Steelers’ Offensive Line Named OL Of The Week


Hats off to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ front five. After a strong performance against the Indianapolis Colts, NFL.com’s Shaun O’Hara named them the offensive line of the week. That front five, of course, consists of: Alejandro Villanueva, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, and Marcus Gilbert. Tack on Chris Hubbard too, who saw time as a tackle-eligible.

Ben Roethlisberger was kept upright, allowing him to throw three touchdowns while Le’Veon Bell averaged over five yards a carry and found the end zone once. O’Hara, who in a bit of a ironic twist, is a former linemen for the New York Giants’, explained why the Steelers were his choice. 

“The O-line was led by left tackle Alejandro Villanueva and right tackle Marcus Gilbert. They played extremely well and gave up just one hurry apiece. According to Pro Football Focus, the Steelers had the second-ranked run-blocking unit and fifth-best pass blocking unit in Week 12.”

Roethlisberger wasn’t sacked for the second straight week, making it the first time since 2013 that’s happened to the Steleers. Gilbert seems healthier and Villanueva has evened out. Foster continues to be a steady presence, Pouncey at his elite level, and DeCastro – while having some struggles – isn’t playing nearly as poorly as some will lead you to believe.

Pittsburgh is on pace to be sacked only 20 times this year. I haven’t looked it up but I’m guessing that’s one of the lowest numbers of this century, despite the fact this team throws the ball more often than they did in say, 2003.


For reference, the Steelers attempted 439 passes in 2000. They were sacked 43 times. Roethlisberger and Landry Jones have 422 attempts this year. Just 14 sacks.

Much credit goes to Mike Munchak for the way he’s coached up the group year-after-year, despite the fact they’ve dealt with injuries every single season. And respect to O’Hara for giving the Steelers’ ironmen some love.

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  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I just want them to be the offense line of the game on Sunday.

  • AndyR34

    Kudos to them! And of course to Coach Munchak!

  • StillersInThe6

    OL of the week but couldn’t make Alex’s winners list! :p

  • pittfan

    “They are who we thought they were”

  • frednash

    Bj is the difference
    #what?
    Strange dud
    Guard
    Center
    1st to ..

  • Michael Mosgrove

    it a shame we could never take joe thomas from cleveland. he deserves better than 9 years of the browns. imagine where we could have been all these years with him at left tackle. my god.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Alex is a tough grader!

  • Lil Smitty

    I don’t know if the Steelers could have afforded him all those years, but it would have been nice to have someone of his caliber.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    cleveland owes him 8.8 mill for next 3 years. after we resign ab, tag bell and resign warren and the other small contract we could still grab him with room to spare. i like big all and i liked beachum but joe thomas even at 31 would be a significant upgrade.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    and because decastro has been garbage since his contract signing.

  • Petherson Silveira

    Congrats!!!

  • SfSteeler

    ouch, those 40 sack seasons were painful, but i digress…

    current line, not great but pretty solid, from starters to depth, me likey!

  • Ralph Wagner

    Come on man, they got an award for doing their job, Now if Castro could remember the snap count and eliminate false starts they would have something of importance. LOL

    Go Steelers……go Castro

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I remember QBs sitting back there sometimes waiting all day to try to make something happen. Back then the great rushers seemed to have more time to get there. Now even the young QBs get the ball out quick. Tougher to get there except on 3rd and long.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    hopefully hawkins eliminates hubbard

  • Vic

    Every team looks good against the brownies and donkeys

  • NinjaMountie

    Alex, I haven’t rewatched any games this season. What’s your opinion of AV? Should the team consider keeping going forward with him as the LT or should they go another route? I know he struggled some in the beginning of the year. Have you seen any new improvements from him, any new problems?

  • Steve Johnson

    Kudos to the O/L

  • Sam Scalleat

    Hubbard performed more than adequately when he had to fill in this season

  • Michael Mosgrove

    To you he might have. He’s trash.

  • Sam Scalleat

    I’ll admit In the lead-up to this season he did not look great. However, considering he started multiple games at tackle, which is not his normal position, and gave up zero sacks (correct me if I’m wrong, I couldn’t find stats), there’s nothing to validate that opinion. He’s a backup lineman, most teams can’t rely on their backup linemen for that type of performance.