We’ve been saying it for years, but the Steelers wouldn’t listen. But finally, our prayers have been answered, and oft-injured Steelers right tackle Willie Colon is moving to guard.
“I’ve made the transition to left guard,” said Colon . “I like it. It’s just a matter of learning the verbiage.”
Colon has been the Steelers’ starting right tackle since 2007. He missed the 2010 and 2011 seasons due to injury, but he had been penciled in to return to his spot at right tackle in 2012. But that was before the 2012 NFL Draft took place.
In the recently held draft, the Steelers selected guard David DeCastro and tackle Mike Adams with their first two picks. And apparently the team wants to see both players in the starting lineup right away.
The original plan was for Marcus Gilbert to move from right tackle to left tackle, and for Willie Colon to return to his right tackle spot. However, with the acquisition of DeCastro and Adams, those plans have been changed. Instead, Mike Adams has been penciled in as the starting left tackle, Willie Colon will move to left guard, Maurkice Pouncey will remain at center, DeCastro will play right guard, and Marcus Gilbert will remain at right tackle.
And just like that, one of the greatest weaknesses on the team (the offensive line), may have become the team’s greatest strength.
There is of course the risk of playing an untested rookie at left tackle. After all, the left tackle is responsible for protecting Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side. However, the Steelers will have plenty of time during training camp to make sure that Adams is up to the task. If he’s not, changes will surely be made. But on paper, this sounds like a move in the right direction.
I was extremely happy when the Steelers drafted DeCastro and Adams. And today’s announcements have made me even happier.
I may be getting excited too soon, but I think the Steelers’ red zone problems may have just been eliminated.