If you think this slide I am going to do nothing but bash the offensive line, do yourself a favor, and click the NEXT button now.
The Steelers found the next great center for the orginization, in Maurkice Pouncey. Pouncey, barring injury, will represent the Steelers in MANY Pro Bowls into the future, and is a great way to build an offensive line.
Mike Webster (RIP), Dermonti Dawson and Jeff Hartings can be proud that the position they once held, and was the strength of the line, is manned by a player like Pouncey.
At the guard positions, Chris Kemoeatu, when not hurt, is a quality player, that plays well enough that he does not have to be replaced. At least not yet.
Flozell Adams has been a surprise to this point. Sure, he has is occasional melt down, and forgets how to block for a play. BUT, if the Steelers believe that Jonathan Scott, Ramone Foster or Tony Hills has the potential to one day man the position of a full time basis, then another year with the Steelers for Adams might not be a bad thing.
When it comes to the two starting offensive linemen for the Steelers from last year, Max starks and Willie Colon, unfortunately, the Steelers are going to have to prepare for life without them.
Starks has an injury to his neck, and for a big offensive lineman, that is never good. I have to think of it, similar to the Marvell Smith situation (as much as I hate to). This is the type of injury that is going to have to be thought of as career threatening.
As for the Willie Colon situation, not only is he recovering from an Achilles injury, but is going to be an unrestricted free agent. Do the Steelers want to take a chance on resigning a player, that missed all of the previous season with a leg injury?
I think the only way Colon is brought back, is if the Steelers know that the injury to Starks is more serious than it is currently believed to be.
With Maurkice Pouncey showing that a rookie can not only contribute, but be successful, I look for the Steelers to use one of their top picks in the NFL Draft on one of the offensive line positions. Just not at Center.