Steelers Likely To Use Yet Another Different Starting Offensive Line Combination Against Patriots

While we still don’t know the status of Pittsburgh Steelers right guard David DeCastro, who suffered an ankle injury Sunday in the loss to the Oakland Raiders, it probably is a good bet he will miss the next game against the New England Patriots. Should that indeed wind up being the case, the Steelers will start their fourth different offensive line combination this season.

So just how cursed has the Steelers offensive line been over the years? Heading into the game against the Patriots, the Steelers have used 21 different starting offensive line combinations in their last 55 regular season games.

I didn’t have the stomach to pull the 2008 and 2009 seasons because I remember what happened in the first of the two years.

Below is a look back at the different offensive line combinations used by the Steelers dating back to Week 1 of the 2010 season.

YEARGAMEOPPLTLGCRGRT
20101ATLStarksKemoeatuPounceyEssexF.Adams
20102TENScottKemoeatuPounceyEssexF.Adams
20103TBStarksKemoeatuPounceyLegurksyF.Adams
20104BALStarksKemoeatuPounceyLegurskyF.Adams
20105CLEStarksKemoeatuPounceyLegurskyF.Adams
20106MIAStarksKemoeatuPounceyLegurskyF.Adams
20107NOStarksKemoeatuPounceyEssexF.Adams
20108CINStarksKemoeatuPounceyEssexF.Adams
20109NEScottFosterPounceyEssexF.Adams
201010OAKScottKemoeatuPounceyFosterF.Adams
201011BUFScottKemoeatuPounceyFosterF.Adams
201012BALScottKemoeatuPounceyFosterF.Adams
201013CINScottKemoeatuPounceyFosterF.Adams
201014NYJScottKemoeatuPounceyFosterF.Adams
201015CARScottKemoeatuPounceyFosterF.Adams
201016CLEScottKemoeatuPounceyFosterF.Adams
20111BALJ. ScottKemoeatuPounceyLegurskyColon
20112SEAJ. ScottFosterPounceyLegurskyGilbert
20113INDJ. ScottKemoeatuPounceyLegurskyGilbert
20114HOUEssexKemoeatuPounceyFosterGilbert
20115TENStarksLegurskyPounceyFosterGilbert
20116JACStarksLegurskyPounceyFosterJ. Scott
20117ARIStarksKemoeatuPounceyFosterGilbert
20118NEStarksKemoeatuPounceyFosterGilbert
20119BALStarksKemoeatuPounceyFosterGilbert
201110CINStarksKemoeatuPounceyFosterGilbert
201111KCStarksLegurskyPounceyFosterGilbert
201112CINStarksLegurskyPounceyFosterGilbert
201113CLEStarksLegurskyPounceyFosterGilbert
201114SFStarksEssexLegurskyFosterGilbert
201115STLStarksEssexLegurskyFosterJ. Scott
201116CLEStarksKemoeatuPounceyFosterGilbert
20121DENStarksColonPounceyFosterGilbert
20122NYJStarksColonPounceyFosterGilbert
20123OAKStarksColonPounceyFosterGilbert
20124PHIStarksColonPounceyFosterGilbert
20125TENStarksColonPounceyFosterGilbert
20126CINStarksColonLegurskyFosterAdams
20127WASStarksColonPounceyFosterAdams
20128NYGStarksColonPounceyFosterAdams
20129KCStarksColonPounceyFosterAdams
201210BALStarksColonPounceyFosterAdams
201211CLEStarksLegurskyPounceyFosterAdams
201212BALStarksPounceyLegurskyFosterBeachum
201213SDStarksColonPounceyFosterBeachum
201214DALStarksFosterPounceyDeCastroBeachum
201215CINStarksFosterPounceyDeCastroBeachum
201216CLEStarksFosterPounceyDeCastroBeachum
20131TENAdamsFosterPounceyDeCastroGilbert
20132CINAdamsFosterVelascoDeCastroGilbert
20133CHIAdamsFosterVelascoDeCastroGilbert
20134MINAdamsFosterVelascoDeCastroGilbert
20135NYJBeachumFosterVelascoDeCastroGilbert
20136BALBeachumFosterVelascoDeCastroGilbert
20137OAKBeachumFosterVelascoDeCastroGilbert

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  • steeltown

    dumbfounding

  • Dr. Doom

    What are you going to do ya know, just not our year

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Who do we have left who is actually healthy?

  • cencalsteeler

    Points scored by winning teams this week:
    sf-42
    oak-21
    det-31
    kc-23
    gb-44
    den-45
    no-35
    cin-49
    ari-27
    ne-27
    nyg-15 Last time pitt has scored 30 points in a win dates back to 12-4-11. 35-9 against the Bengals. This weeks winning team average is 42 points scored.

