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Any time someone starts talking about the Steelers offensive line, you hear things like,
- "worst offensive line in the NFL"
- "the Steelers would be a dynasty if they had an offensive line"
- "they will be the reason Ben Roethlisberger will be retired by the time he is 30."
Steelers Nation hears about this all the time. People think the Steelers offensive line is horrible, simply because of the pressure that Ben Roethlisberger is normally under.
People don't take into account that Rothlisberger holds the ball longer than any QB in the NFL.
Add to that, Maurkice Pouncey will be entering his second season, and hopefully will improve over his Pro Bowl rookie outing.
Max Starks and Willie Colon (restricted free agent, depending on rules of 2011) will both return from season ending injuries, which would instantly improve the offensive line.
Flozell Adams will be back to again defend the right side of the line.
And Colon will have competition with rookie second round draft pick Marcus Gilbert, who has played with Maurkice Pouncey at the University of Florida.
Add all of these pieces together, and the Steelers offensive line could lead the Black and Gold the Super Bowl XLVI.