The Steelers incorporated zone blocking concepts back when Duce Staley joined the team because he liked running behind zone blocking....they changed the scheme to fit the player and were successful until he was injured...
They never fully moved away from it...
The run blocking was fine with Zierlein...Willie Parker was leading the league and Mendenhall also had good seasons....
Originally Posted by calmkiller
If Gilbert doesn't fall on people and realizes the difference between hurt and injured we should be fine. Better yet..keep him on the sideline.
I actually liked the OL when Pouncey moved to G and Legs was the C.
Steelers talk with Fosterís agent before free agency opens
March 9th, 2013
Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review
Steelers guard Ramon Foster is an unrestricted free agent.
The Steelers had contract discussions with Ramon Fosterís agent, Joel Segal, on Thursday and will eventually make the unrestricted free agent offensive lineman an offer once the organization gets a better grasp on their current finances, said a source with knowledge of the meeting.
However, that offer may come too late and significantly under market value in order to retain Foster. Arizona, Chicago and Tennessee have shown interest in the 27-year-old guard. The N.Y. Giants could also be a potential suitor if they canít re-sign Kevin Boothe.
Because of a new rule, agents are allowed to start formal talks with other teams starting three days before the start of the new NFL calendar year (12:01 a.m. Saturday) which is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday.
No signing can be announced until the opening of free agency if a deal is reached.
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Foster has been a regular on the Steelers offensive line since being an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee in 2009.
Foster started 30 consecutive games at guard and 42 of 44 including Super Bowl XLV since being inserted into the lineup for a Week 10 game against the Patriots in 2010.
Foster has been extremely durable at a position thatís been injury prone for the Steelers in recent years. Foster missed only the second half of the season-opener against Denver with a severe headache before playing the final 966 snaps of the year at right guard.
According to ProFootballFocus, Foster allowed only two sacks the entire season Ė the least of all Steelers starters.
Foster signed a 1-year tender for $1.26 million last year as a restricted free agent after not getting much interest on the open market. He became expendable when the Steelers used a first round draft pick on right guard David DeCastro and decided to move Willie Colon and his recently signed 5-year, $29 million contract to left guard within a month of each other.
However, Foster started all 16 games last year when DeCastro was injured during the preseason.
This is where I think everyone fits except Gliby. Could possibly move Adams to LT and Beachum at RT and find a LG. But I don't think Adams is a fit at LT either.
Ultimately this is why I can see the Steelers taking a look at LTs in this draft. Usually you've gotta be in the top 10 if you want a premiere LT and we're not usually this close. And there's a couple of good potential LTs. I think one could fall.
He also had Thomas Jones who ran very well behind the same line.
Originally Posted by supersteeler
so foster allowed only 2 sacks in 16 games playing 2 different positions.
I would say that's outstanding value for a 1.27 million dollar investment. Just a shame some here won't give this kid some credit. I hoe he goes elsewhere so the "experts" can find someone else to blame when the offense stinks.
I hope he stays. The way we lose O-linemen to injury, we'd better have a lot of bodies who can play.
Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti
Could any of these guys surprise us?
72 Cheadle, Justin OG 6-2 290 23 R California
71 Long, Joe T 6-5 304 23 R Wayne State (MI)
62 Malecki, John OG 6-2 298 24 1 Pittsburgh
Possibly, but with no snaps or not enough of them we'll never know. When camp breaks that will be the time for these guys to show the coaches what they can do in combination of the pre-season. Sometimes you could have a diamond in the rough sitting on the bench...play em and lets see.
Originally Posted by Mister Pittsburgh
If it wasn't for the injuries Beachum might not of had a chance to show what he can do, now he at least showed he could compete for a starting role and worse be a decent backup
If they would start hitting free weights, instead of just using wussy machines, they would fair much better on the injury front.
Originally Posted by feltdizz