Steelers Guard Ramon Foster Says Persistence, Execution Key to Fixing Offense

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 19, 2013

Steelers guard Ramon Foster breaks down the offense's struggles through the first two weeks of the season.
Steelers guard Ramon Foster breaks down the offense's struggles through the first two weeks of the season.Geoff Burke/Getty Images

This summer, Gillette paired up NFL rookies and veterans in training camp as part of its "Built for Training" program, with six weekly online episodes showing the journey from camp to the start of the 2013 season. It concluded with "Training Tracks," which featured the sounds of athletes working out turned into a song, produced by former LCD Soundsystem member Phil Mossman and a video directed by Michel Gondry. 

Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster was one of the veterans to participate in the program. We got a chance to speak with Foster about the video, and the Steelers' struggles to move the ball on offense, which has helped them start their season at 0-2. 

Check out the interview and the music video below. 

 

The sounds of working out—the next big thing in music?
The sounds of working out—the next big thing in music?Vincent Pugliese-USA TODAY Sport

B/R: I checked out the Gillette "Training Tracks" video. Do you think there's a future for music made from the sounds of athletes working out?

Foster: I'm pretty sure it can be. There's a lot of sounds that go on, guys make sounds they don't even think they know they're making. There's a lot of grunting. I've had guys say "What sound you just make?" And I'm like, "What sound are you talking about?" I think there can be an anthem made out of it.

 

B/R: So, switching to football, the Steelers are 0-2 right now and the offense is struggling a lot. What has the offense done so far to attempt to turn things around?

Things haven't been going the Steelers' way on offense thus far.
Things haven't been going the Steelers' way on offense thus far.Rob Carr/Getty Images

Foster: More attention to detail has been the biggest thing we've focused on this week. I had a physical practice today. Just the small things that have happened that you can't be proud of seeing, like late hits on Ben, and stuff like that. Guys got to take more pride in it, guys got to take more pride. In the run game, tend to some guys. When other teams watch our film they want to model themselves after us; that's the approach we're taking, and that's the approach that we've got to reinforce.

 

The Steelers haven't had 50 rushing yards in a game yet this season.
The Steelers haven't had 50 rushing yards in a game yet this season.Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

B/R: There was a lot made of the offensive line switching to the outside-zone blocking scheme, with Jack Bicknell Jr., coming in as your new line coach, but still the run game isn't producing a lot of yards. Has the transition had something to do with this?

Foster: I wouldn't say that. I would say that it's a matter of getting the job done, that's the biggest one right there. The plays are called and we just got to execute it. That's not a reflection on us not working hard or anything like that, we've just got to make it happen. That's the one thing, is just to get the job done. That's where we're at right now.

 

B/R: So, what do you think it will take to get the running game back on track?

Better execution on first and second downs will help Pittsburgh's run game turn on in the third.
Better execution on first and second downs will help Pittsburgh's run game turn on in the third.Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Foster: Persistence at it. Ben's the guy to make sure you don't let your guy fall off and make a silly tackle. That's the most important thing. Continually build on the run game; we've got to put our coordinator in the position where he can call more runs. We can't be in a 3rd-down-and-8 and expect to run the ball, we've got to do really good on first and second downs.

 

B/R: Ben Roethlisberger is known for moving out of the pocket, improvising and extending plays. While it's paid off, does this make him a more difficult quarterback to protect because you don't really know where he's going to go?

Never, ever stop blocking for Ben Roethlisberger.
Never, ever stop blocking for Ben Roethlisberger.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Foster: No, because the thing that I remember when I came in 2009 was, in the first game I ever started was, the older guys told me "Whenever you're blocking for Ben, you're not done until the whistle is blown and the play is over." You block until you need to block some more. Just when you think you've blocked enough, block longer. That's the type of quarterback that you're dealing with and that's the understanding guys got to have. He's going to do that, and you just have to respect it; it just comes with blocking for Ben. 

 

"Training Tracks," presented by Gillette Clear Gel