Roethlisberger Didn’t Notice Pressure Coming From Whimper’s Side Against The Ravens

When Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert left the game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens after just seven offensive snaps with a quad injury, everyone held their breath when Guy Whimper replaced him. Whimper, however, played extremely well and played a big role in the team rushing for a season-high 141 yards. As far as his pass protection went, Whimper only allowed one quarterback sack and one hurry in 24 pass blocking opportunities and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger praised him Wednesday for his efforts.

“The thing I notice is pressure and where it’s coming from,” Roethlisberger said, according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I didn’t notice it coming from his side. It definitely wasn’t too big for him. He stepped into a sticky situation and did really well. I’m happy for him.”

Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, the Steelers could again be in another sticky situation if Gilbert is unable to shake his quad injury that forced him to be limited Wednesday in practice. Should he not be ready to go, the Steelers will have no choice but to turn to Whimper once again with the hopes that he can repeat his week seven performance.

Up until last Sunday, Whimper hadn’t taken snap in regular season game with the Steelers, but you wouldn’t have known it. He looked nothing like the player we watched during the preseason.

The resurgence of the Steelers running game is perhaps the main reason why the entire offensive line played so well against the Ravens when it came to protecting Roethlisberger and that will have to contune Sunday against the Raiders. If it doesn’t, we will see just how good Whimper really is if forced to play and you can bet that Roethlisberger will notice which side the pressure is coming from if under duress for most of the afternoon.

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  • Dr. Doom

    The man still has the worst name in professional sports. Whimpie he caught hell in school.

  • 20Stoney

    I want to see him do it twice, before I get too excited. He did play a nice game though.

  • joed32

    Maybe he did but he was probably a pretty big boy and that might have toned it down.

  • Shea Fahr

    The first time I noticed “The Butcher” in the game was the Shovel pass to Miller for the TD. Abdullah did a great job on both of his blocking assignments on that play. He looked like he had done it a thousand times. Good game for him against a very good Defense.

  • steeltown

    Dumervil is no slouch..and for the most part Abdullah was lined up across from him. I do want to see a larger sample size before I get too excited, but damn he did a nice job against a top notch pass rusher

  • PA2AK

    What Ben said “I’m happy for him”…What Ben meant “It was nice waking up the day after and not feeling like a train ran me over for 60 minutes”.

  • Johnny Loose

    Girl Whimper would be worse

  • HopalongCassidy

    Evidently, Whimper isn’t as bad as people thought. As to Gilbert…he flat out sucks. I hope he rides the pine the rest of the year and gets dumped in the off-season.

  • PA2AK

    that’d be nice cuz good tackles are cheep and plentiful. all sarcasm aside…while I’m not very impressed with Adams or Gilbert, Gilbert is actually grading out and looking better of the two. Still, neither should be cast aside yet. They are very young. It is very unusual that 1st and/or 2nd year guys are legit starters on the OL.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Gilbert is in his third year. If he hasn’t shown anything by now, it just isn’t going to happen. Good tackles aren’t cheap. They need to go out and get one and pay. Save the money somewhere else because this offense is ranked about 25th or so which is pathetic considering the weapons they have. If it were not for Ben, this offense would rank about 32nd.

  • PA2AK

    Gilbert isn’t miserable by some accounts. I don’t consider him good. I don’t think the coaching helps he or Adams…especially when Beachum comes in they call plays and blocking schemes to help. I see your point and don’t mean to really debate it, but the steelers don’t have the cash to afford a good tackle. Need to polish turds or get lucky.

  • PA2AK

    Pet peeve…the down vote with no explanation.

  • Shea Fahr

    HA! Yes it must have been something I said..

  • Dr. Doom

    Let’s just go ahead and release a top 20 tackle. Bum (Sarcasm heavily intended)