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BlitzburghRockCity
05-01-2007, 01:19 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_505404.html


By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Just as when he visited the Steelers about three weeks ago, Lawrence Timmons met with coaches and got a better feel for the team.

There was one significant difference between Timmons' pre-draft interview April 11 at the Steelers' South Side facility and Monday.

This time, Steelers president Art Rooney II and coach Mike Tomlin presented him with a black-and-gold jersey with the No. 1 on it.

Less than 48 hours after the Steelers made Timmons the 15th overall pick of the NFL draft, the outside linebacker from Florida State met with reporters -- and got at least a glimpse into how much his life has changed.

"I've never been through anything like this, all the cameras, just being in a big city like Pittsburgh," said Timmons, who won't turn 21 until May 14. "I think it will be just a hard change altogether because this is the NFL.

"It's just a challenge I'm just going to have to take. I know I'll be all right."

Timmons proved to be as quiet and soft-spoken as advertised, and at times, he struggled to be heard over the clicking of cameras.

But Timmons became the first linebacker the Steelers have drafted in the first round since 1991 because he is much better in front of cameras on the field than off it.

He no doubt had them focused on him last season.

Timmons recorded 18 tackles for losses in 2006, the only season he started at Florida State, and had five sacks. The 6-foot-1, 234-pounder also blocked two punts and scored three touchdowns on either defense or special teams.

"He's got exceptional burst to the ball," Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said, "and he arrives angry to the ball."

The Steelers will soon get to see some of that attitude.

Timmons says he will spend the next two weeks working out at home in Florence, S.C., before returning for Steelers' minicamp, which will be May 11-13.

His ties to Pittsburgh now go beyond having a father who played one season of college basketball at Duquesne and knowing Levon Kirkland (Timmons grew up about 10 minutes from where the former Steelers linebacker hails).

And the number on the jersey given to Timmons yesterday doesn't just signify his status as a first-round pick, but also the lofty expectations that come with such status.

The Steelers took Timmons to compete with James Harrison for Joey Porter's old spot at outside linebacker and boost their special-teams play.

His appeal as a player also lies in his versatility.

Timmons played in a 4-3 defense at Florida State and proved to be as adept as dropping back into coverage as he was at rushing the quarterback.

The Steelers will almost certainly use him in a number of different ways, since they seem intent on showing teams multiple looks on defense next season.

"I just try to play anywhere that helps the defense win games," Timmons said. "I think my versatility is what makes me such a great player."

He seems alittle starstruck right now so hopefully he gets used to the cameras, media, and just all the general focus that comes with being a 1st round pick.

okiesteeler
05-01-2007, 01:24 AM
I hope he continues to hate the camera. It seems once players get comfortable in front of the camera, they want more and more of it, and they end up being another TO or Randy Moss, who will do ANYTHING to get more face time on camera. I hope he shys away and lets his play do his talking

BlitzburghRockCity
05-01-2007, 01:30 AM
As long he is able to get past it and focus on football I think he'll be ok. He seems a bit overwhelmed right now, even though he did come from FSU which is a high profile school you can't ever be completely prepared for all the pomp and circumstance of the draft.

okiesteeler
05-01-2007, 01:34 AM
Well that is true, but as the article says he is comfortable in front of the camera's while on the field. It would not bother me if he never had another press conference again and allowed our veterans like Ward, Polamalu, etc... do all the talking and he was just the onfield enforcer

DIESELMAN
05-01-2007, 08:37 AM
He's also got former teammates Reid, McFadden and Church there to help him adjust to life in the pros.

steelcurtaingal
05-01-2007, 08:56 AM
i hope he lets his play do all the talkingon the field. i like that he arrives angry at the ball, and that he doesnt appear to be a TO or Moss. cant wait to see him on the field

House of Steel
05-01-2007, 09:14 AM
I am really starting to get a feel for Timmons. I believe he is going to be huge for us and a big star in Pittsburgh. I would love to get his jersey. I got a feeling he is going to make us all say Joey who?

steelersgal86
05-01-2007, 09:24 AM
i hope he lets his play do all the talkingon the field. i like that he arrives angry at the ball, and that he doesnt appear to be a TO or Moss. cant wait to see him on the field

I agree...that will tell all when we see him on the field...:tt02:

steelcurtaingal
05-01-2007, 09:26 AM
I am really starting to get a feel for Timmons. I believe he is going to be huge for us and a big star in Pittsburgh. I would love to get his jersey. I got a feeling he is going to make us all say Joey who?

i really hope you are right HOS.

