Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Coming into Focus?

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an article in today's paper, and it seems that a starting offensive front may have been decided upon:
"The Steelers' search for an offensive line has entered the bonus round and may well be settled.

Mike Tomlin said he is closer to deciding on his starting line, yet with the most important preseason game coming up for starters, he already may have picked one.

After admittedly going over the video from the game Saturday night at Washington 'with a fine-tooth comb,' Tomlin's starting offensive line yesterday could be the one that opens the season in Cleveland Sept. 9.

From left to right they are tackle Marvel Smith, guard Alan Faneca, center Sean Mahan, guard Kendall Simmons and tackle Willie Colon
."

Of course a development of that sort calls into question the future -- both short-term and long-term -- with the Steelers of Chukky Okobi. His $2,000,000 salary this year escalates above the $3,000,000 level in 2008 and 2009, so it seems very unlikely that he would survive for long.

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