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BlitzburghRockCity
05-23-2008, 05:59 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08144/884230-66.stm?cmpid=HBEHTML


Friday, May 23, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After skipping all workouts except for a required minicamp last spring, Alan Faneca is back working out with his teammates -- the New York Jets.

The seven-time Pro Bowl guard left a huge hole in the Steelers' offensive line when he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Jets this year. Chris Kemoeatu is a large man trying to fill it and hopes to get back on the field to resume that job Tuesday when the Steelers resume practice.

"It's a big step, some big shoes to fill," said Kemoeatu, who did not practice during the team's three workouts this week because of a hamstring injury. "All I can do is come to work every day, watch film and practice to the best of my ability and just try to be me."

And who might that be? For one, Kemoeatu stands 6 feet 3 and weighs a listed 344 pounds, although he may tip the scale a tad over that. That's two inches shorter and at least 37 pounds more than Faneca.

"He's a big, powerful man," coach Mike Tomlin said.

For another, Kemoeatu has been around the past three seasons, ever since the Steelers drafted him on the fifth round in 2005 from Utah despite a few on-field temper tantrums he threw in college.

"I had some issues with it in college," Kemoeatu recounted yesterday. "I kicked some dude in the face, and the following week I did the same thing."

If he still has that kind of temper, it rarely surfaced on the field with the Steelers, but then he only has started two games in three years, none last year.

"I think I've really calmed down, plus I haven't been in there playing that much," said Kemoeatu. "That's helped me calm down as far as controlling myself mentally."

Tomlin does not mind if Kemoeatu uses his temper, as long as it does not get the better of him.

"You like guys who have the potential to fly off the handle within the rules of the game," Tomlin said. "It's a tough game, it's a tough-man's game. He's a tough man. He hasn't shown me that he's incapable of controlling that. If anything, he uses it as a weapon."

Said Kemoeatu: "I'm trying not to [lose control], but it's a physical game and sometimes you get carried away and you just react. I'm definitely at a different level now; if you do something like that, you're going to pay for it."

His coaches believe he is ready. Larry Zierlein, his line coach, thought he was ready last season when Kemoeatu almost beat out veteran Kendall Simmons to start at right guard.

"I'll tell you what: I have a lot of confidence in that guy," Zierlein said. "Aside from the physical thing, he's a big kid. He was ready to play last year. He was ready, and Kendall kind of won the thing, but it was close.'

Close decisions usually go to the incumbent, but there is none at left guard, where Kemoeatu will try to make people forgive the Steelers for letting Faneca get away.

Kemoeatu ran for the first time this week yesterday and practiced getting off the line of scrimmage. He hopes to return to the practice field Tuesday.

"He has a better understanding of what's going on maybe than you think," said Tomlin, noting Kemoeatu's otherwise quiet nature.

If there's one thing I like about Kemoeatu it's that he was a big guy with a nasty streak that could bring some attitude to the line and not be afraid to get in guys faces. This is his chance to step up and we need him big time because the primary backup is Mahan so if he doesn't step up (and Tomlin doesn't shuffle Colon to Guard or anything) then Kemoeatu is the man for the job. If he doesn't hold his own Ben is going to be in a lot of trouble again. Having a quality Center like Hartwig beside him and a veteran like Marvel will help a lot.

Steel58
05-23-2008, 08:09 AM
I can't wait to see him use that temper out on the field :tt02:

ejsteeler
05-23-2008, 09:23 AM
I see this guy becoming like a Joey Porter for the O-line. That would be great! :tt02:

ItAintEasyBeingPeazy
05-23-2008, 09:41 AM
I see this guy becoming like a Joey Porter for the O-line. That would be great! :tt02:

that would be awesome to have some attitude on the O-line, He has the size..but that doesn't mean anything, if it did Max Starks would be the best O-lineman in the league!

ejsteeler
05-23-2008, 09:47 AM
that would be awesome to have some attitude on the O-line, He has the size..but that doesn't mean anyhting, if it did Max Starks would be the best O-lineman in the league!

He size is there, true, but I was talking about using his temper as a weapon and the taunting he could do if he controlled it. Joey was a master of walking that line.

ItAintEasyBeingPeazy
05-23-2008, 09:58 AM
well at this point i'll take any upgrade to the Oline, even if it's just an upgrade in attitude! :postal:

mental.apparition
05-23-2008, 02:02 PM
Kemo's size will go a long way toward determining his success.

As in he needs to push away from the feed table and trim that waist line a bit.

With a chance to compete to start last year Kemoeatu showed up to camp bloated and out of shape and didn't earn a single start the entire year.

Add in the factor that he still seems to struggle with his assignments and you have to question the guy's willingness to prepare himself to play football on the highest level.

K Train
05-23-2008, 02:05 PM
he may very well be to fat

steelcityrockers
05-23-2008, 03:52 PM
But what he doesn't have is the athleticism. If it was up to me, the starting OL would look like this:
LT Marvel Smith
LG Willie Colon
C Justin Hartwig/Darnell Stapleton
RG Kendall Simmons
RT Max Starks/Tony Hills

Black@Gold Forever32
05-23-2008, 05:05 PM
But what he doesn't have is the athleticism. If it was up to me, the starting OL would look like this:
LT Marvel Smith
LG Willie Colon
C Justin Hartwig/Darnell Stapleton
RG Kendall Simmons
RT Max Starks/Tony Hills

I agree......:yellowthumb: Willie Colon is better suited for OG.....If Kemoeatu does start at LG then I hope the best for him...I liked him coming out of Utah and thought the Steelers might have a potential steal in the 5th round that year....But he really hasn't shown much since being drafted....Well with Faneca gone it does give him the chance to prove himself......I'm still hoping Colon does move to OG though...

ejsteeler
05-23-2008, 06:42 PM
I agree that he DIDN'T have the athleticism.....could be different this year......:yellowthumb:
Yeah, i know....I'm a glass is half full kinda guy.:lol:

steelcityrockers
05-23-2008, 10:21 PM
He also can't pass block. And he still isn't athletic enough. I don't watch practice, but call it an assumption.

ejsteeler
05-24-2008, 06:54 PM
Hell man, that's all we have right now is assumption. Each one as good as the next until proven. :yellowthumb:

Steel58
05-27-2008, 08:21 AM
he'll be fine in there:yellowthumb: