Like most assistant coaches in charge of a unit Jack Bicknell Jr. is well aware of the problems of his offensive line. He does not have to be told that Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked seven times and that most of the pressure is coming against his young tackles Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert.

He does not need to be reminded that the Steelers have rushed for 75 yards -- the lowest two-game total to start a season in franchise history -- or that the offense is averaging a meager 2.4 yards per rush.

And he is well aware that the offensive line is probably receiving the largest dose of blame for the poor performance of the offense which has scored 19 points in two games has converted just 7 of 25 third-downs and is scratching to find something that will work for more than just one series.

But Bicknell who is in his first season with the Steelers is not worried about his offensive line. He is not ready to panic and give up on his young players even without their Pro Bowl center and leader Maurkice Pouncey.

On the contrary Bicknell believes the offensive line built with athletic agile players who were high draft picks is ready to emerge.

"These guys are at a point where we're going to really start to jell" Bicknell said. "It's not like they're young anymore. I think we're close. Sometimes it doesn't look like we're close but we are."
There are many who might disagree.

Pro Football Focus which charts every play at every position of every National Football League team rates the Steelers offensive line 26th out of 32 teams. The tackles Gilbert (51st) and Adams (60th) are rated near the bottom of the league mainly because of their pass-protection deficiencies. ESPN analyst Merril Hoge a former Steelers running back said guard David DeCastro is getting steamrolled on bull-rushes.