and RT Marcus Gilbert - is most likely the group that will start at Denver in Week 1 and beyond. Veteran Ramon Foster has played both guard positions and right tackle so far in preseason games, and Gilbert has played both tackle spots.

Saturday's game at Buffalo will keep this unit on the field for the entire first half, maybe more, and it will go a long way toward developing that cohesion necessary for an offensive line to perform at a high level. This is particularly important considering neither Colon nor DeCastro played their respective positions for the Steelers in 2011. Gilbert is in his second year, and while he started 15 games last season including the playoffs, he didn't play with a rookie off his left hand in that time.

The potential abounds in this lineup, though. Pouncey is an All Pro player, Colon has excelled as a tackle and is better suited as a guard. DeCastro is one of the most highly offensive line prospects in the last 10 years, and has already shown flashes of being a dominant player. Starks has been a solid veteran in his eight years with the team, and Gilbert was impressive for a rookie in 2011.

The question is how quickly this group can come together. The sooner that happens, the more advanced the Steelers passing offense - which has been fairly simplistic to this point in the preseason - can be in Week 1.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/8/24/3265158/steelers-injury-news-offensive-line-max-starks-mike-adams