Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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The Steelers’ offensive line is horrific. It’s the worst in the NFL. 

We had no reason to expect anything different. 

The current starters are composed of three third-round picks and two fourth-round picks. Zach Banner, who is hurt, is another fourth-round pick. 

There’s no pedigree. 

The entire group makes $12 million. (Cleveland’s offensive line makes $50m.) 

There’s nobody proven besides Trai Turner, and he was retrieved from the recyclables bin. 

There’s not a leader. 

None of them were in the mix 13 months ago. All of the starters have turned over since. 

Ben Roethlisberger is getting rid of the ball in an average of 2.41 seconds, But in two games, he’s still been sacked four times and hit 16 times. The rush gets there that fast. 

Rookie back Najee Harris has zero room to work with. 

The offensive line coach is Adrian Klemm. He’s in his first year as a head position coach at the NFL level and just his third season of coaching in the NFL.

Last year, Shaun Sarrett was the offensive line coach. Klemm was his assistant. Sarrett got fired. Klemm got promoted.

So, Sarrett did poorly enough to get fired, but Klemm did well enough to be promoted. That doesn't add up.

Now is when the Steelers need Mike Munchak to coach the offensive line. Not to work with Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro. 

You had to know this group was going to stink. 

It does. It’s hopeless. It can’t be fixed. It might improve, but won’t be good enough. 

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