Maurkice Pouncey On Big Ben: ‘I Couldn’t Ask For A Better Quarterback’

Yesterday, we mentioned Ben Roethlisberger’s comments on Heath Miller. It was no secret Miller was one of Roethlisberger’s closest friends. But Miller, like Brett Keisel or Willie Colon, are long gone, making it fair to say Roethlisberger is closest with Maurkice Pouncey. Pouncey sat down with Steelers.com’s Missi Matthews on a variety of topics, including the relationship between center and quarterback.

“Ben’s a really close friend of mine,” Pouncey told Matthews. “Obviously, the quarterback and center relationship is really really close. He’s just done a great job of my whole entire career of keeping me right, keeping me focused, making sure I’m a leader and accountable to my guys. I couldn’t ask for a better quarterback.”

Pouncey came into the league as a first round pick in 2010 and immediately became the starter. He went on to say it didn’t take long for him and Roethlisberger to forge a relationship, that it “clicked” right away and they’ve been friends ever since. Roethlisberger called Pouncey a “comfort blanket,” a term he’s only used in the past for Miller, putting Pouncey in some great company.

While Roethlisberger has always had Pouncey’s back, the reverse was true following Big Ben’s five interception game two weeks ago in a loss to Jacksonville. Pouncey says there was never any doubt that Ben would rebound.

“It’s funny to me because you know how the media is. If you watch the interview with Ben, he kinda laughed like, ‘maybe I don’t have it anymore.’ Now the headline is ‘Ben doesn’t have it anymore.’ I mean, come on. Ben is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Everybody has bad games. You think I’m going to question Big Ben if he can come back and have a great game? That’s crazy.”

Roethlisberger certainly did bounce back, not with his best game ever but arguably the best of the season.

Pouncey’s success, especially post seven knee surgeries, has been absolutely remarkable. By our charting, he hasn’t allowed a regular season sack since October of 2014. He’s one of the most athletic and consistent pivots in the game and that was on display in Sunday’s win over the Chiefs, helping to lead Le’Veon Bell to his best game of the season.

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  • dany

    Not that that stat is not impressive, but usually centers are the linemen who allow the least sacks right?

  • PA2AK_

    Man why’d you have to ruin it for me?! I was impressed then immediately brought back down to earth. Ha

  • Alex Kozora

    Not necessarily. Cody Wallace led the Steelers in sacks with 7 in 2015, filling in for Pouncey.

  • Jaybird

    I can recall Mahan and Hartwig getting beat quit a bit. Hartwig was embarrassed in the super bowl when he got steamrolled onto his but and was called for holding in the end zone ( safety) against Arizona. And my boy Finney looked lost at center last year against the Browns. He was a human turnstile in the first half of that game.
    Steeler fans have been spoiled for the most part with their Centers- Webster, Dawson, Hartings, and now Pouncey.

  • PaeperCup

    Javon Hargrave is piling up opposing Centers sacks allowed stats.

  • SteelCity

    +1000

  • Alex Kozora

    haha def. Just ask JC Tretter. Got destroyed.

  • dany

    No yeah but I mean, league wide average seems to me like centers allow less sacks than their guard and tackles teammates. Though of course edge rushers are the ones who rack up sack numbers

  • Alex Kozora

    Sure, maybe it is less. But not zero.

  • Todd Borax

    You on Marzci’s beat today with these filler puff pieces?

  • Alex Kozora

    We can talk about the anthem or Gatorade coolers if you really want…

  • Steve

    During the Chiefs game Ben changed the call numerous times when they had a 3 guy front vrs a 4 guy front and did a great job in the play that he called, keeping their D on its toes and guessing.

  • Alex Townsend

    Man can Colbert draft receivers and lineman…

  • Stairway7

    Should we take a knee when we drink the gatorade or not? Or should we stay in the tunnell till all the gatorade is gone?

  • Todd Borax

    Fair point 😀