Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
One of the bigger story-lines this week down in Davie, Florida is how Mike Pouncey is progressing throughout the week and whether or not he will play center or guard on Sunday. Joe Philbin helped us out a little with those questions in his press conferences.
“He’s been getting a little bit of everything. He’s been getting work at a lot of different things and pitching in. He’s been pitching and he’s one of those guys I think, he’s a football player, so he likes to compete, he likes to play. I think he’d line up anywhere. If you told him to go anywhere, he’d do it.”
“I think I said a couple of weeks ago, nothing is off the table. We’re going to decide who the best 46 players are and, right now, as I’ve said before to you guys, our starters are our starters right now. But things can change. We’re going to see. He’s still evolving and practicing since he’s come back gradually and we’re trying to work him more and more every single time he goes out on the field – just to make sure, number one, he’s healthy and ready to play regardless of what position he plays. I haven’t ruled anything out.”
Philbin seemed to be happy that Pouncey was so open about wanting to play anywhere on the offensive line as those are the types of players that he wants on the team.
“You’re always looking for guys that want to contribute and are unselfish. This is a team game. As a coach, you always want guys that are ready to answer the bell and do it whatever they can to help their team win.”
I’ve been a big advocate of moving Pouncey to guard for the past year or two. I do believe that he’s a good center but I also believe that he can become an all-pro guard and probably the best in the league. That was his natural position in college and was moved to center his senior year and of course, here with the Miami Dolphins. We’ll get some more answers over the next few days.
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