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Pittsburgh has to do a better job of delivering consistent blocking for run and pass plays.
The short answer is that if they don't, Ben Roethlisberger will be a heap of bloody flesh by November.
The longer answer is that the Steelers need to show the improvement they promised from the offensive line. They need to do it consistently and it needs to start this weekend at Heinz Field. Failure to do so will likely result in Mike Tomlin losing his temper and several players losing their jobs.
The only guy I will give a pass to from Sunday night is Max Starks. He played very well and handled solo duty with no major drop in production.
Willie Colon needs to cut out the penalties. Replacement officials or not, I'm tired of hearing that No. 74 committed a false start or held someone.
Maurkice Pouncey was effective but needs to do better when helping the guards. He doesn't always maintain good vision when doing that, which leads to openings in the middle of the line.
Ramon Foster and Marcus Gilbert should be back and they need to be. Doug Legursky and Mike Adams were failures in relief. Adams just isn't quite ready for the speed of the NFL game, and Legursky has never been as effective at guard as he is at center.
The three straight sacks to end the game bothered me. They showed a lack of either conditioning or effort. I'm not sure which, but that can't happen again. The game is 60 minutes—something the Steelers have seemed to forget in previous seasons as well.
Better blocking will lend itself to effective runs and bigger pass plays. The team cannot expect the runners to open all of the holes themselves or that Roethlisberger will always be able to avoid 11 guys trying to kill him.