  • steeltown

    My guess is it will be left to right: Beachum, Wallace, Velasco, Hubbard, Gilbert..with Mike Adams and Joe Long as backups

    Unless Foster is good to go, then take Hubbard out and make him the backup with Adams

  • steeltown

    Yep… not only do we need a more sound OLine, but we need another WR and TE threat with high pedigree. Paulson isnt going to cut it and I think E.Sanders had a good game, but that was by far the best game of his up and down career and that’s not going to cut it either

  • T R

    man i would give my next morgage check to have that first OL line up in 2010 right now…

  • T R

    No Adams must go back in as a starter, as bad as it sounds…

  • cencalsteeler

    IMO, Paulson is not an NFL caliber TE. Yes, Mesko bobbled the snap, but his block on that play was pathetic. We need offensive weapons to compete in todays NFL. We have absolutely no REAL threat. We continue to hang our hats on the fact that we have an elite qb, but that alone, is not enough. We lost to a team who’s qb rating was a dismal 25.9. Changes need to be made.

  • steeltown

    I like the A.Brown, Le’Veon and Miller and hopefully Wheaton can be a nice addition, but we need an elite WR threat and another top rated TE

  • T R

    Yep have being saying that.. We need big Offensive Playmakers.. damn the OL high picks. it seems we have to jungle that line anyway with below the line folks so lets just use out picks for WR, TE and hell maybe a big time QB and get ready…

  • steeltown

    So maybe Adams, Beachum, Velasco, Wallace, Gilbert… with Hubbard and Long as backups

  • T R

    I still wish we would have went after Norv Turner last year as our Offensive Coordinator and got rid of Haley… but hey…. we need a OC would wants to make big plays again. don’t cuss me out. But like Bruce Arians. LOL

  • cencalsteeler

    I have always been a Haley supporter and have always given him the benefit of the doubt. With that being said, in order to compete in todays NFL, you have to play “catch me if you can”. If this is all that we see from Haleys offense, it is not going to make the grade.

  • Don

    QB rating ignores all 93-yard TD runs.

  • ND_Steel

    Horrible luck with these injuries and age certainly a factor elsewhere on the Steelers team, but at what point do you start to question the offensive philosophy/coaching/play calling leading to these injuries? Or is it a lack of talent, simply getting steamrolled.
    I think Velasco came in and was instantly our best linemen.

  • steeltown

    They better re-sign Velasco in the offseason

  • cencalsteeler

    That is my point. That play consumed 10-15 seconds off of the clock. Pryor still played qb for the next 59 minutes and 45 seconds of regulation play.

  • TheBlitz

    Thanks for bringing this up.

    Something often overlook is how anemic our offense really is compared to other teams in the league. Even with 3 turnovers and a short field to work with they can’t find the end zone.They still needed help and thankfully that came in the form of a holding call by the raiders.

    The fan base has been critical of the defensive scheme and the lack of TO to help the offense but as we all saw last night even a couple of turnovers wouldn’t help this pathetic offense unless the ball is recovered at the opponent 1 yard line.

  • Don

    No, I wasn’t disagreeing with you. I’m still disgusted by that play is all. The gif of it that was included in one of last night’s posts is simply horrifying. There was a hole nearly half the width of the field.

  • cencalsteeler

    “I was very surprised, because it’s never open like that, very surprised.” Pryor said. – Associated Press

  • steeltown

    Well stated

  • cencalsteeler

    Unfortunately, stats do not lie. The proof is in the pudding.

  • Tim Bodamer

    I’m starting to think that we need to consider getting three or four Velasco-types- a decent player with some talent but won’t break the bank… in the $2M-$3M range… The only place to invest the money is at left tackle… you get a stud with your first pick next year, then that is money saved until the big contract four years down the road. I want them to build depth. Kelvin Beachum and Ramon Foster would be great backups- add another guy in the middle rounds (why did we draft Landry Jones?) and go from there. Let’s be honest…until getting Bell, we haven’t had a quality running back since Willie Parker. And Ben refuses to take a play to put his team in second-and-short or medium. How does that affect play calling and the ability to call a run or pass and confuse the defense?

  • Luke Shabro

    I was all about the FO signing Manny Sanders to a long term deal before the regular season. Now I say let him walk. Good kid, strong work ethic (it seems like, who can say for sure) and can be electric at times but man he seems to make a lot of mental errors. Moye doesn’t seem to be the answer so we need a big body WR bad in the draft. IMO, 2014 Draft needs: 1) OT, 2) big body WR 3) dual threat TE 4) CB 5) NT/DE

  • Luke Shabro

    Hey let’s boost the run game by running right at LaMarr Houston, he’s pretty terrible at setting the edge and stuffing the run. Right? Right guys?!

  • dgh57

    Where’s the extra TE coming from to help block if Adams and Beachum starts? Gordon? That’s if he can get off the inactive list.

  • steeltown

    You’re right on with those draft needs, I’d also add another CB and a LB (in any order)

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The weakest part of this team has been the OL and that drives the offense. No OL no offense.

  • steeltown

    I don’t know anymore, ha!

