Miami Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey: ‘I had my best year. Ask the coaches.’

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler picks up a block from center Mike Pouncey in a loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Pouncey set out this season to play “16-plus” games and it appears he’s going to get the 16, but not the plus.

Another Miami Dolphins season will end without a playoff appearance for Pouncey, one year after he and his teammates actually made the playoffs, but he missed the game due to injury.

“It sucks man,” Pouncey said after Sunday’s loss at Kansas City. “It sucks. I felt like we had every opportunity to make the playoffs this year and we just pissed it away.”

Pouncey did say surviving the season with a plan designed around limited practice time was a blessing.

“Honestly with the extent of my injury avascluar necrosis (in my hip) I was told my career was over at one point,” Pouncey said. “Just to be here going into Week 16 is a blessing honestly. A blessing.”

According to mayoclinic.com, avascular necrosis is the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply. Avascular necrosis can lead to tiny breaks in the bone and the bone’s eventual collapse. The blood flow to a section of bone can be interrupted if the bone is fractured or the joint becomes dislocated, according to the web site.

But here’s the thing. Pouncey hasn’t just played. He’s played well.

“I had my best year,” Pouncey said Sunday. “Ask the coaches. They’ll tell you the same thing.”

Pouncey agreed this playoff-eliminating loss was a microcosm of Miami’s season.

“Turnovers,” Pouncey said. “Not scoring in the red zone. And not playing complimentary football. When our defense is playing well our offense is not. When our offense is playing good our defense is not. You can’t win games like that in this league.”

 

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