No Maurkice Pouncey? No problem! Here's why!

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey to a left ankle injury this afternoon in their third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers (Steelers did win 24-19). While the loss of Pouncey will certainly put put a damper on the moods of nearly everyone in Steeler Nation, the backup center Cody Wallace is more than capable. In 2013, Wallace started the final four games as the Steelers made their improbably push for the final playoff spot, which came to an end with some bad officiating and missed field goal by Ryan Succop in a game between San Diego and Kansas City. The Steelers went 3-1 in those four Wallace starts at center, with the only loss being the crazy snow game against the Miami Dolphins which saw Antonio Brown nearly take a miracle Stanford Band-like play to the end zone. But here are the numbers you should know about our new center during the 2013 season:

Against Miami (lost 28-34): The offense put up 412 total yards (21 rushes for 84 yards, 23 of 39 passing for 349 yards and 3 TDs, allowed 3 sacks, 1 personal foul penalty by Wallace) Overall,solid effort given the circumstances.

Against Cincinnati (won 30-20): The offense put 290 total yards (36 rushes for 106 yards and a TD, 20 of 25 passing for 191 yards, allowed 1 sack, 1 false start penalty by Wallace) This was a must-win game given the circumstances and Wallace and the rest of the offensive line played relatively well in helping the team get out to a huge lead (24-0 before the Bengals scored) and then holding on for the victory.

Against Green Bay at Lambeau Field (won 38-31): The offense put up 343 total yards (29 rushes for 151 yards and 2 TDs, 17 of 29 passing for 197 yards with 2 TDs and 1 interception, allowed 1 sack, no penalties from Wallace). This was an exciting shootout as the Steelers won again, this time against another eventual playoff team. For the second straight game, the offense went 2 for 2 on 4th downs.

Against Cleveland (won 20-7): The offense put up 292 total yards (29 rushes for 120 yards a TD, 19 of 31 passing for 179 yards and a TD and two INTs, allowed 1 sack, no penalties from Wallace). This was not an offensive masterpiece but it was a steady performance from the group, which is what we should really be looking for during the time that Pouncey will be out.

Here is another thing to consider as well: in 2013, the offensive line coach was Jack Bicknell Jr., who did not exactly inspire much confidence. Bicknell was released after the season ended and former Hall of Fame guard Mike Munchak was brought on, much to everyone's delight. Munchak's presence and teaching ability will have Cody Wallace ready to take snaps as the starter for how ever long he will be needed. While the offensive line definitely loses its best athlete, the overall performance of the offense should not suffer too much.

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