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mesaSteeler 02-13-2011 07:34 AM

Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
 
Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/st...7a4a78c22.html
By Mike Bires, Times Sports Staff Timesonline.com

PITTSBURGH - Never before have two brothers played together for the Steelers. But that could change soon.

Maurkice Pouncey was nothing short of sensational this past season. So why not find a way to get Mike Pouncey on the team?

The Steelers could double their pleasure on the offensive line for years to come with Pouncey and Pouncey. But the possibility of the identical twins playing for the Steelers might be a long shot.

For starters, Mike Pouncey probably won't be available when it's the Steelers' turn to make their first-round pick. He's one of the highest-rated interior linemen in the draft, and he might not last until the Steelers choose at No. 31.

Certainly, other teams in the league needing a force inside have seen what Maurkice did as a rookie. So why not take Mike if he's available?

Plus, maybe the Steelers will be so worried about their precarious situation at cornerback that they may go that route.

Still, the Steelers do have issues on the O-line, including right guard. In the last three seasons, the Steelers have started five different players there, including three this season (Trai Essex, Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster).

That problem could be solved if the Steelers take Mike Pouncey. He played center at the University of Florida this past season. But in the previous two years, he started at right guard next to Maurkice, who centered for the Gators.

Since the Steelers chose Maurkice Pouncey with the 19th pick in 2010, they have loved everything about him. They rave about his athleticism, intelligence and the way he plays the game. They rave about his character and his willingness to learn. He's a terrific football player and a good guy to boot.

Maurkice wants to be reunited with his brother. Likewise for Mike Pouncey.

It's hard to imagine that if Mike Pouncey's name is still on the draft board when the Steelers make their first-round pick that coach Mike Tomlin and director of football operations Kevin Colbert would pass on him.

But Pouncey and Pouncey surely has a nice ring to it. Maybe the Steelers will trade up to get him.

Mike Bires can be reached online at mbires@timesonline.com

Copyright 2011 Timesonline.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

xli... 02-13-2011 09:07 AM

Re: Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
 
Could he play corner too?

Fire Arians 02-13-2011 11:14 AM

Re: Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
 
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Originally Posted by xli... (Post 921066)
Could he play corner too?

no but he can probably keep our qb standing long enough so he can throw the ball without getting his arm hit in the process, or something like that.

theplatypus 02-13-2011 11:44 AM

Re: Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
 
I would love too see them playing together for the Steelers for the next 10 years, but I'm not holding my breath. If we got really lucky maybe the two of them would take pay cuts just to stay together.

zulater 02-13-2011 12:22 PM

Re: Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by xli... (Post 921066)
Could he play corner too?



My thoughts exactly.

As much as I like the prospect of upgrading the offensive line, upgrading the secondary is a much greater priority.

PhantomJB93 02-13-2011 12:56 PM

Re: Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by xli... (Post 921066)
Could he play corner too?

Hey, he might have some success at bump-and-run...or at least the bump part...:noidea:

Bubbabanjo 02-13-2011 01:05 PM

Re: Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
 
Coach Noll process still works. If he is on the board get him. O-Line wins championships as much as great Defense.

But.....if there is a shutdown corner, how many times do we need to be Bart Simpson touchin the stove there. Quit gettin burnt if we can.

lipps83 02-13-2011 02:06 PM

Re: Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
 
I would be more than okay for the Steelers to trade up to grab him. Only him though, I don't want them to move up for a corner or anything.

Steelthe#1dynasty 02-13-2011 02:52 PM

Re: Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by xli... (Post 921066)
Could he play corner too?

If we can have longer consistent drives on offense, it makes no difference who plays corner. The formula (i.e., running the play) speaks for itself. However, I do agree we need to upgrade the corners. I'll take Mike Pouncey! It would be a great pick for chemistry on the line.

Rick5895 02-13-2011 03:26 PM

Re: Double dose of Pouncey would help Steelers
 
Picking at 31 we won't get a shut down corner In fact I would doubt we would get an immediate shutdown corner at all in the bottom 3rd of the draft. If Pouncey is there or still available after the 25th pick i would think it might be wise to go get him. Otherwise we follow our draft schedule and take the best available player at 31. ( Likely an interior OL or DB)


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