thanks for posting Northcoast. Looks like we may have you converted dizz... lol
looking at the 30/60...I guess it took velasco a year or two to develop... as is often the case. I guess it could be said that the man has made the most of his abilities.
Dizz, by what measure is Pouncey as great as people think?
Sure he can move, I saw it when he was a rookie. He flashes that ability every once in awhile.
But what does he do consistently, game in and game out that is BETTER than his peers?
Pass block? No.
Run block? Definite NO.
You are right about Velasco. He HAS only started half his games played. He is not a great center. Neither is Legurski.
My point is that the fact that THOSE GUYS can replace him with such ease, and NO noticeable dropoff only adds to the case that Pouncey aint all he is cracked up to be.
Our RB's last year were Redman and Dwyer... ohhh watch out for those 2 hitting the hole with speed.
DD was hurt in preseason last year and in previous years the OL injuries and musical chairs was far worse than this year. Oh... and how great is your interior running going to be with Kemo ignoring the guy in front of him. The guy could pull but couldn't do anything else.
2009 we ranked 19th in ypc
2010 .... 11th
2011 ... 14th
2012... 26th.... new OC, Redman and Dwyer.. yeah... why did we fall off? Pouncey? I dont think so. We also lost DD that year.
2013.. 31st. There is a drop off IMO and DD is healthy and Bell is far better than Redman and Dwyer. Bell is a rookie so I will give him the benefit that he will improve inside.
I have a hard time believing we don't have NO noticable drop off without Pouncey... I think its fun to say but if there was no drop off we would hear Legursky's name among the top centers and Velasco damn sure wouldnt be a cap casualty hit.
Velasco comes in for 7 or 8 games and its a wrap? nah... too small of a sample size IMO.
Last edited by feltdizz; 12-02-2013 at 10:47 PM.
btw, I respect your opinion on Pouncey and if you are correct, we should hopefully see good things from him again next season (unless he is expecting a Brinks to deliver his next contract, in which case I would think it would cause the Steelers to rethink his value).
Last edited by NorthCoast; 12-02-2013 at 11:30 PM.
The Hoke argument had more legs IMO, because it actually had its own body of work. (First of all, saying Legursky "replaced" Pouncey with no drop-off is ridiculous. He filled in for him in one or two games!)
In the end, the team backed up the Brinks truck for Hampton and got a very good career out of him; and Hoke (despite his amazing record replacing Hampton) never got a team... any team... to offer him a comparable (to Hampton's) deal. Why is that?
Velasco showed he is a very good football player...But Velasco is no Pouncey. Fernando Velasco was a blessing for the Steelers & signing him helped absorb the absence of Pouncey. Don't simply credit the better OL play to Velasco as the season went on. He was an absolute part of it...But the OL grew as a unit. The same would have happened with Pouncey in there. This was a new unit that needed to log snaps together to get better with Pouncey. Velasco helped solidify the unit...A different player may have shown the importance of Pouncey. Don't disregard that! It is easy to dismiss a missing piece but don't think the missing piece wouldn't have the same impact. Many can argue if Pouncey is worth the money he will command but no arguing the talent level isn't the same. Pouncey will be 25 & Velasco will be 29...Velasco would make a great addition next year as Pouncey's back-up. Velasco has position flexibility so it makes sense. It is an unfortunate injury to Velasco but the injury may limit his opportunities & returning to the Steelers is more likely now.
1st Njoku TE
2nd Rivers or Willis OLB
3a Davis ILB
3b Witherspoon or Griffin CB
4th Dobbs QB
5th Conner RB
6th Nicholson S
7th Ebukam OLB
But it's been that way since his rookie year and I haven't seen any improvement.
What I don'nt understand is we've seen little to no drop off with Velasco and Legursky when Pouncey went down with injuries. 2 times is a trend. How can you justify big bucks to Pouncey when you've seen 2 backups replace him adequately? I don't know. I think it's a difficult scenario....It greatly depends on the Pouceny's contract demands.
Scott Wells is the highest paid center in 2013. Would you give Pouceny the same contract that Scott Wells received?
4 years / 25.5 million
4 million signing bonus
Average Salary: 6.375
Guaranteed: 13 million
Would you give Pouncey a 5 year / 30 million deal?
What if you got Velasco for less than half that amount of $ which would give you a good chunk of change to go out and pick up a solid FA to fill a critical need such as FS?