ARKIESTEEL
05-01-2007, 09:52 AM
I am really starting to get a feel for Timmons. I believe he is going to be huge for us and a big star in Pittsburgh. I would love to get his jersey. I got a feeling he is going to make us all say Joey who?



Not to be on the other side or anything it will take alot to make me say Joey who........Joey was a fun player to watch.........I hope this new guy is better :bigthumb:

BlitzburghRockCity
05-01-2007, 10:31 AM
From all the articles on this kid, he seems very quiet, reserved, down to earth, really looking for someone to teach him and show him the way. That is good because it shows he's humble and realizes he needs to learn and be a part of the team. He won't be the leader that Joey was in the locker room but if all the information about him holds true then he'll do his talking on the field.

AZ_Steeler
05-01-2007, 11:34 AM
Not to be on the other side or anything it will take alot to make me say Joey who........Joey was a fun player to watch.........I hope this new guy is better :bigthumb:
Given how quiet and shy he is front of the camera's I think it will take a long time to say Joey who? Joey was always firing up his teammates in front of the camera! Watching his video's though you can tell he not shy on the field :cope: plus I think he will take Joey's old spot and push Harrison to being a backup again.

25MVPKing
05-01-2007, 12:43 PM
If you can come from an elite school like FSU and be shy in front of the camera, it says a lot. Clearly if he wants the mic and camera, he could have them. That said, Tallahassee is a small place, so Pittsburgh will be overwhelming to him. Tally is a city of 100,000. 40,000 at FSU, 30,000 at FAMU, and the rest either work at those two places or are politicians.

As an FSU grad, I watch most games (what's on T.V) and Timmons was our best player despite only starting for one year. With the 'Noles defense, and Mickey Andrews as DC, we don't regroup, we reload. When Ernie Sims got taken by Detriot last year, Timmons stepped in and proved that.

Hopefully he can learn a lot from the veterans and at least have some friends in Willie Reid, Marcello Church, and Bryant McFadden right off the bat.

SteelersWoman
05-01-2007, 01:01 PM
Given how quiet and shy he is front of the camera's I think it will take a long time to say Joey who? Joey was always firing up his teammates in front of the camera! Watching his video's though you can tell he not shy on the field :cope: plus I think he will take Joey's old spot and push Harrison to being a backup again.

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Black@Gold Forever32
05-01-2007, 01:12 PM
I just want Lawrence Timmons to make a name for himself and I won't compare him to anyone. I like the fact he can play both OLB and ILB. So I would expect Timmons to move around this year. Thats good to keep offenses guessing on where the pressure is coming from. Plus Timmons also can drop back into coverage. I really like the pick. Wasn't thrilled at first since Rosenhaus is his agent but I cooled on that. I just hate the circus that comes with Rosenhaus.

As for Joey Who? There will never be another Joey Porter. You can replace his talent but you can't replace Joey's charisma.

DIESELMAN
05-01-2007, 01:17 PM
I just want Lawrence Timmons to make a name for himself and I won't compare him to anyone. I like the fact he can play both OLB and ILB. So I would expect Timmons to move around this year. Thats good to keep offenses guessing on where the pressure is coming from. Plus Timmons also can drop back into coverage. I really like the pick. Wasn't thrilled at first since Rosenhaus is his agent but I cooled on that. I just hate the circus that comes with Rosenhaus.

As for Joey Who? There will never be another Joey Porter. You can replace his talent but you can't replace Joey's charisma.

:bigthumb: Theres one more upside to Timmons....His inexperience at LB, why? cuz he doesn't have all the fundamentals to the LB position down pat yet, with experience also comes bad habits. We got the best coach to show Timmons how to be a Steeler LB.....LeBeau!!!!!

25MVPKing
05-01-2007, 01:17 PM
nicely put Black@Gold

Black@Gold Forever32
05-01-2007, 01:20 PM
:bigthumb: Theres one more upside to Timmons....His inexperience at LB, why? cuz he doesn't have all the fundamentals to the LB position down pat yet, with experience also comes bad habits. We got the best coach to show Timmons how to be a Steeler LB.....LeBeau!!!!!

Yes I expect both Tomlin/LeBeau playing chess with our young multi talented OLBs. I see both Timmons/Woodley moved around alot. I think Lamar Woodley might our Adalius type of player since he can line up at DE in a 4-3 front or OLB in a 3-4 front.

Black@Gold Forever32
05-01-2007, 01:21 PM
nicely put Black@Gold

Thank you I tend to tell it like it is.:bigthumb: