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    Pro Football Focus ranks Steelers O-line 25th

    25. Pittsburgh Steelers (25)PB Ė 24th, RB Ė 30th, PEN Ė 18th


    Stud: The best player on this line is Maurkice Pouncey (+5.4), though that speaks volumes about this line and less about him. He does his job, but unlike a lot of linemen in this league he doesnít pop out on tape as someone who makes a massive difference.


    Dud: Itís nice to have a player who can play a number of positions, but the Steelers faithful must be hoping they donít see an awful lot more of Doug Legursky (-10.5).


    Summary: Try as they might, the Steelers canít field a line that can pass protect and open up lanes. Thatís despite a significant recent investment of early-round draft picks. That said, this line was never about 2012, and hopefully a healthy unit next year will justify the hope.
    I know some don't like PFF, but they are usually pretty spot on. A lot of the NFL teams use their analytics.

    I think they pretty much have it right, this line has some potential in the future, but it was still bad this year due to injuries, etc..
    Here comes the BOOM!

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    but legursky is such a beast in the weight room!!!

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    25th but let's run out and draft defensive players. This is why the offense is inconsistent and ineffective and until this is really fixed it will stay that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    25th but let's run out and draft defensive players. This is why the offense is inconsistent and ineffective and until this is really fixed it will stay that way.
    we have spent 4 premium picks on the OL in 3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti View Post
    we have spent 4 premium picks on the OL in 3 years.

    EXACTLY! Time to put up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti View Post
    we have spent 4 premium picks on the OL in 3 years.
    exactly... we have a bunch of young guys on the OL, coaching and conditioning are the only problems IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti View Post
    we have spent 4 premium picks on the OL in 3 years.
    But has it worked? Good intentions don't block the pass rushers or open holes in the defensive line. Until we see any of those players drafted excel as far as I'm concerned the problem isn't fixed. You have to look at this on how it is actually working not what past actions you took to fix it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    But has it worked? Good intentions don't block the pass rushers or open holes in the defensive line. Until we see any of those players drafted excel as far as I'm concerned the problem isn't fixed. You have to look at this on how it is actually working not what past actions you took to fix it.
    Gilbert and Adams only combined for something like 10 games this year. I would like to see Starks retained so that there is depth and competition at OT, but I supsect that the two second round OTs will open the season as starters. DeCastro also missed most of the year and was just getting his feet wet; I think we all anticipate improvement from him next year. Whether Foster, Colon or whoever else, you can get by with an adequate guard if the rest of the o-line is capable.

    I'd most certainly rather not see Beachum or Legursky starting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq View Post
    Gilbert and Adams only combined for something like 10 games this year. I would like to see Starks retained so that there is depth and competition at OT, but I supsect that the two second round OTs will open the season as starters. DeCastro also missed most of the year and was just getting his feet wet; I think we all anticipate improvement from him next year. Whether Foster, Colon or whoever else, you can get by with an adequate guard if the rest of the o-line is capable.

    I'd most certainly rather not see Beachum or Legursky starting.
    my point exactly. We can't keep throwing 1st round picks at one section of your football team.

    these guys have to step up and produce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    But has it worked? Good intentions don't block the pass rushers or open holes in the defensive line. Until we see any of those players drafted excel as far as I'm concerned the problem isn't fixed. You have to look at this on how it is actually working not what past actions you took to fix it.
    We don't know if it worked yet, Poncey, Adams, Gilbert and DeCastro haven't been on the field together. Juat because it may not look good now the investment has been made, other needs are going to arise from the defensive purge that is going to take place and there is almost nothing behind the defensive players being released.

    Harrison (probably) - Worilds? Carter? (Neither has moved to the forefront)
    Hampton - McClendon (best option maybe, but didn't really sieze the opportunity) Hood (a little light in the britches for NT
    Clark (it appears will be released) - Allen? Golden? (Golden rarely played and Allen has been around)
    Kiesel (maybe) - Heyward, Hood? Neither has exactly elevated their play to their draft position
    Foote (probably) - Spence? Who knows after the injury, hasn't taken a meaningful snap.
    Taylor - This is the one position that seems to be in good hands provided they can keep Lewis. If Taylor and his contract are released and lewis chases bigger money than the Steelers are willing to pay, then cornerback becomes an issue as well.

    The carnage isn't going to be pretty on the defensive side of the ball. The offense has had the premium line picks and skill position picks over the past 4 years (Mendenhall and Wallace) and it appears that they will be walking out Pittsburgh as well. This isn't going to be pretty.

    Hopefully, with all the purging that the Steelers will at least be able to sign one or two mid-level FAs to fill some holes.

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    3.97) Dri Archer - RB
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    6.173) Wesley Johnson - OT
    6.192) Jordan Zumwalt - ILB
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