The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the midst of a terrible season and it’s made worse because of the talent that they do have on the roster. This team should not be this bad and it’s been tough to watch as a Steelers’ fan. Though blame has to be spread around to everyone, players and coaches alike, a huge reason of the struggles has to be pointed to the offensive line. Losing Maurkice Pouncey in week one crushed the team mentally but Fernando Velasco has actually been pretty solid filling in. Marcus Gilbert seems to have settled in at RT but Mike Adams completely flamed out at LT. That has left the team to start Kelvin Beachum at LT for the foreseeable future this season.
The mistake the Steelers’ coaching staff has made recently is being satisfied with someone just being serviceable. I mean does anyone remember the team going into a season with Jonathan Scott as the starting left tackle? Ben Roethlisberger has proven that he can make up for an average offensive line but just plain bad? It’s a lot to ask your quarterback to consistently have to block for himself, throw the ball and then catch it himself downfield. Has Ben been perfect this season? No, in fact he’s been pretty off for most of the year. But being hit as much as he does on a regular basis could possibly have something to do with it. Combine that with the fact that the offensive line seemingly couldn’t open up running lanes against a high school team.
The point I am trying to make is that although Kelvin Beachum hasn’t been completely terrible, the team should jump at the chance to upgrade the position. At this point the only two players I’d consider would be Jake Matthews of Texas A&M and Taylor Lewan of Michigan. I’d prefer Matthews to Lewan because he’s seen as more of a safe player but either would be great players for the Steelers. Wouldn’t it be nice to see Ben Roethlisberger not running for his life on every play? I know Mike Adams was thought to have a shot at developing into the LT of the future but can we for once not have to hope a guy will come through? When the Steelers drafted Pouncey we knew he was a lock. When the team drafted DeCastro, though he struggled to start, we knew he was a lock.
The team can spend two first round draft picks on defensive ends but protecting the quarterback is only worth second rounders we hope pan out?