What’s Your Biggest Suprise? | Craig Wolfley Web Site and Podcast

What would you say was your biggest suprise of the Steelers 2010 season? It could be  a player’s performance, a play or game. A ruling from the league maybe. The fact that the Steelers went to the Super Bowl?

Mine is easy (push the Staples “easy” button here). The biggest suprise for me was the outstanding play of Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey.

Sure, everybody expected a lot from him. Absolutely knew he would, over time, be a player. Most thought that he would break into this season playing guard and then next year move one spot over.

But no one could have predicted that this young man would step in and have a meteoric upwards learning curve that would result in Prow Bowl and All-Pro honors. No one knew that Maurkice would be the Hines Ward of the offensive lineman.

At the start of the season could anyone have forecasted that Pouncey would set the tone for the O Line playing with a gritty toughness and desire that fleshed itself out in “blocking to the echo of the whistle” that lifted the effort of the entire line to a new level?

Or that Maurkice could agitate the opponent every bit as much or more than Hines? That Pouncey would handle all the x’s and o’s and direct traffic like a champ? And do it all with a smile on his face?

Furthermore, could it be that the drafting of Maurkice Pouncey signals a new standard in drafting offensive lineman, that being a return to more athleticism being demanded than sheer “Jurrassic Park” critters of enormous size?

One thing for sure, given that he remains healthy, Maurkice will join that heralded lineage of great Steelers centers for sure. But that might not be the only lineage he joins though.

Who knows, Pouncey might eventually be one of those guys like Joe Green, Hines, James Harrison and Mel Blount who were so dominant they had to change the rules of the game for them. 

Now that wouldn’t suprise me.

 

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  2. ismael says:

    First, the officiating job against the Steelers was a joke. Second, I thought Ben was goin’ to have a great SB

  3. Paul Jefferson says:

    My biggest surprise is how well Maurkice Pouncey played. I knew he would be great, but to make the Pro Bowl in his rookie season was a surprise.

    I was also pleasantly surprised with how well the O-line played this year and the nice blocking they did for Rashard, and how well Flozell played at Right guard. I am really hoping and praying that he comes back. Sean Kugler did a great job!

    I also was pleasantly surprised with how well Scottie Montgomery did with you receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. I expect to see more of this once the CBA gets resolved. I would like to see what Coach Montgomery could do with Limas Sweed. Limas, has all of the talent in the world, but perhaps needs good coaching. It is great having all of these receivers in the current pass happy NFL plus the great running game of Steelers that I expect to be expanded next season.

    I am not surprised by how good of an OC BA is, but believe the majority of the people in the city of Pittsburgh calling for OC Bruce Arians’ head do not really understand the game of football. BA and Tomlin did and excellent job with the offense considering they lost the Big play ability of Santonio Holmes. We never missed Holmes this year!! This is a testament to the Power of God, many people praying that God bless the Steelers and the work of the people in place.

    Good Blog Topic

    Paul

    • Paul says:

      Correction to my earlier reply. Flozell played right tackle, not guard. I hope he comes back for wining the seventh Lombardi

  4. Jack Lewis says:

    The biggest surprise to me was that they went to the Super Bowl. Tell me at the beginning that we don’t have Ben for 3 games, lose Aaron Smith, Willie Colon, Max Starks and the rest of the injuries and tell me the Steelers will be in the SB, I got to call the guys with the nets and white jackets to come and make a pick up. I thought that beginning with the regular season game the O-line turned the corner, very impressive.

  5. aceijklsw says:

    I meant to say the regular season game with the Jets.