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Max Starks has been consistently one of the better Steelers offensive lineman over the past several years. Yes, Starks is rehabbing a torn ACL injury but he is expected to be healthy shortly even though he was listed on the PUP. Consider this. Starks has 8 years of experience and is still only 30 years old. 30 isn’t “over the hill” for a left tackle. Starks knows Ben Roethlisberger’s playing style very well and that can’t be overstated. It’s well documented that Ben likes to extend plays and having a LT that is proven and whom is trusted with protecting Big Be’s blind can’t be underestimated.
What if Mike Adams isn’t ready to play week 1? Starks is literally a huge security blanket for this team. If you need proof of that, refer to last year. Starks was able to relieve Jonathan Scott from his duties after a few poor weeks of play. Starks will do the same this year if Mike Adams isn’t ready.
Let’s also consider leadership. Ben is clearly the leader on offense but Max will be a close second. With the loss of key longtime leaders (Farrior, Ward and Smith), it’s important to sustain good leadership. Having Max Starks back certainly helps out the offensive leadership.
The past few days have been busy for the Pittsburgh Steelers front office. See below for a list of recent personnel moves and rumors.
Ike Taylor – The Pittsburgh Steelers biggest need was cornerback due to the youth and uncertainty at the position. The Steelers signed Taylor to a long term deal.
Max Starks – The Steelers made a surprise move and cut starting left tackle Max Starks. Starks had neck surgery this offseason which may have just ended his career. There is also reports that Starks weighed in at nearly 4o0 pounds.
Shaun Suisham – Even though he had a very poor FG attempt in the Super Bowl, Suisham was 14 for 15 for nearly a 94% success rate last season.
Antwaan Randel El – A long time Steeler (before his short stay in Washington) was cut. This was likely due to the Steelers being 10+ million over the cap and amount of young talent at the WR position. Randel El will always be remembered for his diversified play and his performance in Super Bowl XL.
Chris Dieker, QB, Southern Illinois
Aaron Bates, Punter
Eric Greenwood, Idaho, WR
Ty Boyle, North Dakota, DE
Joshua Harrison, South Carolina State, T
Derek Chard, LS, Connecticut
LaMarr Woodley – This is breaking news! The Pittsburgh Steelers have come to a long term agreement with the pro bowl linebacker
Willie Colon – The Steelers have said that resigning Colon is now the #1 priority.
According to reports, Willie Colon is being targeted by the Chicago Bears. ESPN.com reports:
The Bears have made contact with Steelers tackle Willie Colon about the possibility of making a deal, according to an NFL source. But it’s believed that Colon is actually more of a contingency plan for if the Bears are unable to land Saints tackle Jermon Bushrod.
Also, there has been rumors that the Buffalo Bills are interested in Willie Colon. Before Colon suffered a season ending Achilles inury, many “insiders” considered Willie Colon as a top 5 right tackle. Most Steeler fans would disagree. Willie Colon has been notorious for offsides penalties and has almost gotten his buddy, Big Ben killed by opposing linebackers on several occasions. With that being said, Colon is still a priority for the Steelers front office. With the Steelers 10+ million over the cap and Colon’s price rising, the Steelers may need Florida Gator rookie, Marcus Gilbert to step into the starting role earlier than expected.
Only time will tell but the Pittsburgh Steelers tackle situation is getting worrisome. There are rumors that Max Starks is cut due to weight and injury issues, Jonathan Scott is unsigned, Flozell Adams is unsigned, and Willie Colon may be Chicago bound.
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5. Max gives his thoughts on Demarcus Ware
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Bryant McFadden, the Steelers starting cornerback (opposite of Ike Taylor) became a free agent at 12:01 Friday, February 23rd. With the big market signings of Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha and Redskins CB Deangelo Hall, McFadden and high-profile agent Drew Rosenhaus may be looking for a pay day.
McFadden has been said to have visits scheduled with the Lions, Cardinals and possibly the Ravens. I also wouldn’t be surprised to the see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers interested.