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Mike Evans, Texas A&M

  • RedCarpetDefense

    I’m on that wagon right with you. WR needs to be our priority, Mike Evans from Texas A&M should be the guy to go with Brown and Wheaton next year. No tackle, guard or center ever won a game for their team.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Yup, Velasco is this season’s Flozell Adams stud find.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    I agree….that being said the deficiencies of an o-line can be masked by the play of the QB and the play calling. If you look at teams like the Broncos, Packers, Patriots, Seahawks and maybe even Saints they all have line issues having lost key starters to injury or just not having stellar players at the position. The QBs get rid of the ball quickly, no huddle and changing the tempo of drives, reading the defenses and audible to a run at appropriate times. Now these teams also have intelligent QBs that are conducive for these things to happen they know when the play is there and when to just get positive yards. The teams mentioned have success doing that with o-lines that aren’t particularly the best in the league.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    ….but you are right Shannon having good linemen definitely helps the cause. It seems (on paper) that the Steelers’ O-line has talent not just potential it befuddles me (and Steelers’ fans everywhere) how inept they are playing. I can only hope that they get it together this season for the sake of progress and to build on for next season. I, for one, have not given up hope for that unit yet as the coaches definitely will have earned their paychecks if they reverse the results of the product we’ve witnessed on the field thus far.

  • Dr. Doom

    Boo hiss! jk

  • Bob Graff

    Everyone said NO when Eifert was suggested , i thought him and Terrance Williams would have gave Ben some weapons he doesn’t have.

  • Bob Graff

    Everyone has there eye on him he’s not megatron but he sure looks like Keyshawn Johnson to me. I know this sounds crazy but could you see Johnny Football in the black and gold. That would bring us up to 30 pts. a game fast. And he may have an attitude but he has a bigger football heart.

  • Bob Graff

    I don’t think you get it, if given the opportunity Haley would get even worse. His offense has 1982 written all over it.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Dude, where were you a few weeks ago when I was getting blasted, roasted and fried for saying exactly that? Manziel IS an exciting, electrifying football player. If you watch his games he does a lot of little things well. He moves within the pocket or away from the pressure to buy time while always looking to throw downfield. He’s a very underrated passer just look at his stats everyone likes to think that all he does is scramble. People bring up his character as being an issue but its not like the kid got arrested or anything. So he’s a self confessed brat there are worse things than that. Manziel would make this team better and account for more points than another 1st rd O-lineman.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    I guess we’re both crazy for even suggesting an alternative to what is already on this roster…LOL

  • Bob Graff

    I’m with you when i watch him i see something special.

  • cencalsteeler

    No, I get it. I just have faith in our front office and believe in them to make the right choices. I reserve judgments on personnel until I feel they have had every opportunity. If your suggesting we should have fired Haley after one season, I think maybe you don’t get it. Last week, I thought we saw some really positive things from our offense, unfortunately this week it disappeared and looked dismal like weeks 1-4.

  • Bob Graff

    There is a difference between being a fan and being blind to the truth.Under Haley our offense has been rank right next to the bottom in the NFL. If his high point is scoring 19 points against an average team like the ravens, and you think that’s good. Well your view is bias and not very accurate. The fact is our offense has been horrible for some time now [too long for me]. Changes need to be made or we are going to watch this over and over again. The truth is the front office has mismanaged this team and have drafted like idiots. The result , no money, old players, no young talent, and a very bleak out look for the future. 6- 10 if they can pull a rabbit out of there hat.

  • cencalsteeler

    Bob, we both agree on the same things. Scroll up and look at my previous posts on this article. I was just not willing to pull the trigger as fast as you, I guess. I considered that Haley can not come in and turn around an offense that quick. That, coupled with coaching changes, a young offensive line, and a qb that was not buying into his system. Now that he is in his second year, things have not improved like you state. And for that, I tend to agree with you. My only reservation lies with not knowing what goes on that we don’t see as fans. Is Haley totally responsible? We can assume from what we see play out, but none of know for sure. Should Bicknell, jr. be fired as well? How about Mann? Kirby Wilson, too? Shouldn’t they take some of the blame as well? The problem is, if we clean house on a regular basis, then that goes against all that this organization has stood for.

  • AndyR34

    I think you are very close to the truth…the QB hasn’t ought into the system…and most of the problems start and end there. As somebody else has said…other teams have OL problems and they can find wys to win. Brady is 6-2 with an offense with less talent than the Steelers.

  • Bob Graff

    I do agree that we are both saying the same thing. And yes all of the coaches you mentioned are friends of Haley or Tomlin. We should have gone out and hired high quality coaches. As a long time fan i have seen this before C. Noll at the end of his tenure hired Joe Walton he had s pretty good offensive mind but it didn’t work in the NFL. We stunk it up for 2 season and the B. Cowher era was here. Is history repeating itself?? BTW Cowher turn it around pretty quick.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    This is sadly a sobering truth. Being a homer I want to hide the hurting feeling that our team is just not very good by hiding behind mundane details that in the end just say the same thing.