Maurkice Pouncey Injury: What was David DeCastro doing?

Maurkice Pouncey was injured on Sunday and could be lost for the season. That of course is bad news for an offensive line that was questionable to begin with and had little depth to sustain such an injury. This is getting a lot of attention.

What isn’t getting enough attention is HOW he was injured.

Let’s watch…

I am no expert on offensive line play, but what exactly is David DeCastro doing here? And why is he doing it?

We’ll have JJ talk about this play (and more!) when we record the next Steelers Lounge Podcast on Tuesday. It’s sure to be exciting.

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  • Brittany

    He was questionable to being with? Umm he is a 3 time pro bowler and ranked one of the best centers in the league. Confused as to what you’re speaking about in those terms

    • Gretz

      I didn’t say he was questionable (though, I think he’s probably a bit overrated), I said the offensive line as a whole was questionable and that it couldn’t afford to lose any of its starters.

      • Terribletoweler

        Well, his play has been overrated, at least recently. But he made the calls on the blocking assignments on the OL, and that will be difficult to replace. Who makes them now? I have that right, yes? If he made the calls, then it seems like, experience wise and years in the system, it would be Foster. Unless there aren’t assignments really anymore because of the zone scheme.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    If the player he hit was on the Titans, DeCastro would look like a dirty player who intentionally hurt an opponent. I wish the NFL would keep this in mind when they use slo mo replays to hand out fines.

    • Intropy

      Do you mean some “dirty” hit might be accidents or that the NFL should fine dirty hits to players on the same team?

  • Randy Steele

    I know it’s a bit like going from “All-Pro” to “Oh-No!,” but does anyone else think the Steelers would be better off bringing back John Malecki, who at least seems marginally competent and knows the system, to play center instead of Kelvin Beachum?

    Here’s why: The Steelers could return Beachum to his key role as offensive line factotum plus tight end.

    This way you are only weakening one position instead of two.

    And remember that if Beachum is secured for the center spot, you are only one injury away from Guy Whimper on the line.

    • Eric

      Saw that Malecki is headed to KC for a tryout. I doubt they plan to keep Beachum at center. They will use Wallace, who was inactive yesterday.

      • Eric

        Rt “@caplannfl: Former Titans C/G Fernando Velasco agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Steelers." … Started 16 G in '12— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) September 9, 2013

        • Eric

          New Steelers center Fernando Velasco was our 11th ranked center last year. Solid player thoguh he did struggle during preseason.— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 9, 2013

          • Eric

            I watched new Steelers OL Fernando Velasco this preseason and am surprised he was available. Strong, some mobility. Quality pick-up.— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) September 9, 2013

  • Terribletoweler

    Just an attempted cut block on the defender. It looks like 1. he missed and 2. he thought Pouncey was going to disengage and head upfield IMO. He didn’t have his head up either, which is why he totally misinterpreted what was happening.

  • Rob D

    Velasco sounds like a good pickup. Timmons is wearing the headset on D.
    I’m a little worried at how out of control STeelerLand seems on the net/blogs/comments section of ye olde internet. How’s the local radio shows ratings? No shortage of callers, I will hazard a guess..lol
    All they have to do is win 11 of 15 remaining contests to make my prediction come true. Piece of cake.

    • Eric

      I was actually pleased to see that things were relatively measured here. Yesterday was pretty brutal. Can’t say that the defense was great but it was certainly respectable, considering the field position they were handed.

      The offense was putrid but are we really surprised? Forget Haley/Arians. The problem was the same as before: the offensive line stunk. With all of the recent draft picks, there is hope that that will finally change but offensive lines need time to work together. By mid-season they will hopefully round into shape and be at least good.

      I follow all of the Steelers beat writers on twitter and was pretty fed up with their snark about the running backs. Multiple comments implying the Steelers were foolish to cut Dwyer. Which is silly. With the exception of (maybe) Bell, they are all mediocre. Redman, Dwyer, it doesn’t matter. Look no further than nobody wanting Dwyer. It was just really annoying seeing these guys carry water for Dwyer just because he gives them interviews.

      Hopefully, next Monday won’t be too bad.

      • Rob D

        THanks Eric…Onwards and upwards I suppose.

      • David

        Eric, it could be worse, like having Najeh Davenport return kickoffs

  • Randy Steele

    Bicknell and his staff, seen here, explaining the Zone Blocking Scheme to the Steelers’ offensive line.

    • Rob D

      Kemo confused!!

      • Intropy

        X2 = X3 cos Theta, Kemo.
        That means dive on the pile!

  • mdr21

    Pouncey owed him money apparently?

  • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

    FYI, peeps: We’ll be firing up the podcast machine Wed. AM so leave any topics for discussion here.

    • LoungeLegal

      I know there is A LOT of bad stuff to talk about but let’s also talk about some of the positives. I believe ELSM covered most of what I saw in his post on the View From thread: Troy and Woodley look promising this year, that sack of Troy’s was just pure evil, the D looked fine (other than Gay who we all know is the reason any team ever moves the ball /sarcasm/) and the o-line can’t get much worse….can it?

      • Randy Steele

        A bit of contrary opinion that might be a good talking point: losing Larry Foote might not necessarily be the end of the world.

        He was targeted repeatedly by the Titans and whiffed badly on more than a couple tackles. Many of the runs during Tennessee’s lone touchdown drive were directed at him. He may have been the worst performing player on an otherwise pretty good Steeler defense.

        Of course, all this is relative with whom they replace him, but it’s not completely crazy to think that this particular line-up change might turn out okay.

        • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

          Two things — According to ProFootballFocus.com, Foote graded out poorly before he was injured, so good point, Randy.

          And Gay was the Steelers’ best cover CB for the day. It was the Titans, yes, but still. It’s something.

        • David

          I saw that. He failed to tackle Battle on the 4th & 1 in the backfield. He makes that, no score folks. We’re up 2-0 at half. Woo hoo!

  • Cols714

    Can we please discuss the stupidity of firing Bruce Arians for the clown show that is Haley’s short quick passing offense?

    • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

      Wait, you think the Steelers should’ve kept BA? This is the first I’m hearing of this, sir.

      (And yes, we’ll address)

      • Randy Steele

        Perhaps a brief but helpful debate during the podcast about the preferred forms of suicide among Steeler fans, i.e., pills, wrist-cutting, deer rifles, plastic bag over the head, jumping from Clemente Bridge, etc…. to name a few.

        • Rob D

          Watching Miley Cyrus vids? My preferred route. It’s nice to know that Western culture will be going down with me..