Well, it is no mistake that the Pittsburgh Steelers had some bad play on the offensive line during the 2013 season. To make matters worse, they had injuries – a lot of injuries. All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey lasted just eight plays into the season before right guard David DeCastro plowed into his knee, leaving the offense distraught.
The offensive line started over seven different combinations over the course of the season. Almost every starter missed time on the field besides right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Even the backups were injured. Center Fernando Velasco went down on Thanksgiving night which forced the Steelers down to their third stringer, Cody Wallace. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum got hurt just plays after Velasko, causing Mike Adams to finish out the game.
In the whole process, however, the Steelers found some men that they would like to hold onto. Velasko and Wallace both stood the call of duty when their numbers were called, and according to Scott Brown of ESPN, the Steelers will try to get both interior lineman back for the 2014 season.
Velasko played 758 downs in 2013 finishing with a +1.5 grade on pass blocking according to ProFootabllFocus.com, and -2.4 in run blocking. Velasko allowed just one sack and immediately stepped in and called plays on the offensive line.
Wallace played 294 snaps. He finished +2.4 in run blocking and -1.0 in pass blocking. Wallace allowed two quarterback sacks.
In 2014, the offensive line will be under the direction of new offensive line coach, Mike Munchak. Bringing back Wallace and Velasko should keep good depth on the line. The Steelers must find space as they are in a fight with the salary cap at the moment.