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Stairwayto7
12-20-2011, 01:08 AM
I thought Legursky actually did a descent job especially with all the no huddle and all the shotgun formation.. But I thought Starks looked horrible! Smith kicked his ***! And very disappointed overall in our run blocking.

Jack Lambert
12-20-2011, 01:15 AM
been a Steeler fan for 42 years and this is hard to say but each year the offensive line gets, worse, and worse, and worse! And of course during draft day they will go after another linebacker

BlitzburghRockCity
12-20-2011, 01:16 AM
Offensive line was owned in just about every way tonight. There was little to be happy about with the left side of the line especially. Credit the 49ers defensive front 7, they played a great game but blame the Steelers line too for really just flat out bad play. Tunch Iklin and Bill Hilgrove talked about it tonight just before the Tomlin post game presser. This was a night that as an offensive lineman you just want to forget about. Go home, watch the film and put it behind you. Chalk it up to a bad night, try and fix what's wrong and don't dwell on it.

Max Starks had probably his worst night since he returned to the team earlier this year. He was routinely blown up or out played by the Smith's on the 49ers defense.

Doug Legursky wasn't the worst in the first half but he certainly was blown up in the 2nd half more often than not.

Trai Essex gave no help to anyone as the pressure came in from his side all night long.

If there was ever a question as to how much Maurkice Pouncey means to this team it should have been answered this year if not already from last years super bowl. The Steelers are going to have to get these guys healthy for the post season or it will be a short lived run.

elephantman
12-20-2011, 01:19 AM
been a Steeler fan for 42 years and this is hard to say but each year the offensive line gets, worse, and worse, and worse! And of course during draft day they will go after another linebacker

we cant win on the road....that includes 'WINS' at KC and Indy....so now is it 3 on the road FML

BR7
12-20-2011, 01:22 AM
I thought Legursky actually did a descent job especially with all the no huddle and all the shotgun formation.. But I thought Starks looked horrible! Smith kicked his ***! And very disappointed overall in our run blocking.

Legursky got blown up quite a few times. If this is how it's gonna be, we will be one and done.

Stairwayto7
12-20-2011, 01:25 AM
spoke to soon!

BlitzburghRockCity
12-20-2011, 09:41 AM
Until this offensive line gets healthy and can stay together for more than 2 weeks at a time without changing out personnel, we are going to continue to have problems.

Even the calming presence of Max Starks isn't enough to fix every issue when Pouncey is not in the game. Losing him causes you to switch up to spots on the offensive line. That has got to stop. This team needs to figure out a way to find an offensive guard that doesn't need to come out of the game every time our Center leaves with an injury.

Legursky is not your full time guard, but he is a very versatile replacement for just about everyone. If they don't gett his line fixed for 2012 things are never going to change.

LatrobePA
12-20-2011, 09:55 AM
Honestly, I'm not too worried about the oline, the unit as a whole is so much better with Pouncey. The whole damn team is banged up and the niners tasted the blood in the water and came out fighting... We were like the fat kid at the bus stop getting poked and picked on until finally having his lunch money stolen..

We'll bounce back, don't get too down on this team!

Zachintosh66
12-20-2011, 10:00 AM
same ole story... week in week out, hell year in year out

RIVERS OF STEEL
12-20-2011, 10:08 AM
Hey peeps. This same O line gotta play the shittiest team in the NFL in just a couple a days. Think they gonna get rested and not more injuries?

SteelDad
12-20-2011, 10:15 AM
Early on, I thought the line was doing exactly what it needed to do because Ben was looking for shorter, quicker routes. Seemed to me as soon as BA completely stopped running the ball was when we got into trouble because the Niners could just pin their ears back.

LatrobePA
12-20-2011, 10:17 AM
Early on, I thought the line was doing exactly what it needed to do because Ben was looking for shorter, quicker routes. Seemed to me as soon as BA completely stopped running the ball was when we got into trouble because the Niners could just pin their ears back.

Exactly... At that point they had us right where they wanted!

Clevelandsux
12-20-2011, 05:12 PM
Starks got manhandled. I mean this guy is 6'8! WTF!!!!

LatrobePA
12-20-2011, 05:21 PM
Like I said it was one game people, move on..

Rampage
12-20-2011, 05:34 PM
I don't completely blame the o-line. There was a personnel shuffle thanks to injury, the game plan went pass happy once the team got down and Roethlisberger was about as mobile as Mount Rushmore out there. That is a lot to ask an o-line to deal with.

I really wish they would have put Dixon in there. He couldn't have played worse than Roethlisberger, but he has escapability.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-20-2011, 06:28 PM
If you go by Tomlin's "the standard is the standard" then these guys were so far below the standard they couldn't see it with the Hubble telescope! I agree the game plan was total crap given Roethlisbergers lack of mobility but my goodness at least block somebody some of the time. The Smith brothers were all over Max Starks like he was the rookie; no doubt his worst game since his return this season.

Foster and Gilbert weren't all that bad but they were hardly stellar. If this team doesn't get Pouncey back it's only going to get worse. If that means resting him this week to get him healthy for the post season then so be it.

DIESELMAN
12-20-2011, 07:45 PM
"The standard is the standard" is such a load of crap. Might as well keep saying "they are who we thought they were". lol

Goodfrom55
12-20-2011, 07:54 PM
The stunt they repeatedly ran last night was similar to the one the Ravens run against the steelers all the time and they couldn't stop it then either.

They didn't lose a nailbiter, they got whooped. Time to move on to the Rams.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-21-2011, 04:35 PM
"The standard is the standard" is such a load of crap. Might as well keep saying "they are who we thought they were". lol

:lol:

In theory it's a good way to go about things, and the players do buy into it I'll give them that. If you start making excuses for backups not being able to perform then you have a serious issue with not only your backups but the coaches philosophy on how to run a team. You have to hold these guys to the same standard and make them accountable for the roster spot they hold and the money they make.

I think one thing the Steelers don't usually do as well as other teams is trying to minimize the weakness that is apparent when a backup comes in. When you have an offensive line in shambles with injuries so often why on God's green earth aren't you doing things to minimize that impact. It's not easy I'll give you that just based on the nature of the position, but also not impossible. Run the no huddle more often, run plays that offer the QB a quick drop and shot passes to get the ball out so the guys don't have to block as long. They do it now and then but they never stick with it. That drives me banana's, they find something that works and keeps Ben from getting killed yet you don't stick with it. It's that type of stubborn, tunnel vision, that drives the Steeler Nation crazy.

connecticutsteel
12-21-2011, 07:05 PM
Starks got manhandled. I mean this guy is 6'8! WTF!!!!

OBIVOUSLY you never player o- line it's about strenghth and leverage i don't care if your 10 ft tall and weigh a 1000 pounds you'll get beat every time if your not low enough

DIESELMAN
12-21-2011, 07:17 PM
OBIVOUSLY you never player o- line it's about strenghth and leverage i don't care if your 10 ft tall and weigh a 1000 pounds you'll get beat every time if your not low enough

Thats why Harrison is so successful, he's, 5'11", 6'? He gets underneath the lineman and has the leverage and strength.