What was shaping up as the best offensive line in the NFL has gone to shambles. The Steelers will head into the 2012 season much like the 2011 season, with a poorly built Oline. To the Steelers credit they did address it in the off season. Decastro and Adams were drafted. They did resign Max Starks. Fortunately, Willie Colon is back. That may be the only good news for the Steelers. Decastro's season has been derailed with an injury. Adams needs a year or two to develop.
Now, the Steelers will have Starks, Colon, Pouncey, Foster, Gilbert, instead of Adams, Colon, Pouncey, Decastro, Gilbert. It's not that Starks is a bad player. He ranks 29th in the league for left tackles. But if you want a formidable run offense, you're going to need a good line. The Steelers don't have that. If one of the starters goes down, then the steelers reserves is quite thin. No one wants to rely on the likes of Beachum to protect Ben's blindside. I imagine Krugler would switch Gilbert to the left side.
I would expect a few games like the Ravens and Colts. Ben will have to revert to his signature scrambling. Five sacks a game minimum. Let's just hope the D can win a few games that the O probably can't.