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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


  1. Alfonso Ortega says:

    They should hire Kemo, unless he is 400 pounds, Colon has not cut it, and I don’t know if he can pull, he looks wayyyyyyyyyyyy to heavy and quite slow.
    Maybe Arians was up to something when he said that Willie did not ran welll enough to play guard.

  2. Tim says:

    No thanks on Kemoeatu. What you really need is someone to hit the hole quicker. Right now the backs look extremely coming out of the block. Extremely slow.

  3. Unfortunately Kemoeatu is now @ 400 Pounds! & with his lack of Discipline in drawing STUPID late penalties, he is of NO use to the Banged-Up offensive line of the Steelers…

  4. Steve says:

    Kemo was a holding penalty waiting to happen. How often did the offense have to overcome his untimely penalties during a scoring drive? I also recall an instance last season where he jumped on the pile after the whistle and got flagged for a personal foul at a most inopportune time. Just an undisciplined player IMO.

  5. Jackagain says:

    Are you kidding? Pulling is all that Pillsbury Doughboy could do at a professional level. He cost the Steelers the last Super Bowl…..good riddance.

  6. brett says:

    I will never forget the Super Bowl against Arizona. The final drive was culminated with a touchdown in spite of Kemo, not because of him. His horrible holding call put the Steelers at the 10 yard line. Lets just pray for a quick recovery for Decastro.

  7. Leefoo says:

    There’s a reason nobody has picked him up.

    He’s still a free agent.



  8. Darkhorses says:

    Colon or Kemo wonderful choices. From what i saw of Decastro at college, he’ll show these two drive stallers what a pulling guard is

  9. pc W says:

    Kemo is not the answer. the last two years, he had lost a step (or more) and wasn’t particularly good at pulling anymore. SB XL might have been the last time he ran it successfully. He started putting on weight like crazy the folowing year.
    Otherwise, he was a massive holding machine – much like Colon.

    Due to poor knee bend technique (which they both had/have) leaves them bending at the waist, gived them bad leverage and shortened reach. Tthis makes them: 1)weak run blockers, instead of the road graders they should be considering their size/strength, and 2) poor pass blockers since this horrible technique leaves them off balance, leaning forward (this is made worse for Colon considering his shorter arms.

    Colon was horribly exposed outside (at RT) since he started there. I don’t care what anyone says, coaching staff, or not. While he is strong as a bull, his bad technique and short wingspan killed him. the only saving grace was that he was on the right. QB’s front side, tends to have DE/OLBs focused more on run stopping that pass rushing, and also tends to get more help from a TE/RB due to having a “strong” formation.

    The move inside – to guard – should have made up for some of that – except he is on the LEFT side. Playing in space more since that is QB backside and LT is usually on an island; and, Steelers tend to pull to right. Both of which don’t fit his stengths.

    Perhaps once DeC comes back, they can slot him in to LG and shift Willie to RG. His bad technique will still hurt him, but hopefully, less so.

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