Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Line Is More Than Questionable, It's a Travesty

Brendan O'Hare@brendohareContributor ISeptember 28, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Doug Legursky #64 of the Pittsburgh Steelers centers the ball as Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls signals out at the line of scrimmage against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Packers won 31-25. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jamison Hensley from ESPN.com wrote a column about how the Steelers offensive line resembles the Saar Offensive, and he couldn’t be anymore right. Take a quick look:

The times when the offense doesn't click can be traced back to the offensive line. It's the main reason why the Steelers rank 26th in the NFL in scoring, averaging 18 points per game. "The offensive line is definitely the weak link," Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson said. "They really just don’t have very good football players there."

Thanks for doing my job, Jamison. This couldn’t be put any better, and it perfectly explains every offensive struggle the Steelers have had in the past decade. Despite drafting Maurkice Pouncey two years ago, little has been done to solidify a soft offensive line, one that was previously led by the human 2 Columbus Circle, Max Starks (now cut). You know what they do when they need a new offensive lineman? Look at last year, when they signed Flozell Adams, who made it a personal goal to be called for at least six penalties a game.

For once, this isn’t incessant Steeler fan whining (although it might be, and I’m just not noticing). The Steelers have had trouble scoring, and Ben seems to be on the ground more than usual. Against Seattle two weeks ago, rookie lineman Marcus Gilbert tripped Seattle defender Raheem Brock into Ben’s knee, causing millions of coronary stoppages across America. Gilbert is a rookie, and he is starting.

The rest of the line is exponentially worse. There is Jonathan Scott, who was injured during the Indianapolis game. There is Chris Kemoeatu, who still serves no purpose to anything. There is Doug Legursky, who only stands out because he doesn’t wear gloves. Of course, there is Willie Colon, but he hasn’t played in two years due to various injuries.

Naturally, instead of paying money in the first round for a new lineman, $29 million was spent on Colon last July. Of course it was.

A quote from this piece really popped out at me, primarily due to the fact that it makes no damned sense and infuriates me to a smoke-out-of-ears level:

"We were not perfect by any stretch," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We're very much a team in development."

I love Tomlin, but this quote is so unbelievably absurd that Asif Ali Zaradi questions its legitimacy. This has been the Steelers biggest problem for a while now, and only the addition of Pouncey marked any attempt to combat it, and he can’t block five guys at once despite his obvious skills.

The rest of the year, as is the norm, will be highlighted by Ben not seeing where is passes are going due to his being face down in the turf. This has been the standard for a long time now, and one can be honestly shocked that Ben hasn’t shot the line execution-style at this point. Or even the management, usually so solid, who refuse to go into the draft or free agency to pick out a prospect who isn’t a total waste of time.