This week, the Dolphins signed cornerback Zack Bowman and re-signed center (maybe guard) Mike Pouncey. Neither move has me overly excited, yet they are both good movies.
Pouncey, who supported his friend and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez and who was involved in the Jonathan Martin teasing, has a lot to prove still. Was it immature of him to publically say that Aaron Hernandez should be freed? Not my place to say. I don’t care about a man’s immaturity nor his taste in friends, as long as he’s an excellent player.
So that brings up the question: Is Pouncey an excellent player? He’s certainly good, and I’m glad we re-signed him. But he has not proven to be a game changer. I can’t remember a single play over the past few years where Pouncey overpowered a defending nose tackle on a short-yardage play. I can’t remember a single block where he knocked a defender on his ass.
Pouncey’s game is more about finesse. Nothing wrong with that, but I don’t think that makes him a superstar who deserved to be the highest-paid center in the game. With Samson Satelle playing well in Pouncey absence, the Dolphins made the (correct) decision to keep Satele there when Pouncey came back. Pouncey came back as a guard, and my expectations were high. But the production just wasn’t there. He played well. He somehow made the Pro Bowl. He didn’t get embarrassed out there. But I don’t think he excelled either.
2015 needs to be a breakout year for Pouncey. He needs to show us that he is worth all that money. He needs to be a force on that line.
And then there’s Zack Bowman. This is an intriguing free agent who could be the next Brent Grimes, or the next Benny Sapp. Time will tell.
The good things about Bowman include his speed and his experience. He’s started NFL games and he’s led his team (the 2009 Bears) in interceptions. He is already an improvement over Will Davis and Jamar Taylor (but that’s not saying much).
The bad is that his best days might be behind him. Bowman’s playing time subsided in Chicago. Then he went onto the New York Giants, who barely used him as a special teamer only. The Bears and Giant coaches (who are ALL smarter than Joe Philbin) didn’t think he was good enough to play defense. So it’s a bit risk y for us to think he can. Time will tell, and I have hunch that he has something to prove and could be a great surprise for us.