Willie Colon suffered a season ending Achilles tendon tear and will be out for the entire 2010 season. Flozell Adams, a 12 year veteran at left tackle may switch to the right side to replace Colon. The Steelers have invited Adams for a visit. The Steelers have options, however, and can either start the backups, sign free agent Levi Jones, or move guard Trai Essex to the vacancy.
As the matter relates to Adams, he has been a highly effective tackle with the Cowboys. He was known for his size, power, strength, and penalties. Improving greatly under the tutelage of Bill Parcells, Adams used his strengths to effectively perform at tackle and while effective, his technique would not be taught to young students of the game. Adams is deaf in his right ear, which suggests why he had so many false start penalties. Playing on the right side (consequently with his good ear towards the QB) may reduce Adams’s penchant for false starts.
Where problems may arise, is the footwork for right tackle is the exact opposite of left tackle. Essentially, Adams would have to learn to write left handed after losing his right hand in a tragic fireworks accident. While it is not impossible, the transition can be difficult.
Additionally, the offensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers are much maligned for giving up too many sacks. This is a result of their quarterback (who shall remain nameless) holding the ball too long in an effort to make a play. Adams can fill space, he can drive blockers, and he can knock pass rushers out of rush lanes to give the QB time. He cannot stop a rusher in his tracks and give the QB a ton of time. The fact of the matter is that many tackles can’t give the time required, but Adams’s deficiency will be quickly noticed.
Flozell may have a few years left in the tank, but making a transition to the right side of the line may result in disaster.