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Steelers Offensive Line Breakdown Play By Play Versus Falcons Week 1


I am going through play by play and grading the offensive line play on whether or not I think they made a good block or not. It should be noted that not knowing the assignments hampers any analysis and it is merely on what I deem the job to be and if the job was done or not. It is either a yes or no, pass or fail on each play. I am making small notes as well. I am posting these series by series as I get them done so make sure to check back through the day as I update these.

If you disagree with any play, just note it in the comments below and reference the play number so I know which one you are referencing.

UPDATE: We were emailed a few plays to look at and have made some changes after reviewing the plays. We were a bit harsh on Flozell Adams on a few and Trai Essex as well.

Final Stats

Player Plays Yes No % Yes
Max Starks 39 33 6 85%
Chris Kemoeatu 58 56 2 97%
Maurkice Pouncey 58 56 2 97%
Trai Essex 58 51 7 88%
Flozell Adams 58 46 12 79%
Jonathan Scott 19 16 3 84%
First Series
Play 1 POS Mendenhall right tackle to PIT 30 for 4 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes Did not hold block long as run was right
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes Pulls right gets a block
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Turns man left. Great block
79 RG Trai Essex Yes Just enough got little help from Flo
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Turned man inside to left
Play 2 POS Dixon pass short right to Miller to PIT 35 for 5 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes did job play to right
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes did job play to right
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Turned man left
79 RG Trai Essex Yes Turned man left
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Touches no one off snap helped Essex
Play 3 POS Redman left guard to PIT 38 for 3 yards
Good Block?
Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes turned man outside
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes pushed ahead 4 yards
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes Great block run up his back
79 RG Trai Essex Yes blocked left got Fdown
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes Got to OLB barely
Play 4 POS Dixon pass short right to Ward to PIT 47 for 9 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes quick slant got down field
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes quick slant got down field
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes quick slant got down field
79 RG Trai Essex Yes quick slant got down field
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes quick slant got down field
Play 5 POS Redman up the middle to PIT 49 for 2 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes turned man outside
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes pushed back but man not in on play
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes hit several got to next level quick
79 RG Trai Essex Yes great block tied up man
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes got a LB after seeing Essex had his man
Play 6 POS Dixon pass short left to Mendenhall to ATL 42 for 9 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No pushed man wide almost got to Dixon
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes blocked on snap released down field
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No out front and missed man
79 RG Trai Essex Yes turned man right
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes got down field on screen
Play 7 POS Mendenhall right guard to ATL 40 for 2 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes late off ball but got a block in
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes block led to 1st down
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes got hands on 3 defenders
79 RG Trai Essex Yes good block drove man out of hole
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes turns man right
Play 8 POS Mendenhall right guard to ATL 35 for 5 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes great block same play as TD run
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes great block same play as TD run
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes great block same play as TD run
79 RG Trai Essex Yes great block same play as TD run
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes great block same play as TD run
Play 9 POS Dixon pass short left to Moore to ATL 36 for -1 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes good enough
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes good enough
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes helped Essex double
79 RG Trai Essex Yes helped Pouncey double
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes held pass block
Play 10 POS Dixon pass short left to Moore to ATL 36 for -1 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes held block long enough
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes good job
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes helped Kemo
79 RG Trai Essex Yes no one to block helped Pouncey/Kemo
71 RT Flozell Adams No pass blocked man wide let him back in play
Second Series
Play 11 POS Mendenhall left guard to PIT 16 for 3 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes adequate
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes adequate
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes great off ball, chipped then 2nd block on LB
79 RG Trai Essex Yes adequate on run to left
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes adequate on run to left
Play 12 POS Redman up the middle to PIT 19 for 3 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes touched no one but did assignment
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes pulled and trapped good got his man
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes turned man out of hole
79 RG Trai Essex No late Adams stunt hampered got punched
71 RT Flozell Adams No got to LB late but LB made tackle
Play 13 POS Dixon pass incomplete short middle to Randle El Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes adequate quick pass
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes adequate quick pass
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes picked up blitzer
79 RG Trai Essex Yes no pressure allowed
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes no pressure allowed
Third Series
Play 14 POS Mendenhall right guard to PIT 27 for 4 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes good block away from ball
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes did job
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes good block got two
79 RG Trai Essex Yes got push not fantastic
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes got push not fantastic
Play 15 POS Mendenhall left tackle to PIT 30 for 3 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes adequate
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes adequate
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes adequate
79 RG Trai Essex Yes got out to 2nd level did job
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes play away from his side
Play 16 POS Dixon pass incomplete short right to Wallace Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes allowed no pressure
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes hands on two did job
53 C Maurkice Pouncey No allowed pressure
79 RG Trai Essex No whiffed on blitz rusher
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes adequate pass block
Fourth Series
Play 15 POS Mendenhall right guard to PIT 10 for no gain Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes adequate
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes pulled to right and got his man adequate
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes good block turned man inside
79 RG Trai Essex Yes turned man inside good block
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes got to LB as designed
Play 16 POS Mendenhall left guard to PIT 15 for 5 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes barely got man turned
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes got to 2nd level
