Found January 04, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
The Pittsburgh Steelers watched for years as Ben Roethlisberger was sacked again and again due to a poor offensive line in front of him. In a four year stretch from 2006 to 2009 Roethlisberger was sacked at least 46 times per season and even hit 50 sacks in 2009. Following that dreadful 2009 season the Steelers knew it was time to protect their franchise quarterback. In the subsequent three drafts the Steelers made the following selections: 2010 1st pick – Maurkice Pouncey, center, Florida 2011 2nd pick – Marcus Gilbert, tackle, Florida 2012 1st pick – David DeCastro, guard, Stanford 2012 2nd pick – Mike Adams, tackle, Ohio State That’s four top picks in three years including two first round picks all spent on improving the Steelers offensive line. Pouncey has reached the Pro Bowl in all three of his NFL seasons and is looking to continue a strong legacy at center for the Steelers. Gilbert and Adams were both forced to play as rookies and played well at right-tackle, but one of the two will need to separate themselves as the left-tackle of the future. As for DeCastro a knee injury cost him the majority of his rookie season, but he is considered a very good player and was being praised highly by coaches before he suffered that injury in the Steelers last pre-season game. Sean Kugler was brought over in 2010 as the Steelers offensive line coach, but he was recently hired on as the next head football coach at UTEP. The Steelers will now have to find a replacement and it could be one of, if not the, most important things they do all off-season. With the talent the Steelers have at offensive line they should be able to create a solid unit for the 2013 season. The only issues is keeping them healthy and building cohesiveness in the group. Injuries were common place during the 2012 season as was an ineffective running game. However, in a three game stretch during the middle of the season the Steelers ran the ball well against the Bengals, Redskins and Giants. That was also the only time during the season that the line was relatively healthy and consistent for three straight weeks. One thing the Steelers should really look at is the zone blocking system. A zone blocking system requires athletic lineman who can move well and with the youth and athleticism on the Steelers line they fit the bill. Mike Shanahan has been using the zone blocking scheme for years after offensive line coach Alex Gibbs installed it during his tenure. There have been three sixth round running backs to ever run for 1,000 yards as a rookie, Terrell David, Mike Anderson, and Alfred Morris, all three played for Shanahan their rookie year. The zone blocking scheme is also employed by Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak who formerly worked as Shanahan’s offensive coordinator in Denver. With the Texans Kubiak has helped form a blocking scheme that turned undrafted rookie free agent Arian Foster into an All-Pro. It is no secret that the zone blocking scheme has created great running backs because of it’s effectiveness. If the Steelers can find an offensive line coach that employs zone blocking it may just bring the running game back to Pittsburgh.   Some options for Offensive Line Coach in 2013: Russ Grimm – Grimm was the Steelers offensive line coach the last time they had an effective run game. In 2007 he was a candidate for the Steelers head coaching position (which went to Mike Tomlin). After the hiring of Tomlin Grimm left for Arizona and has been working with Ken Whisenhunt since. However, he was fired, along with Whisenhunt, following the 2012 season. Grimm is a free agent and if he has any interest on returning to the Steelers I’m sure they would give him a look. Juan Castillo - Castillo was the Eagles offensive line coach from 1998-2010 and then became their defensive coordinator in 2011. If Castillo is looking to return to the ranks of offensive line coaching he would be a good candidate. He was a very good line coach for the Eagles for 13 years; so much so that Andy Reid has publicly stated that he wants Castillo to follow him to the Chiefs to be his line coach. Dermonti Dawson – Dawson has stuck around with the Steelers here and there since retiring in 2000. If he was interested in becoming the teams offensive line coach I’m sure they would at least consider it.   Tunch Ilkin   Anyone that runs the zone blocking scheme. Seriously, I would take any offensive line coach that employs a successful zone blocking scheme. The post Steelers New Offensive Line Coach may be Most Important Decision of the 2013 Off-Season appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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