Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 5/16/12

Mike Prisuta is reporting that Willie Colon  is the new Left Guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The tweet is a direct quote from Colon.  This is great news in my opinion.  It means that Mike Adams will start.  That Marcus Gilbert will stay at Right Tackle and we now have a more then solid offensive line.

This should have happened years ago.  Colon was projected as a guard out of college and the Steelers forced him into a position he was not expected to play at the NFL level.  Colon has trouble with speed rushers and can not be left on an island by himself.  He is now protected on both sides.  He has Pouncey to explain the plays to him on the inside and Mike Adams potentially on his left.  This sets up nicely for the Steelers moving forward.

I am not a Colon fan but he could be a good guard.  He was not built to be a tackle in the NFL.  This position will suit him better.  It will show off his strengths and cover up his weaknesses.

This move makes the most sense.  There was no point in moving Gilbert to Left Tackle for one year.  There was no point in forcing Colon on the right side when we had a better option.  I thought this would be a battle all summer.  I thought that the Steelers would try to keep Colon at Right Tackle.  I am happy I was wrong.

Just another reason to be thankful Arians is gone.  To him Colon was the best right tackle in the league.  That was never true.  Arians tried to cover the fact that the line was bad by talking them up.  He never really did anything to fix it though. He just kept plugging in the same guys and it only got worse.  Every time something new and good happens it always seems to come back to something Arians refused to do.

I like the direction the Steelers are moving in.  This team is getting better all around.

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