Tag:Mike pouncey
Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:59 pm

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

TebowPosted by Josh Katzowitz

University of Miami fans just cannot catch a break, you know?

First, there was that minor issue that Yahoo Sports reported that had something to do with some minor booster giving a few players a few bucks here and there to help them find companionship and to buy some sandwiches and soda pops. Or something along those lines.

If that wasn’t bad enough, now the Dolphins are planning to honor former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and the 2009 national championship when the Broncos come to town in October (Dolphins center Mike Pouncey -- a member of that Florida title team -- obviously will be in attendance, along with former coach Urban Meyer).

Not surprisingly, this bit of news was insulting to Miami fans from a Dolphins perspective and from a Miami Hurricanes perspective. Still, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee defended himself, saying it was a way to generate ticket sales. And besides, he said, he offered the same kind of celebration to the University of Miami for the 10-year anniversary of the Hurricanes last national championship.

"They politely declined and said that they were going to do something to honor that team at one of their own home games," Dee said, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "We reached out to both schools at about the same time in early to mid July."

But what about the fact you share your building with the Hurricanes -- who, as you might know, aren’t huge fans of the Gators?
"I know they both have very passionate fan bases,” Dee said. “We certainly root for the 'Canes. They are a partner of ours, a tenant of ours.

"As it relates to having to aggressively market the Dolphins and tickets to our games, we have to be agnostic. We can't not reach out to Dolphins fans who are also Gators fans and try to give them an incentive and a reason to come to a Dolphins game."

Yes, but antagonizing the Hurricanes fans who also attend Dolphins contests probably isn’t the smartest way to accomplish that feat.

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Posted on: May 14, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 2:21 pm

Skins, Steelers had draft deal, but guy was gone

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (Monday, 11:00 AM): So, this is weird: the Redskins are saying now that Dan Snyder never appeared on Sirius. Which makes Wexell's tweet really odd. Read the anatomy of a rumor post right here.

The 2011 NFL Draft has come and gone, but here's an interesting little nugget about something that could have happened, involving a Redskins-Steelers trade for the No. 16 overall pick.

Per Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Dan Snyder, appearing on Sirius Radio this past week, said that Washington and Pittsburgh had a deal in place for the No. 16 overall pick, but "the player was gone."

As you probably recall, the Redskins traded down from 10th to 16th via a deal with Jacksonville where the Jaguars picked up Blaine Gabbert.

The logical guess is that the Steelers wanted Mike Pouncey, brother of their center, Maurkice Pouncey. Can we be sure though?

Well, not positive, but pretty close. Hopping in the not-so-way-back machine and taking a look at our Draft Tracker, we can pretty much reach that conclusion.

We have to make the assumption that the player in question was taken in between the 11th and 15th picks, as Washington had access to both the 10th and 16th picks and Pittsburgh didn't make a move.

Scratching the one quarterback taken in that range, Gabbert and Christian Ponder, off the list isn't a reach, considering that the Steelers still have Ben Roethlisberger.

J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn were both strong picks, but it seems unlikely that Pittsburgh would trade valuable assets for a defensive end in a year when there was depth at the position. Additionally, Cameron Heyward -- the guy they got -- fits their scheme nicely.

Nick Fairley could have been under consideration, as he would have represented outstanding value, but, I'm not so sure that what he does best would necessarily equate to making him the long-term answer at DT for Pittsburgh, assuming they don't make a scheme shift once (if??) Dick LeBeau retires.

And then there's this: many people thought the Dolphins would take Alabama running back Mark Ingram, but went with Pouncey right before the 'Skins 16th pick instead. So it seemed like Pouncey might be there at 16; clearly the Steelers are fans of that family, and wouldn't need to play him at center, as many teams felt they might.

And with their second-round pick, the Steelers nabbed Pouncey's linemate at Florida, Marcus Gilbert. That's not to say they loved the other Pouncey just because he's related to one of their players, or because he's from the same school.

And it's tough to guarantee that's what they were hoping for, but it sure does seem like a strong possibility.

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Posted on: May 7, 2011 1:22 pm

AFC East draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Buffalo Bills

1st round, Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama
Deep down we know we’ll never really run a 3-4 defense.

3rd round, Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
But just in case we do….

4th round, Da’Norris Searcy, SS, North Carolina
Replace Donte Whitner? Heavens no, we wouldn’t have him do that! We’ll have Searcy replace backup George Wilson…and let Wilson be the guy to replace Whitner.

Miami DolphinsM. Pouncey (US Presswire)

1st round, Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
We’re still not entirely sure if Richie Incognito is a guard or a center. So, we got an even better tweener to shape that decision around.

New England Patriots

1st round, Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
The hints of decline that veteran left tackle Matt Light showed last season are only going to get worse. No way we’ll pay him market value.
P.S. Sebastian Vollmer’s future is at right tackle.

2nd round, Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
It’s a tradition around here to draft corners in the second round. Plus, Kyle Arrington has no ball skills.

2nd round, Shane Vereen, RB, California
We need to replace Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor. Also, we wouldn’t mind letting some other team overpay BenJarvus Green-Ellis once he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

3rd round, Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU
Just in case Vereen turns out to be a flop.

3rd round, Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Even we’re not sure exactly why we did this. But we’ll figure something out.

New York Jets

4th round, Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville
We can’t shake the images of Joe McKnight throwing up at camp last year.

