DAVIE — Adam Gase has only coached Mike Pouncey for two seasons, so it would be hard for him to concur with the center’s assessment that this has been his best season.
But Gase said Wednesday that Pouncey has been really good recently.
“Especially down the stretch, he has been probably our most consistent guy and he’s played his best ball in the back half of this season,” Gase said. “You know we’ve done some things to make sure that he feels good on Sunday, which I know is frustrating for him to watch. He’s not a big fan of watching practice. He’s kind of right in the mix, even when he’s not practicing. But our whole goal was to make sure that we had him for Sunday. Especially in these last two games, where we needed him to play well, he was one of the few guys who really stepped up and did what he was supposed to do.”
After Sunday’s loss at Kansas City, Pouncey was asked how he feels he’s played this season.
“I had my best year,” Pouncey said Sunday. “Ask the coaches. They’ll tell you the same thing.”
Pouncey explained that doctors once told him he would be not able to play again, due to hip injuries.
“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.
On Wednesday, the Dolphins announced that Pouncey is the 2017 Ed Block Courage Award.