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    Pouncey's return buoys Steelers

    Pouncey's return buoys Steelers

    May, 27, 2014
    By Scott Brown | ESPN.com

    PITTSBURGH -- Most of the practices that Maurkice Pouncey watched after an errant block wrecked his knee -- and his 2013 season -- were with a crutch under each arm pit.

    Juxtapose that sight with Pouncey running without the slightest trace of a limp in his first practice since last September and the Pittsburgh Steelers had to be thrilled with what they saw Tuesday during the team's first OTA practice.

    Even if Troy Polamalu wasn't there.

    That Pouncey appears to have made a full recovery after tearing his right ACL last September is big on several levels.

    First and foremost, the Steelers have a decision when it comes to Pouncey.

    The only center in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons is entering the final year of his contract. If the Steelers had any lingering doubts about signing Pouncey to a long-term deal -- he is slated to make $5.264 million in 2014, according to ESPN Stats & Information -- they should be gone after Pouncey looked as good as new during the team's first offseason practice.

    Pouncey, in fact, could be the first player that the Steelers sign to a long-term extension.

    That is how important he is to the Steelers, which bring us to another reason why his return to health is so critical for a team that has gone 8-8 in each of the last two seasons.

    The offense really came together in the second half of last season and the Steelers averaged more than 28 points in their final nine games.

    Ben Roethlisberger is back to lead an offense that is brimming with speed and talent at the skill positions. He will also benefit from playing behind a line that allowed just seven sacks in the Steelers' final seven games and essentially adds a Pro Bowl center in Pouncey -- he played just eight snaps last season -- as well as arguably the best offensive line coach in the NFL in Mike Munchak.

    If the line can stay relatively healthy, something that has rarely happened during coack Mike Tomlin's tenure, there is no telling how good the offense can be.

    And that is according to no less an authority than Roethlisberger.

    “If the line can play to the potential that we think and know they can then I think we can be as good [offensively] as anybody,” Roethlisberger said.

    It all starts with Pouncey up front.

    And that is why his teammates were all smiles when asked about his return to the playing field if only for a late-May practice.

    “It's an honor to have our captain back to control the ball on every snap,” Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown said. “I am just thankful he is back on the field healthy.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Pouncey's return buoys Steelers

    May, 27, 2014
    By Scott Brown | ESPN.com

    PITTSBURGH -- Most of the practices that Maurkice Pouncey watched after an errant block wrecked his knee -- and his 2013 season -- were with a crutch under each arm pit.

    Juxtapose that sight with Pouncey running without the slightest trace of a limp in his first practice since last September and the Pittsburgh Steelers had to be thrilled with what they saw Tuesday during the team's first OTA practice.

    Even if Troy Polamalu wasn't there.

    That Pouncey appears to have made a full recovery after tearing his right ACL last September is big on several levels.

    First and foremost, the Steelers have a decision when it comes to Pouncey.

    The only center in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons is entering the final year of his contract. If the Steelers had any lingering doubts about signing Pouncey to a long-term deal -- he is slated to make $5.264 million in 2014, according to ESPN Stats & Information -- they should be gone after Pouncey looked as good as new during the team's first offseason practice.

    Pouncey, in fact, could be the first player that the Steelers sign to a long-term extension.

    That is how important he is to the Steelers, which bring us to another reason why his return to health is so critical for a team that has gone 8-8 in each of the last two seasons.

    The offense really came together in the second half of last season and the Steelers averaged more than 28 points in their final nine games.

    Ben Roethlisberger is back to lead an offense that is brimming with speed and talent at the skill positions. He will also benefit from playing behind a line that allowed just seven sacks in the Steelers' final seven games and essentially adds a Pro Bowl center in Pouncey -- he played just eight snaps last season -- as well as arguably the best offensive line coach in the NFL in Mike Munchak.

    If the line can stay relatively healthy, something that has rarely happened during coack Mike Tomlin's tenure, there is no telling how good the offense can be.

    And that is according to no less an authority than Roethlisberger.

    “If the line can play to the potential that we think and know they can then I think we can be as good [offensively] as anybody,” Roethlisberger said.

    It all starts with Pouncey up front.

    And that is why his teammates were all smiles when asked about his return to the playing field if only for a late-May practice.

    “It's an honor to have our captain back to control the ball on every snap,” Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown said. “I am just thankful he is back on the field healthy.”

    http://espn.go.com/blog/pittsburgh-s...buoys-steelers
    I wish the kid well... but... we have done...and will do just fine without him. Not worth what they will have pay next year to keep him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernie View Post
    I wish the kid well... but... we have done...and will do just fine without him. Not worth what they will have pay next year to keep him.
    He is overrated, plain and simple. If they pay top $ to serve their egos, it will be a shame.

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    Pouncey got to be captain to easily and too soon. IMO.
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    No center is worth 10 million per, which is what he will be asking for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti View Post
    No center is worth 10 million per, which is what he will be asking for
    I agree....and we proved last year that we can win without him.

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    Just because someone gets all tatted up and acts the part doesn't mean he's as good as advertised; he isn't. The OL played better with both the 2nd and 3rd stringers in there. I feel like MP already takes things for granted, like he is owed something. Not only do I think paying top $ is too much to keep him, I don't even want him for 2nd tier $. Plus, even if he played at a pro bowl level (which he doesn't) I still don't want him because he's been completely missing for nearly two full seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukieBoy View Post
    Pouncey got to be captain to easily and too soon. IMO.
    I totally agree and it's the team's fault. The Steelers are so fast to want to brag about their stellar drafting that they plugged this kid as awesome before he really was.

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    I think he has earned his teammates respect though and that will tilt the scale in favor of keeping him as far as the Steelers brass is concerned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Discipline of Steel View Post
    I think he has earned his teammates respect though and that will tilt the scale in favor of keeping him as far as the Steelers brass is concerned.
    you've got a good point, and i think you are probably right.... but i hope you are wrong.. unless the money is right (which is doubt it will be).

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