Why the Loss of Maurkice Pouncey Means Pittsburgh Steelers’ Season Is Done

September 14, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Less than four minutes into the 2013 season, All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey's right knee was hit by his own teammate on a missed cut block, and he suffered a torn ACL and MCL. Not only was Pouncey's season over, but the Pittsburgh Steelers' season was over.
As the Steelers have come to know the hard way, a subpar offensive line makes just about everything harder in the game of football. 
Pittsburgh has gotten away with patchwork blocking the past few years, mixing and matching players like Max Starks, Flozell Adams, Doug Legursky and Trai Essex, just to name a few. 
And it's not like the front office hasn't at least tried to address the O-line. From 2009 to 2012, the Steelers spent nine draft picks on offensive linemen. That list includes five first- or second-round picks. 
The only one who has really panned out so far is Pouncey, who has been the best offensive lineman on the roster ever since he was drafted. Luckily for the Steelers, Pouncey has al...

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