How the 2021 offensive line compares to others in Steelers history
2021 offensive line may have its work cut out for it to be considered one of the greatest in Steelers history
I don’t know about you, but when the first 2021 Steelers depth chart was released, I turned to the offensive line because I think the attacking success will increase and decrease depending on the ability of the ” O line “to not only keep Ben Roethlisberger, our franchise and future Hall of Famer QB, standing, but to” pave the way “for our RBs to reinvigorate a rushed attack that was senseless in 2020.
Full Disclosure: I sincerely hope that whatever combination of offensive lines we open the season with is the same combination of offensive lines we end the season with. Continuity will play an essential role in our success. Going further, I sincerely hope that the 2021 “O Line” will be remembered as one of the greatest in Steelers history.
Frankly, I have reservations. On paper and according to the initial depth chart, which will most likely change a few times before deciding which combination will start the 2021 regular season, we have a rookie at LT, a sophomore at LG. , who is probably better positioned to play on the right side of the line, a center who was a substitute in 2020, a former Pro-Bowler at RG and an RT who is coming out of a late season injury in 2020.
So that may not bode well for the Steelers offense which will likely rely on a heavy dose of our 2021 first-round pick Najee Harris. Don’t get me wrong, I really hope they don’t, but looking at this initial “O-line” combination I can’t help but wonder how they’ll stack up against what I think is the best ‘O-line’ suit in Steelers history.
The Steelers have had some huge offensive line combinations, but I think this one is the best ever.
So when I say, “… in Steelers history,” I’m referring to the modern era because I’m only going back to 1978, the year my Steelers journey began. That year, we scored our third Super Bowl victory and presented arguably the best offensive line in our history.
The 1978 Steelers offensive line from left to right was Jon Kolb, a four-time Super Bowl champion who never made a Pro Bowl but, for sure, deserved four-time Super Bowl champion Sam Davis, who, like Kolb, never did a Pro-Bowl, but should have, ‘Iron’ Mike Webster, my all-time favorite player, 9 times Pro Bowler, 5 times All-Pro and Hall of Famer, Gerry Mullins, a another 4-time Super Bowl Champion and another player who should have made at least one Pro Bowl, and Ray Pinney, a former Super Bowl champion and another player who deserved a Pro Bowl nod, in my opinion .
Truth be told, I think Dotson and Turner have the opportunity to be Pro Bowlers for us. The rest of the “O-line” as we sit here today will be strong I think, but probably won’t be remembered as the best in their posts. Again, I hope I am wrong. Hopefully every player will make at least one Pro Bowl in their career and stay in the tradition of the Steelers as one of the best for us to play.
As is the case with most of the topics we discuss, only time will tell how the 2021 Steelers offensive line will be remembered. For our sake, I hope the memory is good.