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    Is Lamarr Woodley the missing key to the defense?

    He hasn't played a full game since October 30th against the Patriots when he left with the hamstring injury that has plagued him since. When it first happened he was optimistic about playing the following week, but we all knew it was going to be longer. Then there was hope that he could return to full strength after the bye week. That came and went and save for limited action during that stretch he's been inactive. Jason Worilds has filled in nicely and gotten better as the weeks have gone bye but let's face it he's not on the same level as Woodley is, not many pass rushers are.

    The Steelers have the #1 defense in the NFL once again, and #1 against the pass without having the Pharaoh in the lineup. The pass rush has suffered, registering a mediocre 35.0 sacks on the season (tied for 17th overall with the Jets). Normally you expect a Dick Lebeau defense to have at least 45 QB takedowns by the end of the regular season, but injuries have taken their toll on the Steelers linebackers. Since they are the stars of a 3-4 defense, it's a big issue to overcome. The standard may be the standard according to Mike Tomlin, but there is inevitably a drop off to some degree when back up players come in. Perhaps if Jason Worilds had been able to stay healthy all year he could have improved his game quicker and helped the pass rush register more pressures and sacks but that's water under the bridge now. Lawrence Timmons palyed outside for several weeks straight, and while he's got good skills to rush the QB he's not exactly a beast at it just yet. Musical chairs at linebacker has been a problem all year and to their credit the players have done an admirable job filling in at positions they are accustomed to playing.

    Harrison has 9 Sacks on the year and 2 Forced Fumbles. Woodley also has 9 Sacks, all of which coming in the first 8 games of the season. The next closest player on the defense is Defensive End Brett Keisel with 3 on the year. We've been saying that, "oh just wait until Woodley and Harrison are on the field together", things will be different. Perhaps that's true and hopefully it is, at least it better be. A top flight pass rush in the post season can be the difference in the game.
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    I'd like to think he's the missing piece...
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    Without question. Woodley completes the defense. Not having him has hurt a lot.

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    What the hell is wrong with that guy. He was hurt since the Patriots game!!!! Can he just suck it up and play!

    Just my frustration boiling before we face an 8-8 team
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    Quote Originally Posted by LevonKirkland99 View Post
    What the hell is wrong with that guy. He was hurt since the Patriots game!!!! Can he just suck it up and play!

    Just my frustration boiling before we face an 8-8 team
    Playing through a hamstring isn't that simple. They take quite a while to fully heal. He has tried to play but the hammy has left him ineffective. Andre johnson had the same injury and missed significant time as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by LevonKirkland99 View Post
    What the hell is wrong with that guy. He was hurt since the Patriots game!!!! Can he just suck it up and play!

    Just my frustration boiling before we face an 8-8 team
    It makes me laugh everytime I see someone say, "so and so needs to suck it up and play!"

    Like..if it was possible I'm sure they'd be playing.

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    they should have shut him down for the regular season and brought him back this week

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    they should have shut him down for the regular season and brought him back this week
    If our offense could score at will and not with whatever it is we score with. a few players could have taken an injury break to heal...

    but our #1 defense cant score enough to keep us ahead in the games. if DL could only have the defense score 14 points a game things would be perfect.

    Fire Arians....... This is ridiculous already.... Tomlin better man up and hire a good OC this year... Some names are starting to fly around again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldrolled View Post
    Fire Arians....... This is ridiculous already.... Tomlin better man up and hire a good OC this year... Some names are starting to fly around again.
    Names always fly around once we near the offseason. And then guess what...BA is still there the next season. I doubt he's going anywhere. Ben loves him too much and Tomlin doesn't have the balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelersbabex25 View Post
    Names always fly around once we near the offseason. And then guess what...BA is still there the next season. I doubt he's going anywhere. Ben loves him too much and Tomlin doesn't have the balls.
    If BA was worth a **** wouldn't you think his name would be floating around out there with all these head coaching jobs open? That alone should tell Tomlin something, this guy is a freaking stiff and needs to be let go ASAP..

    I get sick of watching the struggles year after year, Ben needs to be coached not the one coaching IMO, quit stroking Ben and fire BA!!
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