Help Wanted: Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Lineman Who Can Block

Alan Shimel@@ashimmyCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2010

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01: Offensive linemen (L-R) Willie Colon #74, Darnell Stapleton #72, Justin Hartwig #62,  Chris Kemoeatu #68 and Max Starks #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stand in the huddle against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Steelers won 27-23.
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NFL team seeking large, warm bodies who can get a body on a defensive player, extending the life of backfield teammates.  Experience preferred, but not required. Only resumes with photos will be considered.

Mail them to Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA  attn: Kevin Colbert

Hey what do we have to lose. We can't do much worse than the lineup that started the Giants game for us Saturday night. If that is the group that the Steelers are going to open the season with, we are all in for a long season. But worse than that, Rashard Mendenhall, Ben Roethlisberger and whoever is going to take his place for four games should make sure their disability insurance policies are paid in full and in effect.

I have not seen a more pitiful performance by an O-line group this side of the "Aints" back in their glory days. If it is Byron Leftwich sentenced to start the first four games of the season with this bunch, with his mobility, I would consider charging Max Starks, Flo Adams and Justin Hartwig with negligent homicide.

The Steelers, as much as Art Rooney II, want to stamp his feet and hold his breath can not run the ball effectively with this bunch. Of course Bruce Arian's play calling with reverses and pitches deep in the backfield don't help either.

The Giants had defensive lineman coming free, seemingly untouched for most of the beginning of the game.  These weren't blitzing linebackers, they were D-lineman. The guys the O-line is supposed to be getting a body on.

Ben wasn't holding the ball too long but he was still getting harried.  Lets face it the only one on this team who seems able to run behind this line is Ike Redmond. Could it be that he was running out of the fullback spot with quick hits into the line?  Maybe there is a lesson to learn there for BA the great?

What about at the end of the first half, we give it Moore at the goal line and he gets stuffed. Deja Vu?  What were we thinking? I felt like I was watching last year's games. This line just can't open holes or move anyone out of the way. They do not get the job done.

I am sure Maurkice Pouncey will be a big help. But he is one guy and a rookie center at that. But lets stop pussyfooting around. Get him in there now! Now, it is high time Max Starks takes the train out of town. He has always been adequate at best.  Give someone else a chance there.  My gut tells me that Flo the Hotel doesn't have enough left in the tank either.  But the real culprits are the guards.  Where are they? Do they ever open a hole?

Football games are won and lost in the trenches. Based on that, I am digging in for a long season. 

Come on, we are still not out of the recession. There are plenty of people out of work. There have got to be a few out there who could do better than what we have now. If you think you have what it takes to help, please apply for the job. We still have a few weeks to right this ship.