What most are forgetting is...Decastro was basically a rookie this year... given that he missed all but the last game or two last year.
I think most would agree that... it is a very worthy discussion...comparing who is better. If Decastro continues to refine and improve his game (technique, strength, experience) etc...then I think he can far exceed Pouncey over the long term.
Just because Pouncey started out at a high level... it is hard for me to believe that he was not capable of getting better since his rookie year.
it's hard to get better when you're considered "The best". Pouncey hasn't had anyone beside him while facing three of the best NT's year in and year out.
the guards havent had a good tackle next to them either if thats the case.
The unit has been disappointing, I love pouncey but hes got fragile ankles and hasnt been nearly as good as his brother. He has a thin lower body and doesnt anchor well. Id LOVE to see him at LG with either wallace or velasco at C. pouncey and decastro at guard would be sweet sex on turf and it would be less strenuous on his ankles
Last edited by K Train; 02-07-2014 at 04:15 PM.
Decastro has at least had his starting tackles for the majority of the season. I can't remember the last time both of our guards played more than 1/2 the season. Hell Colon didn't make it through a full game and DD didn't make it through camp last year. Our guards have been the worst starting pair of guards for at least the last 3 seasons.
Hartwig hasnt played in like 5 years and he probably still leads the league in sacks given up for a center over the last 7 years. Of course pouncey looks like a hero taking over for him. But interior pressure slowed down even more with velasco in there, thats fact.
Weve had some guys come in and play well. Colon wasnt as good as we hoped at guard, but he was a decent RT a few years ago, max had a late career resurgence and played great near the end, kemoeatu was a fat slob but even he put together some decent seasons, and i loved flo the season he was here.
Guys like Chris Scott, Tony Hills, Trai Essex, AQ Shipley, Cameron Stephenson, Darnell Stapleton, Jonathan Scott have all flopped so hard. I hope this current crop of beachem and wallace turns out to be good, and so far so good.
Im going to keep my fingers crossed that pouncey is retained, he and decastro could make up a really special line in a year or 2
Haleys offense has done wonders in helping the oline and not killing ben, hopefully munchak can take that even further
Last edited by K Train; 02-07-2014 at 04:44 PM.