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes pulled out and found someone
79 RG Trai Essex Yes nice pancake
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes did job
Play 17 POS Dixon pass short right to Randle El to PIT 19 Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes flatened man
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes no one to really block
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes great pass block
79 RG Trai Essex Yes helped Adams with his man
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes got help from Trai
Fifth Series
Play 18 POS Mendenhall up the middle to PIT 16 for 9 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes turned man outside good block
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes got to hole cleared it
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes adequate
79 RG Trai Essex Yes adequate
71 RT Flozell Adams No missed man almost blew it up
Play 19 POS Mendenhall up the middle to PIT 16 for no gain Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes turned man
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes adequate
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes adequate
79 RG Trai Essex No blown off
71 RT Flozell Adams No ineffective
Play 20 POS Redman left guard to PIT 21 for 5 yards
Good Block?
Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes good block 1st down
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes good push forward
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes drove forward
79 RG Trai Essex Yes put man on ground
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes adequate
Play 21 POS Dixon pass short middle to Miller to PIT 38 for 17 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes nice job
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes nice job got pushed back though
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes helped Essex
79 RG Trai Essex Yes helped Pouncey
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes pushed DE outside
Play 22 POS Mendenhall up the middle to PIT 40 for 2 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes nice drive block
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes pushed right
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes body on two
79 RG Trai Essex No let man get to hole
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes meh
Play 23 POS Dixon pass deep middle to Ward to ATL 39 for 21 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes picked up LB
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes picked up stunt DE
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes nice job
79 RG Trai Essex Yes nice protection
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes no one to block
Play 24 POS Mendenhall left guard to ATL 35 for 4 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes moved pile
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes lost feet did job
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes got to LB
79 RG Trai Essex Yes drove man out of play
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes pancake
Play 25 POS Dixon pass short right intended for Miller INTERCEPTED at ATL 27 Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No allowed LB pressure
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes punched man
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes nicely done
79 RG Trai Essex Yes great protection
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes did job
Sixth Series
Play 26 POS Dixon pass short right to Miller to PIT 49 for 13 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes No one to really block
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes No real pressure to face
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes good enough
79 RG Trai Essex Yes pushed back but adequate
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes adequate
Play 27 POS Moore right end to PIT 49 for no gain
Good Block?
Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes not contested
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes not contested
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes released no one to block on delay
79 RG Trai Essex Yes OK
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes accomplished assignment
Play 28 POS Dixon pass incomplete short middle to Ward Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes not contested
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes helped inside middle
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes adequate
79 RG Trai Essex No pushed back off snap
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes man went way outside
Play 29 POS Dixon pass short left to Wallace to ATL 41 for 10 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No allowed LB pressure around end
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes nice pass block
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes another nice clear of middle lane
79 RG Trai Essex Yes fought hard
71 RT Flozell Adams No poor effort allowed pressure
Play 30 POS Dixon pass short left to Moore to ATL 37 for 4 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes nice job on LB
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes helped in middle
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes good job with Kemo
79 RG Trai Essex Yes no one to block helped Flozell
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes seen better from him got help
Play 31 POS Dixon pass incomplete short left to Randle El Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes pushed man outside Dixon did not step up
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes no one around him
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes excellent
79 RG Trai Essex Yes no one to block helped Flozell
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes not his best barely gets a yes
Play 32 POS Dixon pass incomplete short left to Randle El Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes did well picking up blitz
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes did job sttod man up
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes handled his man
79 RG Trai Essex Yes adequate
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes pushed man way wide
Seventh Series
Play 33 POS Mendenhall up the middle to PIT 22 for 2 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes no problems
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes nice push forward
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes pushes left
79 RG Trai Essex No got pushed back blown off
71 RT Flozell Adams No ineffective
Play 34 POS Dixon pass deep right to Wallace to ATL 26 for 52 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes nice protection on end
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes helped Pouncey
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes good enough
79 RG Trai Essex Yes stood man up at line
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes helped Essex
Play 35 POS Mendenhall left guard to ATL 24 for 2 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No missed
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes ok job Pouncey drove his man into Kemo\’s
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes put 2 on the ground
79 RG Trai Essex Yes locked his man up
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes did job run to the middle
Play 36 POS Dixon sacked at ATL 30 for -6 yards
Good Block?
Notes
78 LT Max Starks No beaten clean
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu No pushed way back into pocket
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes helped Essex
79 RG Trai Essex Yes good block with pouncey help
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes not really contested
Play 37 POS Dixon pass deep right to Ward to ATL 18 for 17 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes pushed back but recovered
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes not contested
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes helped Trai
79 RG Trai Essex Yes clean win with help from Maurkice
71 RT Flozell Adams No Got beat Redman had to help
Eighth Series
