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Steelers Offensive Line Breakdown Through First Half Of Season Recap


The first 8 games are in the books and that puts as officially at the half way point of the Steelers 2010 season. It is time to recap the play by play breakdowns of the first 8 weeks of the season and post the totals. I have linked to each individual breakdown page so as you can go back and look at that weeks play by play breakdown.

Yes, Maurkice Pouncey has been that good so far and Chris Kemoeatu has been so consistent. He is especially nasty in the running game. It is hard to judge the work of Ramon Foster thus far as he only has 48 snaps or so under his belt. we likely will get a much longer look at him Sunday night against the Patriots as it looks Kemoeatu may miss the game. Doug Legursky has filled in admirably and played both guard spots as well as some center this past Monday night. Max Starks battled a bad ankle early on and played with an injured neck for most of Monday night. as far as left tackles go, he had not been awful at all. Of course as of today, he is out for the season. Flozell Adams has fully adjusted to the right tackle spot and if keeps giving what he has been giving thus far, the Steelers should be fine on that end. He takes plays off and will struggle with the quick guys, but he is a savvy veteran. Jonathan Scott has played at both tackle spots and some guard. He has not been awful, but his weekness is his footwork and slowness at the snap. Quick defensive ends will easily beat him to the edge if he does not have help. We will get to see him make the start at left tackle again versus the Patriots on Sundauy night. It is his job for now. Trai Essex continues to be a liabilty in pass protection and is the weakest starter on the line up until now. Tony Hills looked pretty below average against the Titans and he will likely get a gameday helmet from here on out as a backup to Scott. God help us if Scott goes down and he has to take over at left tackle.

I have ranked each linesmens performance by their best to worst game. You can click on any opponent link to go top that weeks detailed grading of the offensive line from that game.

Name Plays Yes No %Yes Opponent
Maurkice Pouncey 54 53 1 98% Titans
Maurkice Pouncey 58 56 2 97% Falcons
Maurkice Pouncey 47 41 6 87% Bengals
Maurkice Pouncey 54 47 7 87% Dolphins
Maurkice Pouncey 49 42 7 86% Buccaneers
Maurkice Pouncey 62 53 9 85% Browns
Maurkice Pouncey 50 41 9 82% Ravens
Maurkice Pouncey 51 36 15 71% Saints
Total 425 369 56 87%
Name Plays Yes No %Yes Opponent
Chris Kemoeatu 58 56 2 97% Falcons
Chris Kemoeatu 41 38 3 93% Buccaneers
Chris Kemoeatu 51 47 4 92% Titans
Chris Kemoeatu 50 45 5 90% Ravens
Chris Kemoeatu 59 52 7 88% Browns
Chris Kemoeatu 54 47 7 87% Dolphins
Chris Kemoeatu 16 13 3 81% Bengals
Chris Kemoeatu 51 33 18 65% Saints
Total 380 331 49 87%
Name Plays Yes No %Yes Opponent
Ramon Foster 2 2 0 100% Ravens
Ramon Foster 24 21 3 88% Buccaneers
Ramon Foster 8 7 1 88% Browns
Ramon Foster 14 11 3 79% Dolphins
Total 48 41 7 85%
Name Plays Yes No %Yes Opponent
Doug Legursky 12 12 0 100% Titans
Doug Legursky 40 37 3 93% Dolphins
Doug Legursky 57 47 10 82% Browns
Doug Legursky 33 27 6 82% Buccaneers
Doug Legursky 42 34 8 81% Bengals
Doug Legursky 48 36 12 75% Ravens
Doug Legursky 2 1 1 50% Saints
Total 234 194 40 83%
Name Plays Yes No %Yes Opponent
Max Starks 54 49 5 91% Dolphins
Max Starks 50 44 6 88% Ravens
Max Starks 39 33 6 85% Falcons
Max Starks 62 51 11 82% Browns
Max Starks 41 33 8 80% Buccaneers
Max Starks 26 19 7 73% Bengals
Max Starks 51 36 15 71% Saints
Total 323 265 58 82%
Name Plays Yes No %Yes Opponent
Flozell Adams 38 36 2 95% Titans
Flozell Adams 35 31 4 89% Buccaneers
Flozell Adams 55 48 7 87% Browns
Flozell Adams 23 20 3 87% Dolphins
Flozell Adams 58 47 11 81% Bengals
Flozell Adams 58 46 12 79% Falcons
Flozell Adams 50 39 11 78% Ravens
Flozell Adams 45 29 16 64% Saints
Total 362 296 66 82%
Name Plays Yes No %Yes Opponent
Jonathan Scott 47 46 1 98% Titans
Jonathan Scott 22 20 2 91% Buccaneers
Jonathan Scott 19 16 3 84% Falcons
Jonathan Scott 43 33 10 77% Bengals
Jonathan Scott 31 23 8 74% Dolphins
Jonathan Scott 6 3 3 50% Saints
Jonathan Scott 7 3 4 43% Browns
Total 175 144 31 82%
Name Plays Yes No %Yes Opponent
Trai Essex 58 51 7 88% Falcons
Trai Essex 43 36 7 84% Titans
Trai Essex 58 42 16 72% Bengals
Trai Essex 51 35 16 69% Saints
Total 210 164 46 78%
Name Plays Yes No %Yes Opponent
Tony Hills 25 18 7 72% Titans
Total 25 18 7 72%

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  • Rob

    Looking at those stats it is clear we do not have any great linemen on the team. I do not think the stats accurately portray the effectiveness of the linemen when J. Scott , Adams, and Starks all have the same percentage. I think this line is playing much better than the unit did last year but not up to the standard of past lines we have fielded. Example Gandy, Smith, Dawson, Faneca with almost anyone and Bruner at tight end were able to do a great job blocking.

    I will say that I think the guys we have are playing above their talent level to this point in the season. They have effectively over achieved to this point. Kugler our offensive line coach has done a great job as well and may be more than a little bit responsible for much of the success we have seen. To have him putting together a line out of the remaining players is going to take a great deal of skill on his part and I hope he continues to demonstrate his ability in this department.

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