Visit NFL from the sidelines on the new Observer-Reporter site:

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Roethlisberger named AFC offensive player of the week

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was named AFC offensive player of the week for his performance against the Browns, when he threw for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns in just over two quarters.

© Maurkice Pouncey was again overlooked for rookie of the month honors.

I know he's an offensive linemen and thus doesn't acquire any of the "stats" of skill position players.

But when a rookie linemen makes the Pro Bowl, it shows you that other teams are noticing his play.

I expect Pouncey to be second to St. Louis QB Sam Bradford in the AP offensive rookie of the year voting. And after seeing Bradford play Sunday night at Seattle, I'm not so sure Pouncey shouldn't win the award instead of Bradford.

St. Louis' coaching staff did an outstanding job protecting the young QB. He had just one pass over 40 yards all season. I understand St. Louis' receiving corps was pretty bad, but Bradford numbers aren't all that outstanding when you consider that.

He rarely took any chances.


Steve-O said...

As much as I adore Pouncey you simply cannot equate his accomplishments (grand as they are) with a rookie quarterback playing an entire season and coming within one game of making the playoffs. Bradford my never reach the accomplishments of Big Ben but you gotta give the kid his props. He took his team to more wins than they had in the last two seasons combined.

Dale Lolley said...

I agree. I was merely pointing out that it's difficult for linemen, particularly interior linemen, to get any kind of accolades.

Anonymous said...

what about Dez Bryant? Gruden said he's the best punt returner in the NFL


Patrick said...

I know this is off topic, but is anyone watching the collossal collapse of any sense in Miami? If Cowher had any interest in that job, it has to be gone.

The only way I could see that happening now, is if Ross botches this so bad that he has to fire everyone and lets Cowher and friends run the show.

Looks like another year at CBS for Cowher. He may have waited one season too long to score a big coaching contract.

Anonymous said...

Yep, Sparano must feel so loved in Miami right now

Imo they should stick with him. Heck, imo most head coaches should stick with their HCs even through some rough times, but I guess I've been too used to steelers coaches

Guy took them out of a 1-15 hole! His OC was probably the worst in the league and Henne is merely an NFL backup

Greg Mercer said...

don't forget about his Special Teams coach.

Loretitennis said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Dean Collins said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.