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Flozell Will Play Right Tackle; Max Starks Left

The Steelers new OT will be playing somewhat out of position, as Flozell Adams will take the spot on the right side of the line, putting Max Starks on the left:

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin met with reporters for the first time at training camp Friday and clarified the team’s plan for newly signed Flozell Adams. When the Steelers agreed to a two-year contract with Adams on Thursday, it was thought the move could cause some re-shuffling along the offensive line. But Tomlin said Friday that Adams will open the season at right tackle, along with rookie fifth-round draft pick Chris Scott, leaving Max Starks in place as the starting left tackle. Tomlin said he wanted to avoid making changes at two positions along the line. The Steelers lost starting RT Willie Colon to a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury during offseason workouts.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. DrGeorge

    July 31, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    An open question to M. Loede or any other knowledgable fan: How did Chris Scott get back in the mix so soon? The last I heard, he would be out for 3-4 months with his injury.

    As for the story itself, I can’t quibble with Tomlin’s decision to keep the O-line intact as much as possible. I still prefer Starks at RT where his slow feet don’t get him in trouble as readily, but I fully understand the virtue of not shuffling the line any more than necessary on the eve of the season.

    If Adams and Scott are slotted for RT, where does that leave R. Foster?

  2. jay

    August 1, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I believe there are two ways to keep the conventionality of an o-line in tact: one, put the quicker, more athletic players on the left side and the slower, beefier ones on the right AND two, don’t mess with the cohesion and chemistry if at all possible. Since both Starks and Flozell are both relatively slow of foot, why not simply put Flozell on the right side so as to not mess with line’s chemistry and cohesion. Therefore, I agree with the decision to plug Flozell in at RT. Also, to answer Dr. George’s question, I don’t know. I thought the same thing. Maybe there’s confusion between him and the former Buffalo Bills tackle, Scott whom we also acquired. Getting back to Starks, and hopefully Mr. Loede or someone can verify this for me, I heard somewhere that he had shed a few pounds (literally only 5 or so) and is working on his lateral quickness. Is this true???

  3. mark

    August 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I really expected Flo to move to the left and Starks go back to the right. This is where I figured everyone would be most comfortable. Flo where he belongs and Starks back to where he started in his first few seasons. Oh well, shows what I know, right? anyway, Im sure Flo will fit in seamlessly and the line will benefit from the new coach and the new blood! I want to keep my eye on Mendenhall’s fumbling problems in camp (there is talk he has been fumbling already) and how Dwyer handles his load. Could Dwyer be the “upset” special in camp? I mean, maybe unseat Mendy?? Dwyer comes with a lot of ability and some are talking that he was a steal for the Steelers!!

  4. jay

    August 2, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Anyone out there….What news about Dwyer’s ability to showcase his abilities has there been of late??? and how serious are any of the camp injuries…..Help me out I live in eastern PA and don’t get the goods like y’all!!!! (except when it comes to the filthy ass, stinkin birds)!

  5. Keenan

    August 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Doesn’t he mean Jonathon Scott. I thought Chris Scott was out for a few monts.

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