Originally written on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 11/29/11

The Steelers have a Pro Bowl Center in Maurkice Pouncey.  He is the best lineman on the team and one the best lineman in the league.  He will be the Steelers center for years to come.  He will hold down the position and anchor the line for the next 10 years.

All that being said I would move Pouncey to Left Guard.  The Steelers are very weak at  the Left Guard position right now.  They removed Kemoeatu out of the lineup and put in Doug Legursky.  Legs is better in the pass game but Kemo is better in the run game.  The Steelers main running play is a power to the right side where Kemo pulls and takes out whoever is in his way to open the hole.  It is very important to the Steelers offense.

Legursky is not much of a pulling guard.  He is more of an adequate replacement in the passing game.  The Steelers are a passing team.  The power to the right though is the main option in the running game.  The Steelers run it more often then not when they go to the ground game.

There is a guy who can pull but he plays center right now.  Pouncey is one of the most athletic lineman you will see in your lifetime.  He plays like he should be at a skill position on the outside.  He can move a defender in front of him and gets to the second level with ease.  This skill set would be perfect for the Steelers at Left Guard.

This is a win win as Legursky has proven he is much more comfortable and is a better blocker at the center position.  Legs can use his strength man on man with a guy lined up over top of him.  He thrives in this spot.  He played great in the Super Bowl and looked good again last week versus the Chiefs.

Even with the move Pouncey will still be right smack in the center of the line.  He will still be able to make the line calls and get everyone where they need to be.  His smarts will not be wasted if moved one position to the left.  While Pouncey is extremely athletic his smarts are what help the Steelers the most.  All of the offensive linemen play better when Pouncey is making the protection calls.  There will be no need for that to stop.

The line will be strengthened much more in this scenario.  While there is no replacement for Pouncey at Center the upgrade at Guard is much larger then the downgrade at Center with this switch.  Even though it is not a permanent switch the Steelers will benefit this season with this format.  They can find a guard to play beside Pouncey in the draft or in Free Agency in the offseason.  For now though he will help the Steelers more at Guard then at Center.

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