Written by Matthew Cannata at 9:00 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
When Mike Pouncey returned to the practice field without limitations, speculation immediately began as to what would happen to the offensive line. Would Pouncey move back to center or would he play the right guard position? As we all know, they set him at the right guard position and two games in, the results have been mixed but Joe Philbin isn’t giving up and is looking for continued improvement.
“We like the way they are playing, certainly we expect them to improve and get better over the next, hopefully starting on Sunday. There is room for improvement with everybody there, but we have used the same line-up two weeks in a row and we have had an opportunity to win both of those games so there are some good things on tape.”
In terms of communication with Pouncey back, Philbin said that it’s been much improved and is looking forward to it getting even better once they get even more games under their belt.
“It’s been good, yeah. I think it’s been good. We haven’t had a lot of, knock on wood, a lot of free runners as we like to say in the backfield, whether it be run or pass. Not that we’ve been perfect at it, but I think overall it’s been good. Certainly, that is going to be a big part of the game and they do a good job. They move people around, they drop people in late and disguise well. That’s going to be a big part of the plan is getting everybody on the same page.”
Philbin re-iterated that he is going to get the best five offensive lineman on the field as long as they aren’t out of position too much. He is pleased with the current starting five and said that he plans to keep it that way until he sees a need to change it.
As far as Pouncey goes and whether or not he is still excited about the move to guard, he’s singing a different tune than he was two weeks ago.
“Of course, I was so good at it,” Pouncey said, when asked if he missed playing the center position. “But it doesn’t bother me at all. I like the way the five guys gel together, the rotation we have now. Whatever is best for the team. We’re going to keep it that way until they say different.”