Check back throughout the week for other division’s Draft Truths Revealed. To see all Draft Truths Revealed, click the “Draft Truths” tag.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 7:25 pm

Hot Routes 5.6.11: Count Javier Arenas as lucky

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • As a devastating tornado raged around him in Tuscaloosa, Chiefs DB Javier Arenas took shelter in a bathtub. Arenas was fine, but a block away, the weather caused complete devastation. Said Arenas: “I want to thank the makers of my tub.
  • Although Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz turned down a contract extension from the club, he still says he badly wants to stay in Chicago. He’s just letting his negotiator do his thing.
  • TV broadcaster Gus Johnson isn’t necessarily gone from CBS quite yet. Here’s hoping he and CBS can come to sort of agreement on a new contract.
  • Legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula speaks to the Miami Herald about a variety of topics, including how he was disappointed when Bill Parcells abruptly bailed on the organization.
  • If the Buccaneers end up on Hard Knocks this season, Tony Dungy has some advice for the players: Don’t try to be like Sidney Poitier.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:06 pm

Dolphins to use Pouncey as center

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just like his brother Maurkice, it looks like Dolphins draftee Mike Pouncey will spend his time on the field snapping the ball to the quarterback.

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That’s what Miami GM Jeff Ireland told reporters, including the Palm Beach Post, late Thursday night. And even though Pouncey really struggled with the quarterback exchange (13 flubbed snaps against Miami (Ohio) in the season opener!) when Florida’s coaches moved him from guard to center before his senior year, Ireland saw big improvement from Pouncey as the season continued.

“They’re doing a lot of things with their center that most centers don’t do,” Ireland said of the Gators. “They pull him a lot. When he’s trying to pull out in space, he’s getting out so quick that he’s doing something with the ball. I don’t know that we would do as much of that with him as maybe Florida did, but he improved over the season.

“We put him through the ringer a little bit in our Combine meeting. He’s very bright, obviously he’s a great leader, but the mental toughness, to handle what he went through at the combine, the rapid-fire questions he was getting really impressed me about the kid.”

We also should note that one of Mike Pouncey’s predraft goals was to get selected before his brother did in 2010. Maurkice went No. 18 to the Steelers last year. Mike went No. 15 Thursday.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:56 am

Three spicy draft rumors for you

Posted by Andy Benoit

A person can go crazy trying to keep up with all the various draft rumors with the first round now less than 36 hours away. That said, here are three very credible NFL reporters who have gotten involved in the hoopla. We’ll pass along their tidbits:

*John McClain of the Houston Chronicle believes the Texans want to trade up to snag either Von Miller or Patrick Peterson.

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*Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that the Falcons are trying to trade up to get either A.J. Green or Julio Jones. (King says it’s unlikely they’ll succeed.)

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network says the Steelers “will exhaust all possible scenarios to trade up” and get Mike Pouncey (which would obviously extend their current league-high for Pouncey’s on the roster from one to two).

Make what you want of this information. Or, just do the sane thing and wait a few hours for the first round of the draft to actually play out.

UPDATE 12:41 p.m. EST: Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls the idea of Mike Pouncey being a Steeler "a fantasy".

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Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:11 am

Mike Pouncey thinks the Cowboys are drafting him?

Posted by Will Brinson

Typically speaking, NFL draft prospects are pretty good about not revealing where they think they'll end up. That's primarily because they don't actually know, but some probably have a god idea and just keep their mouths shut.

Not Mike Pouncey, though! Pouncey thinks he's getting drafted by Dallas. At least, according to his Twitter account:

The former Florida Gator and brother of Maurkice Pouncey (the Steelers star rookie center), hasn't deleted the tweet yet and has answered a pile of questions from his followers since sending that tweet out.

Interestingly, both of our mock draft experts -- Rob Rang and Chad Reuter -- have the Cowboys taking an offensive lineman at the ninth overall pick. In fact, both have the 'Boys taking Tyron Smith out of USC.

Pouncey would be a bit of a reach at ninth -- based on most draft rankings -- but given his brother's success with the Steelers last season, there are plenty of folks who are bullish on the younger Pouncey.

Including, according to him, the Cowboys.

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Posted on: March 28, 2011 8:50 am

Steelers shouldn't hold out hope for Mike Pouncey

M. Pouncey probably will not play with his brother, Maurkice, in Pittsburgh (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some have speculated that the Steelers, who already have C Maurkice Pouncey anchoring the offensive line, could take Florida OL Mike Pouncey in this year’s NFL draft (and I think that would be a pretty cool move, along the same lines of QB Jordan Palmer backing up his brother Carson in Cincinnati).

But Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette isn’t holding his breath. In part, you can blame Maurkice for that.

Since Maurkice Pouncey had such a well-regarded rookie season for the Super Bowl runners-up, making the Pro Bowl, that success helps shine a spotlight on his twin brother.

Since the Steelers don’t have their first pick until No. 31 and since Mike Pouncey - who Rob Rang and Chad Reuter both have going to Seattle with the No. 25 pick in their latest mock draft - has risen from a late first-round or early second-round pick to a mid-first round selection, he probably won’t be around for Pittsburgh to take.

Bouchette asked Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert if the two brothers were clones. “Identical twins,” Colbert said. And their performance on the field? Colbert smiled and said, “Identical twins.”

Unfortunately for fans of twin brothers playing on the same NFL team, it sounds like the Pouncey brothers won’t fulfill that hope.

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