If there is one thing that has haunted the Pittsburgh Steelers recently it’s been penalties. While every team has them, the Steelers often find ways to get the dumbest penalties possible . On Sunday night, Steelers’ guard David DeCastro chalked up yet another ‘dumb’ penalty which was a personal foul costing the team 15 yards.
Or was it such a dumb penalty after all?
With under a minute left in the first half of Sunday night’s game in Carolina, the Steelers led just 6-3 and hadn’t done a whole lot offensively but they were moving. Ben Roethlisberger found Justin Brown for four yards at the Panthers’ 24 yard-line. As he was trying to get up, Brown was “hindered” by Luke Kuechly who took his time getting up.
After a quick shove from Brown and a retort from Kuechly, in flying came DeCastro who gave Kuechly a solid shove. Now to be honest, this wasn’t a blow that was going to leave Kuechly in the ICU of the hospital but he sure sold it like it was.
DeCastro was hit with a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty that moved the Steelers back. The following play resulted in a short pass to Bell and then a 45-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham to give the Steelers a 9-3 lead at the half. The Steelers would go on to outscore the Panthers 28-16 in the second half for the win.
The fact that DeCastro has a little edginess to him is a welcome sight in my opinion. Offensive linemen who have that ‘ounce of nasty’ to them are usually loved by their teammates and I’m starting to see this with DeCastro.
For all I know, his penalty meant absolutely nothing but then again I feel like it had an impact. We’ll see where this team and this offense is in the coming weeks but either way, I liked the ‘protective nature’ of DeCastro in that instance. It isn’t something he should do often but like a manager who gets ejected in order to fire his team up, DeCastro did the same thing on Sunday.
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