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mesaSteeler
01-28-2011, 02:13 PM
Scouts Inc. on Pouncey's potential loss
January, 28, 2011
Jan 28
1:30 PM ET
http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/24039/page/espntexas/scouts-inc-on-pounceys-potential-loss

By James Walker
It looks more and more like the Pittsburgh Steelers will be without Maurkice Pouncey in Super Bowl XLV.

The Pro Bowl center suffered a high ankle sprain in last Sunday's AFC title game and, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pouncey also has a broken bone in the ankle, making it "highly doubtful" he will play against the Green Bay Packers.

How will this impact the Steelers? ESPN.com's AFC North blog checked in with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. to get his thoughts what Pittsburgh has to do to be successful without Pouncey on offense.

Matt, give us your scouting report on Pittsburgh backup center Doug Legursky. What does he bring to the table, and how does he compare to Pouncey?

Williamson: He's nowhere near the physical specimen that Pouncey is. If you look at Legursky, he's very undersized, he has short arms, but he's tough and he's gritty. The Steelers will actually use him once in a while as a fullback in short yardage. So he can run and he can move pretty well. But Pouncey still plays lower, is always in tremendous balance and football position, and he's fluid. Pouncey is the total specimen in terms of pulling and doing all the athletic things a center can do. Legursky is not as strong and doesn't do anything as well. It's not even close.

The Steelers lost Pouncey on the first drive and still had success running against the Jets. What led to their success?

Legursky
Legursky
Williamson: I went back and watched the game, and I really didn't think Legursky played that well. It was masked early on. When he came in there, they were running the ball and the Steelers had a lot of momentum. Legursky didn't play poorly initially when he went into the game. But if you look at his performance from when he stepped into the game to the final whistle, he played a bad game. I don't think it was an accident that the Steelers' running game fell apart in the second half and got all of their yards early. I also tend to the blame the Jets, because they came in and looked like a tired defense. They played really high and they didn't tackle well. Don't get me wrong, I think the Steelers did a good job. But overall grading that strong running day, I blame the Jets as much as I blame the Steelers.

For those in the AFC North who don't get to see Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji on a weekly basis, what kind of player is he?

Raji
Raji
Williamson: He's a lot more like Haloti Ngata than he is Casey Hampton. Hampton right now is a pure nose tackle, one-dimensional run stuffer who needs double teams to move. Where Ngata can line up at defensive end, the Ravens can drop him into coverage, and he can play the nose. That's where Raji is now. Raji moves very, very well. He's very explosive. What's amazing about Raji is he plays every snap and doesn't get tired even though he's 40 pounds overweight or whatever it is. He can shoot gaps and eat up space. He really has it all. The difference between Raji and Ngata to me is Ngata is a bigger looking human being and he's not nearly as fat. I think Ngata also knows the game better. But Raji isn't far off. He's a really disruptive player.

Pouncey had to make all the calls for Pittsburgh, and now the responsibility could be Legursky's. How will that impact the Steelers with pass protection, blitz recognition, etc.?

Williamson: That's one thing we don't know. But by all accounts, especially for a rookie, Pouncey was tremendous at making all of those line calls and protection adjustments. I don't know how much it's going to change from a mental standpoint with Legursky, but it probably is a drop-off just from experience. You would think interior pressure, particularly with Raji, is going to be more of a problem now for sure. The three people Pittsburgh really have to worry about from a pass-rushing standpoint are Clay Matthews, Cullen Jenkins and Raji, who's going to be right in the middle. So in a way, it's not like the Steelers where you're going to get two really good edge rushers. You're going to get one guy on the outside and two coming from the interior. But there is an advantage there for the Packers.

LegendSteel
01-28-2011, 02:16 PM
People have to keep in mind that the Steelers won a Super Bowl with Justin Hartwig at center, against the likes of Darnell Docket and Karlos Dansby...two incredible defensive players. Also, Legursky does have experience in going up against Ngata.

SH-Rock
01-28-2011, 02:22 PM
Sean Kugler is an amazing Offensive Line Coach. I'm sure Legursky will be fine.

