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05-31-2008, 04:58 PM
PITTSBURGH – To the surprise of the reporters milling around Lawrence Timmons after practice the other day, his move inside to the Mack linebacker position was made early last season.


Therefore, the position – behind Larry Foote – is not new to Timmons. But this is: “He’s finally gaining an understanding of what he needs to be doing,” said defensive captain James Farrior.

Farrior knows how important it is to gain an understanding of the Steelers’ defense. He spent his first season – in 2002 – as the Buck (strong-side inside) linebacker and admitted he didn’t know what he was doing. He sees the light turning on for Timmons now.

“He’s starting to realize what the other players on defense are doing,” Farrior said. “That’s the biggest key. When you’re playing our defense, you want to know what everybody else is doing. He’s starting to get a grasp of that.”

At Thursday’s practice, Timmons dropped into the flat to cover the running back, who was the checkdown receiver on the play. Quarterback Jared Zabransky looked deep, saw the primary receiver covered, and threw to the back. The pass never got there. Timmons intercepted it for a touchdown.

“I was just doing my job, that’s all,” Timmons said.

He couldn’t even do that last year at this time. Timmons, the first-round pick, stood on the sideline all spring with a groin injury. The Steelers wanted to do so much with him, too. They wanted him to learn some outside linebacker, some inside, some dime, some special teams. He learned little and saw only limited playing time throughout the season. But now he’s back at spring drills and he's healthy and he's feeling like a vet.

“Like a vet? Not quite,” he said. “Three more weeks and then I won’t be a rookie anymore.”

Go ahead and tell Timmons that he didn’t really miss much last spring. He’s still counting the days to make up for it.
“He is making up for it,” Farrior said. “He’s playing well.”

Timmons, though, remains the second-team Mack backer behind Foote. But Timmons is the first-team dime backer, and that’s his main focus right now. The Steelers are now using two inside backers – Timmons and Farrior – in their dime.

“It looks like the old nickel, but there’s a difference,” Timmons said.
Timmons was asked if he’ll soon have to learn the Buck position.
“The Mack and the Buck pretty much run off each other, so it wouldn’t be difficult,” he said. “But I’ve got to learn the dime a whole lot more before they do anything else with me.”
Thursday's interception proved he’s doing just that.

Now that he's healthy, he can contribute from his experience in training. Game time will tell if he's really catching on or not....I sure do hope so.

K Train
05-31-2008, 05:10 PM
hes a baller and is gonna have a good year

05-31-2008, 05:39 PM
Not this year, but next year he will start next to Foote. Foote is a very solid, underrated player and Farrior is getting old. Plus his contract is up after this year I believe.

05-31-2008, 06:42 PM
Not this year, but next year he will start next to Foote. Foote is a very solid, underrated player and Farrior is getting old. Plus his contract is up after this year I believe.

Might be sooner then you think bro.....

Lawrence Timmons worked once again with the second team as the Mack inside linebacker Wednesday, and on one rep was joined by Larry Foote.

So Timmons, thinking he was being replaced at the Mack, began to run off the field, but the coaches said, “no, no, no” and Timmons stayed put, right at the line, and had no option but to blitz. He blew up the draw play. In fact, he could’ve intercepted the handoff.

Timmons said after practice that Foote at the time was getting work as the second-team Buck inside backer (James Farrior’s position).
Timmons said his only work with the first team this spring has been in the dime defense. He said he’s part of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s new wrinkle: two inside linebackers – Timmons and Farrior – on the field in the dime.

“It looks like last year’s nickel, but it’s a little different,” Timmons said.

06-01-2008, 07:40 AM
It`s time! He is a first rounder, if he isn`t good enough this season, then we wasted half of his contract

Iron City South
06-01-2008, 10:11 AM
This article makes him sound dumb; like its taken him longer to "get it" than anyone else.

06-01-2008, 10:46 AM
Some times it does take a while to get adjusted, for whatever reason. He was imjured for most of the OTA's and Training Camp last year. Plus he comes from Florida State which is one of the dumbest schools in the nation.

He shouldn't take Foote or Farriors job this year, but he should definitely see A LOT more time.

06-01-2008, 12:35 PM
He did miss a lot last year not being on the field so this year is big for him. He's going to be in the fight of his life going up against Foote this year; Larry is a vet and knows how to play the position. He works well with Farrior so Timmons is going to have to give it all he's got and then some if he wants to get any significant playing time this year. He's going to get his chances and he needs to seize the opportunity. 1st round picks are expected to contribute early and often so now it's time.

06-02-2008, 08:23 AM
The kid needs to start:cope:

06-02-2008, 04:17 PM
Only if he beats out Foote which I don't think he will. He will be in a rotation I think and will come in on passing downs. Plus, I want him on ST again this year since he was pretty solid and they are looking pretty bad still. Next season he will start. Tis is really more or less his first season since the whole learning period was basically lost.

06-02-2008, 05:12 PM
Let's not forget Timmons came out of FSU early after starting only one year there. Prior to his junior and last year @ FSU Timmons was behind some damn good LBs including Ernie Sims. The kid is still learning the game.

Whether or not Timmons can beat Foote to be the starter is a great problem for this defense to have. Whatever happens Timmons will have a positive and head line-grabbing impact on this defense in packages.

How I read that 'new' dime defense w/ two inside backers is Farrior will play the mike and Timmons will take on that rover role that Polamalu and Keisel have ineffectively filled for the last two years.

06-02-2008, 06:04 PM
It's a great problem to have, too many starting LB's. He will come along fine this year and make a serious impact. Maybe not starting at first, but he will get field time and towards the end of the year, when we need it most, he will be on fire. :2cents: