In the wake of Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey's serious leg injury, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger highlighted some of the qualities he appreciated in his star center. "He talks to the guards a lot, he's a student of the game and he's very good. We've corrected each other, it's a comfort level," he said. "If I've made a mistake, he'll tell me. If he makes one; we talk to each other a lot out there. He doesn't make a lot of mistakes and it's very reassuring."
From the sound of it, Pouncey will be difficult to replace. Nonetheless, Roethlisberger also has faith in the man tasked with filling the Pouncey-sized void on the offensive line and he has a plan for making sure the transition goes smoothly. "The communication will be at an all time high moving forward. But I know Cody Wallace puts a lot of film study in, as well, and a lot of work with David (DeCastro) and Ramon (Foster)."
According to guard Ramon Foster, the personnel change will not devastate the offensive line. "Everyone has grown up," Foster said to the media. "Plugging Cody in at center should be easy because we've played with him before."
Meanwhile, Doug Legursky is thrilled to be back in Pittsburgh, telling Steelers.com, "It's like a homecoming. There are a lot of new faces in the building, but there is a level of familiarity here that is nice to have." He continued, "No one can really fill the shoes of Pouncey. There is no doubt about that."
These kinds of comments are to be expected. The players honored their injured teammate and expressed excitement and optimism about the future. Does this mean there is really nothing to worry about? I'm still worried, but it is not a full-on, angst-ridden, the-world-is-ending, I'm-losing-sleep-over-it feeling. It's more of a realization that the offensive line with Maurkice Pouncey at the helm was a critical component to the Steelers dominance.
Here are a few comments from social media about Pouncey:
Roethlisberger on Pouncey: "People talk about is he injury prone? No, that's what makes him special ...He's always around the ball."— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) August 25, 2015
Ramon Foster told me he’s been in contact with Maurkice Pouncey and the Pro Bowl center is eyeing a return for second half of season— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 25, 2015