Sep 262013
 

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Earlier today, I wrote about some unkind words Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had for rookie running back Le’Veon Bell. It looks like the team’s captain isn’t done voicing his opinion. On Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin spoke of a meeting he had with guard Ramon Foster where Foster supposedly agreed to step up his leadership role with the young lineman. According to a story on ESPN, it appears Ben wants in on that action, as well.

Truth be told, the offensive line didn’t play all that horribly on Sunday. Their play is still below what you’d expect from a middle first and two second round picks but it isn’t appreciably worse than some of the lines they’ve had in the past. And only the most rabid Roethlisberger apologist would blame them for Ben’s four turnover performance against the Bears.  He was careless with the football, end of story.

Anyway, what pearls of wisdom did Big Ben have for his young line?

“Be tough. Be nasty. If you have to get a penalty because you’re going to be nasty, a holding penalty or you’re going to choke someone out on a run play … I don’t always think that’s a bad thing if you get a penalty every once in a while because you’re playing tough and nasty compared to not getting any penalties and just playing passive.”

WHAT THE HELL?!?

I can appreciate the tough part. I can even understand the nasty part. But get penalties because they show you’re trying really hard? Choke someone out if you have to?

Is it me or is he basically telling the guys to be more like Willie Colon?

We got rid of Colon because he was an out of control psychopath who did more harm than good. He was certainly a talented run blocker, there’s no question about that. However, whatever he brought to the run game couldn’t be off-set by his innumerable false starts and personal fouls. That’s the entire reason the Steelers got rid of him!

Look, I realize Ben is frustrated. I also realize he’s always been very protective of his O-line because their job is to be protective of him. But shouldn’t the coaches be telling these guys how they’re expected play?

“I know the O-line coach [Jack Bicknell Jr.] probably didn’t want to hear me say that, but I just want them to have the confidence to go out and play the way that I know they can.”

Oh.

Here’s a thought: Instead of worrying about whether your line plays with a nasty enough demeanor of if your young running back is a lazy goldbricker, how’s about concentrating on your own level of play? After all, the backs can run and the line can block and none of that will matter if you TURN THE FRICKIN’ BALL OVER FOUR TIMES. So how about that, $100 Million Dollar Man?

  4 Responses to “Big Ben Wants To Coach Offensive Line Now, Too”

  1. “below what you’d expect from a middle first and two second round picks but it isn’t appreciably worse than some of the lines they’ve had in the past.”

    Really? The tackles are by far the worst they’ve had…

    According to Pro Football Focus, Adams has allowed the third -most hurries (11) and quarterback hits (four) among tackles through three weeks. Gilbert has allowed the third-most sacks (three).

    • Considering they had lines that gave up 47, 51, and 50 sacks in a season, I stand by my assertion this line couldn’t possibly be any worse than some of them. Given what they invested, I agree it should be a whole helluva lot better than “not as bad as the worst.” And I also think Beachum should play more.

      The year they gave up 51 sacks, by the way, was the same year they won the Super Bowl. So I give Ben no pass for his horrible play.

      Thanks for commenting Justin. I take it from your three messages, you wondered why your comments didn’t show up immediately. To block spam, I have to approve the person’s comment the FIRST time they post here. After that, the comments will show up immediately as long as they use the same name and email addy.

  2. Their play is below what you’d expect from a 6th round pick, let alone first/second round picks.

  3. They were horrendous Sunday as well

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