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.