Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey Says He Has To Become A More Vocal Leader In 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and his twin bother Mike Pouncey of the Miami Dolphins were both guest Thursday on SiriusXM Radio and during the interview, co-host Tim Ryan asked Maurkice if he agreed with him that he is a player that needs to step up for the Steelers in 2013 as a team leader.

“Yeah, I truly agree, said Maurkice. “Coach Tomlin and me had a long talk this offseason and I think I have to be more of vocal leader in the offensive meeting rooms this year speaking up the guys. Maybe a guy shows up late to a walk-thru, I\’ve got to jump him and kind of get guys going.

“I think Ben (Roethlisberger) does an excellent job of keeping all of us in tune with the offense and everything that he brings, but I think it\’s kind of my turn to step in and let guys really know what the Steeler organization is about. its about winning and coming in each and every game prepared.”

With guard Willie Colon now gone for good, and with it looking more and more likely that veteran tackle Max Starks won\’t be back in 2013 either, it is indeed time for Maurkice to become a team leader and it\’s good to hear that head coach Mike Tomlin has had a talk with him about that very thing this offseason.

As far as the possibility of Starks not returning in 2013, Maurkice had nothing but praise for him and wishes him nothing but the best.

“He\’s a natural left tackle, a big guy that\’s great in pass protection,” said Maurkice. “You barely ever see him get beat. He has great footwork, but the thing about Max, he has keep his weight down, he\’s a real active player.

“I think Max, he taught me a lot being here, by leadership role, by really showing me how to be an NFL player and I appreciate that guy so much, and I hope the best for him, and I really hope he gets picked up by a team very fast.”

According to reports, Starks visited with the San Diego Chargers recently, but at the time of this post, he has yet to reach an agreement with them.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Damn it we didn’t sign Max instead we signed Wimpey–bad in pass protection…really? Really? That’s all we need! Anyway, from what Clark (very busy media week for him) and Pouncey have said this figures to be a great year for the Steelers! Y? Because we play better as underdogs! We are underdogs again and the Steelers are focused! Look out!

    There will come a great redeemin’ And over the next hill we’ll be home … Johnny Cash.

  • SteelersDepot

    Let’s keep it to Steelers here.Thanks

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Sorry I will delete my side note…deleted!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Have you read that book Dave?

  • SteelersDepot

    If it’s not Steelers or sports related, I don’t read it. My wife keeps me informed otherwise, she is the political junkie of the family.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    I hear you! My wife hates ‘fuzball’ as she calls it and keeps me informed of what’s happening politically! But I’ve started reading that book and wow! Just…eye opening! I’m surprised you are responding to my lame postings! I know you are a busy man! When are you going to post info on Le’veon and Jarvis?

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  • Mike Foster

    Pouncey & Big Ben are biggest priorities next offseason to be extended contractually. They both need to step up as leaders & stay on the field!

  • I hope Maurice has been doing a lot of strength and conditioning on those ankles. We are gonna need him to stay healthy for every game this year. I am glad he is stepping up to take the leadership of a very young Oline.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Maurkice and cortez allen, I’m with you right there. No question, teams will want us to match their RFA offer for Cortez Allen. Not often you find a shutdown cornerback who is a tackling machine as well.

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  • steeltown

    Agreed.. I’ve been saying Pouncey and DeCastro staying healthy is paramount this season.. it will relieve the others to concentrate on LG and Tackle depth

    In regards to this article, yes, it is time, Pouncey is the leader of this young group and I think he’s a good player and man to be setting the example

  • Mike Sweeney

    Give him ankles and give him strength. When Maxwell house, ends up with brown ball and my Ramona, being the eldest and lastly, Pouncey, should be the leader of the OL without assistance from Tball and just step up and take the initiative and get busy. The OL could be, potentially a dominate destructive line vs foes.

  • steeltown

    Cortez is not a restricted FA.. he signed a 4yr rookie deal when he was drafted, he’ll be a UFA after 2014
    Either way, we need to sign him before he becomes a UFA

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    That’s what I meant- he’ll be highly demanded, maybe more than Mike Wallace depends on how much teams need a cornerback.