Steelers' Pouncey doesn't like mic either

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is not a fan of wearing a microphone under his shoulder pads, which is now required by the NFL for a team's center or guards.

Baltimore's Matt Birk is appealing a $5,000 fine he incurred for taking his microphone off in a Sunday night win over the New York Jets.

Pouncey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he didn't care for being wired on the field, something that is supposed to give TV viewers enhanced sound from the field and near the play at the line of scrimmage.

"I really don't want to wear it," Pouncey said. "What's the point of wearing it? I don't get it."

Steelers offensive coordinator and receiver Hines Ward were afraid that such things as snap count cadences and codes could be more easily stolen by opposing defenses.

"It really kills your no-huddle offense when everybody gets your code words, and they broadcast across NFL Network and everywhere else," Arians said.

Added Ward: "You are trying to bring the fans in, but it is hard because that's how teams pick up on stuff. They hear all your calls. I hate it."

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