Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 12/28/11

Now this is just wrong.  Keisel is having his best season.  What he has had to play through this season is unreal.  He is part of the number one defensive unit in the NFL and he is making plays every game.

Keisel has had to work through so much this year.  He has had to play without Casey Hampton for 3 games on his inside.  That does not even count that Hampton’s back up Chris Hoke has missed the entire season.  Keisel had to do more to stop the run then ever before with the lack of a middle presence in many games.

Keisel has been working with less then usual on his outside shoulder as well.  He also has had to play without James Harrison for 5 games with an eye injury and suspension.  During that time Lawrence Timmons replaced Harrison.  That meant Larry Foote came off the bench for Timmons in the middle.  Keisel had no help around him.  He had to protect inside, outside and his back side due to injuries.

Keisel helped lead the Steelers the to the number one overall defense.  They have the ninth best rush defense in that time and that is with Keisel almost by himself on the interior.

During that time when Harrison was out Keisel also had to carry the load on the pass rush.  Timmons was getting no push from the outside.  We got no sacks from our right outside linebacker position when Harrison was out.  Keisel had 3 sacks during that time. 

Dwight Freeney got in on his name.  Elvis Dumervil is an outside linebacker who was listed in the wrong position just because he puts his hand on the ground at times.  Andre Carter deserved to make it.  I can not put any of these guys above Keisel though.  The disrespect for 3-4 Defensive Ends is just wrong.  Take a look at the whole game not just the sack numbers.

Keisel deserves to be on this team.  The fact that he is not even an alternate disgusts me.

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