View Full Version : Steelers try another center option

06-05-2007, 06:29 PM
The question isn't who is playing center for the Steelers these days.
Rather, it is who isn't playing center.
Willie Colon took a turn at the position during a voluntary practice at the team's South Side facility Monday, which may come as a surprise for a number of reasons, not the least of which is he has never played it.
"That was the first live reps ever in my life," the second-year player said.
And to hear Colon talk, it won't be the last time the right tackle will get repetitions at center.
He said the coaches have indicated that they are going to give him a look at the position, even though the Steelers already have Chukky Okobi, Sean Mahan and Marvin Philip there.
Kendall Simmons could also be a candidate to replace the retired Jeff Hartings, as offensive line coach Larry Zierlein said last week that the right guard will get some work at center during organized team activity practices.
Said Colon of experimenting at center: "I'm not running from the opportunity, so I'm just trying to do the best I can with it."
The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder played right tackle at Hofstra University and started the final two games of the 2006 season at the position after Max Starks was hurt.
Colon said he prefers playing right tackle but added that he would not object to a move to center.
"Whatever gets me a job," Colon said, "I'll do it."
Interesting to hear who they will finally have starting.

06-05-2007, 07:23 PM
Zierlein likes a BIG center, if Colon does good, say goodbye to Chukky.

06-07-2007, 07:56 AM
Zierlein likes a BIG center, if Colon does good, say goodbye to Chukky.

I agree!!
If the Steelers now have Colon in the mix for the Center position that doesn't sound good for Okobi.

I hope Zierlein is good judge of offensive line talent and isn't trying to get too cute moving people around??

06-07-2007, 04:59 PM

I do sometimes scratch my head a bit about this centre situation. I mean how long has Chukki been a Steeler... 5 years, yet when his time comes to step up to the plate all i am reading is that he will be going. If he was that bad and was never going to start when the time came (and we have 1st year Tackles trying his position now), if he was that bad why on earth have we kept him for 5 years? Why did we draft Phillips and keep him on the roster last year too if he's not going to play. I don't get it. :scratch::scratch::scratch:

we draft and keep these players for a reason yet i don't think they will get the opportunity to show why we've kept them on the roster for all this time and i don't understand.

06-07-2007, 08:50 PM
Okobi is gone this year, I'd almost bet money on it. The dude makes a lot of money and there's too many options at Center right now including Mahan who's making even more and will probably get the job.