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Steelers could use Kemoeatu … really, they could


Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

For all of his shortcomings – and there are many – Chris Kemoeatu was one of the best pulling guards in the league for years.

He was the one who made the Steelers favorite run play “22 Double” work.

If you don’t know what the “22 Double” is, Google Super Bowl XL and Willie Parker’s 75-yard touchdown run. That’s the “22 Double” performed at its finest by another great pulling guard Alan Faneca.

No matter how much the Steelers run game has struggled in past years, they could always rely in the “22 Double”

There were times last year that the Steelers would run that play a dozen or more times during a game with great success.

Not this year.

Through three games, the Steelers have ran the “22 Double” 9 times for 14 yards. The longest run has been 4 yards. It has also produced the Steelers only rushing touchdown.

The play not being successful is one of the main reasons why the Steelers are near the bottom of the league in rushing through the first month.

So, what’s the cause of the play not working well anymore?

You can say because Kemoeatu was released during the offseason and be correct. Or you can say that Willie Colon is having a hard time picking up the pulling part of his switch from tackle to guard.

You’d be right on both occasions.

Colon admitted that he has struggled pulling last week.

It’s not like Colon isn’t capable of doing it – he is fast enough, quick enough and smart enough. It just takes time to adjust to that movement of pulling from the left to the right when you have never done it before.

The quicker that Colon gets better a pulling is the quicker the Steelers run game come around.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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