Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – G/T Guy Whimper

End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it.

Still, it’s not generally a hard concept to grasp, and we have a pretty good feel by now of how Mike Tomlin and his staff likes to operate, and we see all the game film, so it’s not an overly difficult project to simulate. If we were to administer the end-of-season player exit meetings, it might go something like this.

Player: Guy Whimper

Position: Guard/Tackle

Experience: 8 Years

The signing of Guy Whimper in the offseason may have been one of the most chided free agent signings in Steelers history, despite the fact that he was signed for a veteran-minimum contract and was intended to serve as a game-day inactive.

But this is the Steelers’ offensive line, so you know that wasn’t going to happen. In total, Whimper made two starts, once at left guard in place of Ramon Foster and once at right guard in place of David DeCastro. That is not an insignificant statistic, because Whimper has been a tackle by trade throughout his career.

His position flexibility this season saved the Steelers at times when they had nobody else to turn—except when even he was injured against the Buffalo Bills, which ultimately resulted in the following lineup at game’s end, from left to right: Mike Adams, Kelvin Beachum, Fernando Velasco, Cody Wallace, and Marcus Gilbert.

Whimper started the following week at left guard against the Detroit Lions, and frankly was mismatched against that fierce front, as the entire line was. It was easily his worst performance of the season. He had more success filling in at right guard against the New England Patriots a few weeks prior.

His best performance of the season, however, was a 48-snap fill-in job at right tackle in the first game against the Baltimore Ravens, during which right tackle Gilbert went down early with a leg injury.

Though he did give up one sack, his work in pass protection, primarily against Elvis Dumervil, was a huge part of the Steelers’ ability to win that game, and he also showed well in the run game.

In total, Whimper played 270 snaps on offense, quite a significant total for a player who was essentially on the bottom of the depth chart. For somebody just learning the guard position, he showed that he has room for growth as a flexible reserve lineman, and likely did enough to show that he deserves to be re-signed with the potential to improve his play in the interior. Let’s just hope this year that he doesn’t have to actually play.

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Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – TE Heath Miller
Steelers End Of Season Player Exit Meetings – T Marcus Gilbert
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  • JAMESH

    Maybe he’ll gladly pay us Tuesday for a hamburger today.

  • joed32

    Definitely outplayed expectations and he doesn’t cost much.

  • steeltown

    Yea.. bring him back to compete on another one yr deal.. he has position flexibility

  • dgh57

    We have a chance to have a very solid interior OL this year if we resign Wallace and/or Velasko also add into the mix Embernate. So hopefully Whimper won’t be asked to play out of his normal position like he did last year, that is if he makes the opening day roster.

  • CW

    Happy to be wrong about this signing. He did much better than just about anyone would have thought based on his career so far. Hope the team resigns him on a low cost one or two year deal.

  • treeher

    Yes he did, although our expectations were pretty low to begin with!

  • PA2AK

    that’s probably his ticket too as we all know the Steelers typical plan with reserve lineman

  • PA2AK

    while i’m still up in the air with our tackle positions, the OL unit as a whole is trending in a positive direction