Posted by Andy Benoit
From Day One, everyone in the Steelers organization has marveled at how center Maurkice Pouncey handled his business like a 10-year veteran. The first-round rookie from Florida immediately grasped Bruce Arians’ system. After capturing a starting job – which is virtually unheard of for a Steelers rookie…not even LaMarr Woodley or Troy Polamalu started their first seasons – Pouncey assumed the role of the “bad cop” leader and tone-setter. It’s common to see the first-year pro jawing with opponents and coming to the defense of any teammate whom an opponent so much as looks at funny.
If there was any doubt about Pouncey’s veteran savvy, take a look at this clip from his first playoff game. Watch closely and see if you spot anything fishy. (An explanation is provided below.)
Did you notice that the ball was snapped from a few feet in front of where it was initially spotted? Before you cry Cheater! and Scoundrel! understand that centers have been pulling this trick since the dawn of time. Or at least since football became a sport. The best I ever saw at this was Tom Nalen, the longtime Broncos center. That could change if Pouncey keeps gaining first downs like this.
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