Play 38 POS Dixon pass short middle to Mendenhall to PIT 14 for 6 yards Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks No got beat outside could have been bad
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes crushing screen block
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes stood man up
79 RG Trai Essex Yes set up screen
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes not great not bad
Play 39 POS Mendenhall right guard to PIT 15 for 1 yard Good Block? Notes
78 LT Max Starks Yes rolled up on injured ankle
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes ok block
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes seen better
79 RG Trai Essex No not good
71 RT Flozell Adams No not good
Play 40 POS Dixon scrambles right end pushed ob at PIT 17 for 2 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott No blown up by Abraham
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes got help, needed help
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes helped Kemo
79 RG Trai Essex Yes nice pass block
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes held his own
Ninth Series
Play 41 POS Mendenhall up the middle to PIT 19 for 2 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes nice block on end
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes default yes not exciting did job
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes ahead and left
79 RG Trai Essex Yes drove man left
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes pushed the flow left
Play 42 POS Dixon pass incomplete short right to Wallace Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes good job
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes pushed man down head first
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes cleared middle lane
79 RG Trai Essex Yes nice protection
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes nice protection
Play 43 POS Dixon pass deep middle to Ward to PIT 43 for 24 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott No beat on the corner
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes nobody to block
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes helped Essex
79 RG Trai Essex Yes good protection got help
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes did his job
Play 44 POS Dixon pass deep right to Ward to ATL 32 for 25 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes good job on edge
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes got Pouncey help
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes helped Kemo
79 RG Trai Essex Yes good pass pro
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes not really battled
Play 45 POS Mendenhall up the middle to ATL 32 for no gain Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes adequate
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes adequate
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes pushed left
79 RG Trai Essex Yes pushed back
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes adequate
Play 46 POS Mendenhall left tackle to ATL 19 for 13 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes did job
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes big hole
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes turned man out to right
79 RG Trai Essex Yes good block with Pouncey
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes good enough
Play 47 POS Mendenhall right guard to ATL 20 for -1 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes good enough on run right
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu No pulled right very slow got punched
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes turned man left
79 RG Trai Essex Yes fair block
71 RT Flozell Adams No not his best effort
Play 48 POS Dixon pass incomplete short left to Wallace Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott No missed cut block man knocked down pass
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes did job
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes no one to block headed out to screen block
79 RG Trai Essex Yes good
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes good
Play 49 POS Dixon pass short right to Randle El to ATL 16 for 4 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes sufficient time
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes no one to block or help
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes teamed with Essex
79 RG Trai Essex Yes teamed with Pouncey
71 RT Flozell Adams No got beat on spin inside allowed pressure
Tenth Series
Play 50 POS Mendenhall left guard to PIT 27 for 7 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes hooked his man
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes blew his man off line
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes cleared left
79 RG Trai Essex Yes got down field well
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes barely good enough driving left
Play 51 POS Dixon pass short middle to Ward to PIT 39 for 12 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes beat man to edge had RB help
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes nice punch
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes carried his man left of pocket
79 RG Trai Essex Yes teamed with Flozell
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes gave plenty of time
Play 52 POS Dixon pass short right to Miller to PIT 44 for 5 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes nice punch
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes uncontested
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes nice job
79 RG Trai Essex Yes nice job
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes good enough
Play 53 POS Dixon sacked at PIT 35 for -9 yards
Good Block?
Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes tackled his guy holding??
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes good job on his guy
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes tried to take two
79 RG Trai Essex Yes started well knocked off feet
71 RT Flozell Adams No his man got the sack
Play 54 POS Dixon sacked at PIT 25 for -10 yards
Good Block?
Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes nice block
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes helped in center and left end
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes did job
79 RG Trai Essex Yes helped Pouncey
71 RT Flozell Adams No got beat
Eleventh Series
Play 55 POS Mendenhall right end to ATL 27 for 3 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes nice hustle down field
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes good enough run was right
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes pancake
79 RG Trai Essex Yes pancake
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes barely passes
Play 56 POS Redman up the middle to ATL 21 for 6 yards Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes good
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes good
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes turned man out of hole left
79 RG Trai Essex Yes locked up drove north
71 RT Flozell Adams No let lose of first man too soon expected help
Play 57 POS Redman up the middle to ATL 21 for no gain Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes good
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes good
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes moved meat left
79 RG Trai Essex Yes took man left
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes nice cut but man got up quick
Twelve Series
Play 58 POS
Mendenhall right tackle for 50 yards, TOUCHDOWN
Good Block? Notes
72 LT Jonathan Scott Yes WOW
68 LG Chris Kemoeatu Yes WOW
53 C Maurkice Pouncey Yes WOW
79 RG Trai Essex Yes WOW
71 RT Flozell Adams Yes WOW

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  • dave

    Wow! I commend the amount of effort you put into this.

  • Alexis

    Awesome article! I enjoyed reading through the information and appreciate the effort you made to write this. I hope you will write this piece for each game! Great job!

  • Steve T

    Let us hope we see more plays like the last play when the O-line get it together. The last play they knocked people off the ball and the hold was big enough to draw a mack truck through.

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