Rookies DeCastro & Adams Look To Buck Steelers History By Both Starting Week 1

The recent report by Ed Bouchette stating that second round tackle Mike Adams is in the plans of the Pittsburgh Steelers to get the first crack at the starting left tackle spot is not earth shattering news in nature, especially when you look at the potential candidates currently on the roster that could compete for the job. What is kind of mind blowing though is that if indeed that comes to fruition, and first round pick David DeCastro starts at right guard, it would mean that two rookies would be starting on the Steelers offensive line when they line up week one against the Denver Broncos.

This would be the first time that this feat has occurred since at least 1978, and there is a good chance that it dates even further back than that. I have only been able to pull the Steelers week one starting offensive lines dating back to 1979, so that covers the last 33 seasons. Dating back to 1979, only four rookie offensive linemen have cracked the week one starting lineup for the Steelers and they were: Tom Ricketts at left guard (1989), Marvel Smith at right tackle (2000) and Maurkice Pouncey at center (2010). That leaves two positions on the offensive line that the Steelers have not had rookies start at since at least at least 1978, and both of those positions are left tackle and right guard, the positions that Adams and DeCastro aim to start at respectively.

Mike Webster, Dermontti Dawson and Alan Faneca were all drafted by the Steelers, but none of the three started week one of their rookie year. Webster has long been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Dawson will join him in that distinction later this summer and Faneca will not be too far behind in getting that honor as well.

I have stated since the Steelers drafted DeCastro that I believe he is a plug and play guard right from the get-go. I would be shocked if he is not the starting right guard in Denver. Really shocked. Adams, on the other hand, I have my reservations about. He has the tools and prototypical size, but I worry if he will be ready to protect the blind side of Ben Roethlisberger against the Broncos. While the Steelers might be claiming that starting two rookies on the offensive line is their plan in Denver, the odds are certainly against it happening. It might even make Super Bowl era history for the Steelers should it occur.

It sure is fun to go back and look at all of these names over the years and please feel free to pass along the week 1 starting offensive lines from 1966-1978 if you are absolutely positive about them.

Pittsburgh Steelers Week 1 Starting Offensive Lines 1979-2011

1970Mike HaggertySam DavisRay MansfieldBruce Van DykeJohn Brown
1971Jon KolbSam DavisRay MansfieldBruce Van DykeJohn Brown
1972Jon KolbSam DavisRay MansfieldBruce Van DykeGerry Mullins
1973Jon KolbSam DavisRay MansfieldBruce Van DykeGlen Ray Hines
1974Jon KolbSam DavisRay MansfieldGerry MullinsGordon Gravelle
1975Jon KolbJim ClackRay MansfieldGerry MullinsGordon Gravelle
1976Jon KolbJim ClackRay MansfieldGerry MullinsGordon Gravelle
1977Ray PinneyJim ClackMike WebsterGerry MullinsLarry Brown
1978Jon KolbSam DavisMike WebsterGerry MullinsLarry Brown
1979Jon KolbSam DavisMike WebsterGerry MullinsTed Peterson
1980Jon KolbRay PinneyMike WebsterSteve CoursonLarry Brown
1981Jon KolbCraig WolfleyMike WebsterSteve CoursonLarry Brown
1982Ray PinneyCraig WolfleyMike WebsterSteve CoursonLarry Brown
1983Ted PetersenCraig WolfleyMike WebsterSteve CoursonLarry Brown
1984Tunch IlkinCraig WolfleyMike WebsterBlake WingleLarry Brown
1985Pete RostoskyCraig WolfleyMike WebsterTerry LongTunch Ilkin
1986Ray PinneyRandy RasmussenDan TurkTerry LongMark Behning
1987Craig WolfleyJohn RienstraMike WebsterBuddy AydeletteTerry Long
1988Craig WolfleyJohn RienstraMike WebsterTerry LongTunch Ilkin
1989Craig WolfleyTom RickettsDermontti DawsonBrian BlankenshipTunch Ilkin
1990John JacksonJohn RienstraDermontti DawsonTerry LongTunch Ilkin
1991John JacksonBrian BlankenshipDermontti DawsonCarlton HaselrigTunch Ilkin
1992John JacksonDuval LoveDermontti DawsonCarlton HaselrigTunch Ilkin
1993John JacksonDuval LoveDermontti DawsonCarlton HaselrigLeon Searcy
1994John JacksonDuval LoveDermontti DawsonTodd KalisLeon Searcy
1995John JacksonTom NewberryDermontti DawsonJustin StrzelczykLeon Searcy
1996John JacksonWill WolfordDermontti DawsonJustin StrzelczykBernard Dafney
1997John JacksonWill WolfordDermontti DawsonBrenden StaiJustin Strzelczyk
1998Will WolfordRoger DuffyDermontti DawsonBrenden StaiJustin Strzelczyk
1999Wayne GandyAlan FanecaDermontti DawsonBrenden StaiChris Conrad
2000Wayne GandyAlan FanecaDermontti DawsonRich TylskiMarvel Smith
2001Wayne GandyAlan FanecaJeff HartingsRich TylskiMarvel Smith
2002Wayne GandyAlan FanecaJeff HartingsOliver RossMarvel Smith
2003Marvel SmithAlan FanecaJeff HartingsKendall SimmonsTodd Fordham
2004Marvel SmithAlan FanecaJeff HartingsKeydrick VincentOliver Ross
2005Marvel SmithAlan FanecaJeff HartingsKendall SimmonsMax Starks
2006Marvel SmithAlan FanecaJeff HartingsKendall SimmonsMax Starks
2007Marvel SmithAlan FanecaSean MahanKendall SimmonsWillie Colon
2008Marvel SmithChris KemoeatuJustin HartwigKendall SimmonsWillie Colon
2009Max StarksChris KemoeatuJustin HartwigTrai EssexWillie Colon
2010Max StarksChris KemoeatuMaurkice PounceyTrai EssexFlozell Adams
2011Jonathan ScottChris KemoeatuMaurkice PounceyDoug LegurskyWillie Colon