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Lining up the line for week 12

The makeshift offensive line, which re-discovered some of its old ways after the first quarter this week, could get a boost this week with the return of Todd Steussie.

Knowing for some time now that he was coming back this week, I've wondered about his playing shape, i.e. does he have it? Linehan told the PD that he does and he would play this week.

"I know he's in very good condition. ... We'd like to get him ready as soon as possible. He's a veteran that works very hard at keeping in shape."

The same article notes that Steussie will likely be used on the right side of the line, at guard or tackle.

Hmmm.

Last year, Steussie filled in at LG for eight games and then moved to LT for seven games. I'd probably put Steussie in at LT and move Barron back to the right side. Barron's been okay at LT, but he gets beat regularly at the keystone spot for pass protection. Remember, Bulger had a career season in 2006.

Of course, they could be inserting him into the right side out of concern for the running game and get more holes opened up for Steven Jackson. Brett Romberg could also be back at center for this game, moving McCollum back to a right guard spot. That would resemble closely the makeshift line that served pretty well last season, and might be able to hold off Seattle's pass rush just enough for the Rams to make it a game.

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Where should the Rams play Steussie?

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  • 50%
    left tackle
    (2 votes)
  • 50%
    right tackle
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    left guard
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    right guard
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