Curtain_of_Steel
01-28-2011, 02:28 PM
2 words for ya!

NO HUDDLE


Pressing the DL of the Packers and tiring them out will compensate for some of the potential loss from Pouncey. If the steelers let them rest ben will be one with the turf.

If nothing else, this was proven without a doubt with the 10th string QB the Bears put in, no huddle he wasn;t being stopped. check the tape, the GB players were huffing and puffing on those drives.

Atlanta Dan
01-28-2011, 02:28 PM
Williamson blogs about the AFC West teams for ESPN - not certain why he is the go to guy regarding AFC North or NFC North players:noidea:

And of course with all of the "analysis" by sportswriters such as Williamson, if any of them were truly gifted at breaking down film and game performances they would be in coaching rather than sportswriting

Pouncey to Legursky is a downgrade - restating the obvious apparently will be the subject of much media discussion from now until kickoff, at which point we can actually see what happens (what a concept!)

madtowndrunkard
01-28-2011, 03:36 PM
Williamson blogs about the AFC West teams for ESPN - not certain why he is the go to guy regarding AFC North or NFC North players:noidea:

And of course with all of the "analysis" by sportswriters such as Williamson, if any of them were truly gifted at breaking down film and game performances they would be in coaching rather than sportswriting

Pouncey to Legursky is a downgrade - restating the obvious apparently will be the subject of much media discussion from now until kickoff, at which point we can actually see what happens (what a concept!)

Its obvious becuase it presents a serious problem for the Steelers. The Packers strength is now lined up right across from our biggest weakness. It has the recipe for disaster. If we spend our time trying to help Doug hold his own against Raji, then we leave our selves open to problems from Mathews and Jenkins.

IMO it is Jenkins who could have a huge game if we don't figure how the right way to deal with this mess.

Who ever said NO huddle....is spot on. I think this could be the answer. But it also means we need to run with success....which I'm not so sure we can do. For us to win this game Ben has to have time to find Wallace, Ward, and Heath. This flies right into the face of what Arians insists on doing every week.....sitting Ben in the pocket and running deep routes.

I still think we need to spread the field and attack the middle. Doug has to hold his own at center or we are in big trouble. Arians has to be thinking short passes and Capers has to know this. If our O-line can some how hold off the Packers front 7 Ben should be able to torch the Packers secondary deep.

kirklandrules
01-28-2011, 04:28 PM
Sorry, but I'm not worried just because some d-bag said Legursky had a bad game. Excuse me, but a large majority of the running yards came after Legs jumped in. I give the Jets huge credit for making halftime adjustments ... they basically said Ben is having a tough game so let's stop the run and make a struggling QB beat us in the 2nd half.

El Nino
01-28-2011, 05:24 PM
if we win this game sean kugler should be the MVP

are coaches eligible to win the award? (serious question)

InTheShadowofLambeau
01-28-2011, 07:45 PM
Everything else aside ... I really feel for this kid. All team rah-rah aside, he was on the precipice of realizing a dream that he may have carried with him as a kid and then, this hits him. Being the competitor that this guy has to be...in THIS particular circumstance...my heart goes out to the guy.

Riddle_Of_Steel
01-28-2011, 08:47 PM
Everything else aside ... I really feel for this kid. All team rah-rah aside, he was on the precipice of realizing a dream that he may have carried with him as a kid and then, this hits him. Being the competitor that this guy has to be...in THIS particular circumstance...my heart goes out to the guy.

I am still thinking he is going to try and play, but I worry that he might injure himself even worse, and we could be looking at him not being 100% to start next season.

Packerstud
01-28-2011, 08:55 PM
I am still thinking he is going to try and play, but I worry that he might injure himself even worse, and we could be looking at him not being 100% to start next season.

If you were coach would you start a 70% Pouncey or a healthy Legursky?

LegendSteel
01-28-2011, 08:59 PM
I am still thinking he is going to try and play, but I worry that he might injure himself even worse, and we could be looking at him not being 100% to start next season.

There may not even be a next season so...