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    I’ve been meaning to write this one for a while. The Steelers depth chart is set for the season, but I wish that they would have tried to be more creative with the offensive line during training camp this year. Will this years group as constructed be ok? Probably. Will they be good? Probably not.

    He is what I would have tried.

    Pouncey at center and Kemoetu at left guard, same as they have right now. Here’s where it gets interesting. Move Max Starks back to right tackle and since Flozell Adams had to learn a new position anyway how about right guard? Make a lot of sense to me since it gets him out of pass blocking on the end which was the rap on him in Dallas even when he was at his natural spot on the left side. He would also be a huge upgrade in run blocking from that position over Trai Essex.

    So who do you put in at right tackle? Tony Hills. Hills had a great camp and preseason while he was in there and I think deserved a shot on the starting line. Oh well, wishful thinking.

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    I’ve been meaning to write this one for a while. The Steelers depth chart is set for the season, but I wish that they would have tried to be more creative with the offensive line during training camp this year. Will this years group as constructed be ok? Probably. Will they be good? Probably not.

    He is what I would have tried.

    Pouncey at center and Kemoetu at left guard, same as they have right now. Here’s where it gets interesting. Move Max Starks back to right tackle and since Flozell Adams had to learn a new position anyway how about right guard? Make a lot of sense to me since it gets him out of pass blocking on the end which was the rap on him in Dallas even when he was at his natural spot on the left side. He would also be a huge upgrade in run blocking from that position over Trai Essex.

    So who do you put in at right tackle? Tony Hills. Hills had a great camp and preseason while he was in there and I think deserved a shot on the starting line. Oh well, wishful thinking.
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    Here's the problem with your theory:

    1.Max Starks sucks at RT

    2.Tony Hills sucks period.

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    I’ve been meaning to write this one for a while. The Steelers depth chart is set for the season, but I wish that they would have tried to be more creative with the offensive line during training camp this year. Will this years group as constructed be ok? Probably. Will they be good? Probably not.

    He is what I would have tried.

    Pouncey at center and Kemoetu at left guard, same as they have right now. Here’s where it gets interesting. Move Max Starks back to right tackle and since Flozell Adams had to learn a new position anyway how about right guard? Make a lot of sense to me since it gets him out of pass blocking on the end which was the rap on him in Dallas even when he was at his natural spot on the left side. He would also be a huge upgrade in run blocking from that position over Trai Essex.

    So who do you put in at right tackle? Tony Hills. Hills had a great camp and preseason while he was in there and I think deserved a shot on the starting line. Oh well, wishful thinking.
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    Don't forget about feet of stone.............Slow-as-Hell Adams.

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    "Slozell" is hilarious, thanks for that. My thinking is that it is worth taking some trap and sweep-type plays out of the offense to save at least a sack per game. I don't know why everyone is so down on Hills. He didn't do squat his first 2 years but looked ok this preseason. Essex is the sucking void in that o-line.

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    Foster and Hills are ready replacements for somebody, but the HC won't be quick to dump his starters and become creative/inventive with his backups!

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    Don't forget about feet of stone.............Slow-as-Hell Adams.
    yeah watch on sunday and see how many FS he gets...

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    Foster and Hills are ready replacements for somebody, but the HC won't be quick to dump his starters and become creative/inventive with his backups!
    HUH????So,Hills has one somewhat decnt pre-season and all of a sudden he's ready to be a starter??

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    HUH????So,Hills has one somewhat decnt pre-season and all of a sudden he's ready to be a starter??
    Les, that is how the Steelers select their starting offensive linemen.
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    Les, that is how the Steelers select their starting offensive linemen.
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    I’ve been meaning to write this one for a while. The Steelers depth chart is set for the season, but I wish that they would have tried to be more creative with the offensive line during training camp this year. Will this years group as constructed be ok? Probably. Will they be good? Probably not.

    He is what I would have tried.

    Pouncey at center and Kemoetu at left guard, same as they have right now. Here’s where it gets interesting. Move Max Starks back to right tackle and since Flozell Adams had to learn a new position anyway how about right guard? Make a lot of sense to me since it gets him out of pass blocking on the end which was the rap on him in Dallas even when he was at his natural spot on the left side. He would also be a huge upgrade in run blocking from that position over Trai Essex.

    So who do you put in at right tackle? Tony Hills. Hills had a great camp and preseason while he was in there and I think deserved a shot on the starting line. Oh well, wishful thinking.
    Actually I've *****ed about this all Pre-Season and will probably find ways to shove it in posts here and there throughout the season but ....

    I thought it was a mistake to give Pouncey the starting Center job when you have Trai Essex and Flozell Adams on the right side of your line. Flozell is strong if he's not beaten but Trai Essex sucks in every aspect fo the game. He can't run block worth a crap (we ranked bottom half of the league running behind Essex last year) and his pass protection has always been below average. That right side of the line looks TERRIBLE.

    They should've kept Hartwig who is good enough, probably be better if some competent were at rG next to him instead of Trai Essex and had Pouncey play at RG this season to get that experience under him. It strengthens the entire line especially since Hartwig > Essex.

    but no, they decided to keep the right part of the line about as porous and unresolved as possible and upgrade at Center. Pouncey is a much larger upgrade over Essex than he is Hartwig right now IMO... to me it's all about making the line stronger, coaching staff IMO didn't do that when they had options to get Trai Essex the **** out of there
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