Mike Pouncey wasn’t expecting to be in the position he’s in right now. The Pro Bowl center’s 2014 season was thrown into question due to an summer hip injury, and his return date was unknown. But just six weeks into the season, Pouncey returned to full strength, and in a position he hadn’t seen since his college days.
Now starting at right guard, the 25 year-old is part of a rejuvenated offensive line that is leading a Dolphins ground game that is 4th in the league in yards rushing per game.
Pouncey, in an interview with The Finsiders’ Greg Likens, Chris Chambers, and Kim Bokamper, talked about his move to the guard position and his relationship with starting center Samson Satele.
“Well it’s just fun to be back out there,” said Pouncey. “But the guys in my room have made the transition easy for me. Coming off of being so good at a position, and switching positions for the better of the team is something that I wanted to do, and I’m just getting better and better each week at playing guard.”
Filling in at Pouncey’s spot is the veteran Satele, and the thinking behind Pouncey moving to guard is to allow the Dolphins to play the best five offensive lineman on the field. Pouncey had no problem with the move, and respects what Satele is doing at what used to be his spot on the line.
“Satele is such a smart football player,” said Pouncey. “He goes up there and gets our offensive line set, and he’s always right on his points and he sets the stage for us. Just being around a guy like that, a guy that has so much experience at the position. Now I feel like center is going to be my position in the NFL, but for the better of the team I’m playing guard right now, so I’m learning from him, learning how he reads defenses so fast. I’m glad we brought in such a high character guy.”