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They are what I said they were all off-season long.
If it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, then it might just be a duck.
The story can be painted however you like, but lets face the music, even if everyone was healthy the Steelers’ offensive line sure as heck isn’t a mean bunch of bulldogs ready to latch on to the first thing that moves.
The decision to release Justin Hartwig and start first round pick Maurkice Pouncey showed the first sign of an overhaul to the unit, but it is going to take time.
The Steelers are likely two years out from having a rebuilt offensive line, and in the meantime they are struggling to keep able bodies on the field.
A lesser ankle sprain involving the ankle of a 6’7” left tackle is a big deal no matter how you look at it. Injuries like these tend to heal slowly especially in big people like Max Starks.
The off-season backup signed from Buffalo, Jonathan Scott, was single handedly responsible for two negative plays that resulted in game altering scenarios.
First, he gave up a sack/fumble on the first offensive drive of the game that gives the Titans wind in their sails after being punched in the mouth early by the Steelers’ special teams unit.
The Titans went on one of the few drives where they were able to move the ball, and had it not been for a Troy Polamalu interception in the end-zone the Titans would have at least kicked another field goal.
The Second infraction came later in the second half when a holding call brought back a Charlie Batch to Mike Wallace touchdown pass.
Scott is obviously not the answer, but the Steelers have no better option at this point. With the injury to Trai Essex being day-to-day, there are not a lot of options period.
The Steelers are going to need a much better effort from this particular unit if they are going to outduel a very talented defense line in Tampa Bay.