The Steelers would be very wise to sign McFadden. That would allow the Steelers to focus more exclusively on the offensive and defensives lines. They lack quality starters and depth on the offensive line. The defensive line has very little depth but a solid starting lineup. The entire defensive line is now over 30 years old and Casey Hampton is in the last year of his contract. Don’t expect the Steelers front office to extend Hampton’s contract which leaves a gaping hole at NT, leaving vacant one of the most important positions in the 3-4 defense.
The Steelers haven’t fared well in the offseason thus far.
- The Steelers have been unable to lock down James Harrison for a long-term contract. In fact, his agent said that they’re “not close”.
- The Steelers franchised Max Starks. The FO has said that they plan on working out a long-term contract. Well, that’s what they said last year when they slapped him with the transition tag. Starks made close to 7 million last year with the transition tag and now is scheduled to make close to 9 million this year due to the franchise tag. Wouldn’t the Steelers see that it’s financially more sound to sign him to a long term deal instead of paying him close to 16 million for 2 years?
- Willie Colon was tendered a 1st round pick. Are the Steelers planning on signing Colon long-term? Will he be playing guard or tackle?
- The Steelers haven’t extended LaMarr Woodley or Heath Miller
- The Steelers are very thin at offensive line and haven’t signed ANYONE. Kemo is returning but Essex remains unsigned, and Simmons was cut. This leaves the Steelers with an empty slot at guard and the other guard as Darnell Stapleton who struggled at times last season. A look towards the future (2010 season) indicates that Justin Hartwig, Willie Colon, and Max Starks will all be UFA next season. That could possibly mean that the entire offensive line could contain new starters in one year.
- Nate Washington is expected to sign with the Detroit Lions for #2 wide receiver money.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line has one more big challenge for the 2008-2009 NFL season. And what a challenge it is, for the Pittsburgh Steelers 6th Super Bowl victory. Truth be told, I think the Steelers offensive line issues have not received enough publicity this week.
The NFL analysts have been more interested in Larry Fitzgerald and the Steelers defense more than anything else. But the game could and probably will be decided up front on both sides of the ball. The Steelers offensive line will have their hands full to say the least.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm are very familiar with the Steelers sub-par offensive line. They know their strengths and weakness and you can expect that both have been relaying their knowledge to the defensive staff of the Arizona Cardinals.
The Steelers have the advantage in run blocking against the Cardinals. The Cardinals are an undersized front and are not nearly aggressive up-front as teams the Steelers are used too and have played against. The New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, etc are all bigger and more aggressive defensive fronts that the Steelers have faced. I would expect that the Steelers should be able to run on the Cardinals. And make no mistake about it; we need Parker, Moore, and Russell to have a huge game which will in turn, open up the passing game.
However, the Steelers have a disadvantage against the pass rushers of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals defensive front, while undersized, has very quick pass rushers coming off the corner. This is by far the Steelers biggest weakness and could potentially win the game for the Arizona Cardinals and is a huge matchup for the Steelers. Willie Colon will have his hands full and better not jump offsides to try to compensate for the speed rush. Max Starks is the slowest footed left tackle in the league. Ben Roethlisberger must get rid of the ball quickly, he must hit his quick hot reads, and must punish the Cardinals for sending blitzes his way (i.e. get the ball in Heath Miller’s and Mewelde Moore’s hands!)
While the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line has been better later in the season, they must put together a good performance Sunday in order for the Steelers to hoist their sixth Lombardi trophy.
Who would you rather face?
If the Miami Dolphins beat the Baltimore Ravens (Sunday @ 1pm est.) then the Steelers automatically are matched against the Dolphins. However, if the Baltimore Ravens beat the Dolphins then the Steelers will be matched up against the Chargers.
Both teams boast a strong 1-2 punch in their running attack. Both are efficient through the air. And both have defenses that are capable of making a push deeper in the playoffs. Oh, and Miami has ex-Steelers Joey Porter who would love to punish his old team by wrecking havoc against Ben Roethlisberger by creating sacks and causing turnovers. Oh, and did I mention that Joey Porter (19 sacks) will be matched up against inadequate Max Starks at left tackle?
Some very intriguing matchups. Discuss in our Forum