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09-16-2010, 08:02 AM
Bires: Timmons' time nears
By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times

Wednesday September 15, 2010 11:53 PM

From the moment the Steelers drafted Lawrence Timmons, his style of play has always been described in one word: Explosive.

He’s an inside linebacker blessed with a rare blend of speed, power and tenacity.

“L.T. goes from zero to 60 in a heartbeat,” said cornerback Bryant McFadden. “And when he gets there, he’s in a bad mood.”

The 15th overall pick in 2007, Timmons hardly played as a rookie. He pulled a groin muscle early in training camp that year. And he was only a raw 21-year-old who left Florida State after his junior season.

Since then, it’s been a steady progression for Timmons.

Playing primarily on passing downs in ’08, Timmons finished fourth on the Steelers with 5.0 sacks and returned an interception 89 yards in a win at New England.

Last year, he moved into the starting lineup and finished third on the team with 7.0 sacks.

This year, Timmons’ coaches and teammates expect him to elevate his game to even higher levels.

Linebackers coach Keith Butler said in camp that this has to be Timmons’ breakout year. In camp, head coach Mike Tomlin described Timmons as “ridiculously talented.”

Fellow linebacker LaMarr Woodley even believes he’s capable of recording 17 sacks this year.

Though he didn’t have any sacks in last Sunday’s overtime win over Atlanta, Timmons was an impact player with nine solo tackles.
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After watching film of that game, Woodley proclaimed that “Law Dawg” — as Timmons is called — will be the next Steelers linebacker to make it to the Pro Bowl.

“He makes tackles. He pressures the quarterback. He covers (receivers),” Woodley said. “If he stays healthy, he’s going to the Pro Bowl.”

Dating back to the “Steel Curtain” era, the Steelers have long prided themselves on excellence at the linebacker position. The list of star LBs range from Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, Greg Lloyd, Kevin Greene, Jason Gildon and Joey Porter.

The greatest performance by an entire Steelers linebacking corps, of course, came in 1975 when Ham, Lambert and Andy Russell all went to the Pro Bowl.

Three of the four current Steeler linebackers have been to the Pro Bowl:James Farrior, James Harrison and Woodley.

“You might see three of us go again this year,” Woodley said.

Regardless of how many Steelers linebackers make it to the Pro Bowl this season, don’t be surprised if one of them is the explosive Lawrence Timmons.

He’s on the verge of greatness.

Mike Bires can be reached on-line at mbires@timesonline.com.

Tone's Toes
09-16-2010, 08:27 AM
He was a ridiculously talented project pick imo and is now turning the corner. Was only a matter of time. Just too much talent in this kid to not be good. Wouldn't be surprised if he does make the pro bowl and to think as recent as a couple months ago there were still people calling this guy a bust. Wonder where they went?

09-16-2010, 09:24 AM
“And when he gets there, he’s in a bad mood.”


tony hipchest
09-16-2010, 10:43 AM
him, mendenhall, hood, and pouncey are not only rediculously talented, but rediculously young.

drafting them so young allows us to squeeze a few more prime years out of them.

worthy to note that timmons led ALL ILB's in sacks last year.

09-16-2010, 04:20 PM
I bet other teams are starting to figure out if their gonna need to double cover Timmons. The guys becoming a steam roller. :wink02:

09-16-2010, 04:46 PM
With Harrison, Woodley, TImmons, AND Ziggy Hood (who I noticed was up in Matt Ryan's face a whole lot this last Sunday as well), we are gonna get not only LOTS of sacks this year, but violent ones from multiple angles...