Going into the Pro Bowl, the players from the Pittsburgh Steelers knew they would be faced with numerous questions about the Antonio Brown situation. Fortunately for Maurkice Pouncey, he was asked by Steelers reporter Missi Matthews about the promotion of his new offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett.
“I couldn’t be more happier. He’s a guy who’s learned a lot from Coach Munch. But first of all, he played football he knows the inns and out of it. He played offensive line. He knows the grit of it: the pass protection, the run blocking, and things like that. He’s really honed in on technique. Playing football and offensive line that’s the one thing you’ve got to teach guys is being a technician and playing the game the right way and he has that. I think he’s learned from one of the best – a Hall of Famer – and obviously a Hall of Fame coach in my opinion as well. He has a lot to lean on and we have a lot to look forward to with him being our O-line coach.”
Pouncey was also asked about the report that he reached out to Coach Sarrett via text immediately on hearing the news.
“Yeah, 100%. Because I was just so happy for him. I’ve been with him a long time now and I know how much he cares and how much he puts in every single week. And how much he can get us a lot better. With the new things going on in the NFL and how it’s changed a little bit, I think he’s perfect for the job.”
When Coach Sarrett first got the job, there were reports out about his dedication and long hours spent at the Steelers facility. Mark Kaboly of The Athletic PGH tweeted the following:
No matter when I left the Steelers complex the past couple years the same car was always parked in front. Even late on Friday nights when the lot was nearly empty it was the same car. Snooped around and it turns out it is Shaun Sarrett’s.— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) January 15, 2019
Pouncey was asked about what he has already learned from Coach Sarrett in his time with the Steeler since 2012.
“Just how to be more of a technician. He really is big on tape study and pushing the envelope on showing different things. Each week with the guys are going against he details his work a lot. You can appreciate that when you’re playing – a guy that’s detailed and working his butt off for you and you see all the work going in it all week. But you still got to go out there and perform, but I think he’s right guy to lead us in the right way.”