Maurkice Pouncey Backs His Coach

Veteran center also saying it’s time to win.

Jeff Hathhorn
July 25, 2018 - 3:50 pm
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LATROBE (93.7 the Fan) - A day after he turned 29, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey arrived at Steelers training camp in Latrobe and maybe it hit him about being a year older.

“Time is running out for everybody,” Pouncey said.  “I know it’s all fun and games in the beginning, but it’s time to win.  It’s been too long.”

It’s not that the Steelers haven’t had chances, since their last Super Bowl win a decade ago, the Steelers have been to the post-season six times.  They lost the Super Bowl to Green Bay in 2010, an AFC Championship game in New England in 2016 and last year a home divisional game to Jacksonville.

Pouncey admitted thinking about that game “still sucks”

“Honestly we didn’t think they could score 45 points in a game, but hell, they showed me wrong,” Pouncey said.  “They did a good job, all hands up to them.”

Pouncey said he hopes they learned a lesson from last year and not overlooking teams.  Much criticism was brought locally, nationally and even from the clubhouse of having that mindset.

“I’m pretty sure Coach Tomlin will something to say about it in the first meeting,” Pouncey said.  “We learned a lot over the years of losing like that, hopefully everyone went home and took it all in and see how things turn out this year.”

Pouncey remains bullish on Tomlin, even after former teammate James Harrison told Fox Sports that Tomlin lacked discipline in the room.

“Coach Tomlin is the best, you guys see it.  He has a Super Bowl.  He runs the team the right way.  He’s with the best organization.  After you retire everyone has a lot to say.”

As for the comment from Harrison that there are different rules for different players, Pouncey addressed that too.

“The world treats everyone differently.  I think everyone is treated differently, even though everyone should be treated equally.  In positions on the team here, do you think Ben (Roethlisberger) should be treated like Josh Dobbs?  No way.”

The veteran center he might text LeVeon Bell and ask him to come into camp early this year, so they can avoid the rust of last season.  But Pouncey didn’t seem concerned and understood what Bell is trying to do in “setting the market”.

“Honestly if he came back and had the same year, it will be awesome, but after seeing Todd Gurley sign, I wouldn’t sign either.”