Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp: The Offensive Line Experiment

Tom DaleCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 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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I’ve been meaning to write this one for a while. The Steelers depth chart is set for the season, but I wish that they would have tried to be more creative with the offensive line during training camp this year. Will this years group as constructed be ok?  Probably.  Will they be good? Probably not.

He is what I would have tried.

Maurkice Pouncey at center and Chris Kemoetu at left guard, which is same as they have right now.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Move Max Starks back to right tackle. Since Flozell Adams had to learn a new position anyway how about right guard?

This makes a lot of sense to me since it gets him out of pass blocking on the end. This was the rap on him in Dallas even when he was at his natural spot on the left side of the line. He would be a huge upgrade in run blocking from the right guard position over Trai Essex. Yes, Flozell isn't going to be leading anyone out there on a power sweep, but I'll take a couple of shaky plays out of the playbook and save one plus sacks given up per game.

So who do you put in at left tackle? Tony Hills. Hills had a great camp and preseason while he was in there and I think deserved a shot on the starting line. Oh well, is this just my wishful thinking or am I on to something?