Steelers Training Camp: Lawrence Timmons could step up in a Derrick Brooks way
July 29, 12:25 AM
Pittsburgh Sports Examiner
When it comes to finding the next great linebacker for the Steelers, the way things have gone for the organization over the years, the security guard in the Press Box might have a chance.
OK, that's stretching it, but its hard to deny that the marquee position for the team is the linebacker slot.
Jack Ham and Jack Lambert are in the Professional football Hall of Fame, and 51 players including current Steelers James Harrison and James Farrior, along with Greg Lloyd, Kevin Green, Robin Cole and Joey Porter have made the Pro Bowl since its inception.
"It takes everybody on that field. Ö But the athletes we've got at the linebacker position enable us to do a lot of the things," Farrior said."We're able to cover, we're able to blitz and we're able to play the run."
Could Lawrence Timmons be next great one?
Timmons showed signs of brilliance last year and one can hope he continues where he left off. In 2008 he played in every game, collecting 65 tackles, including 43 solos, 5 sacks and 1 interception. In Dick LeBeau's scheme, if Timmons continues to progress, fans will soon forget Larry Foote, whose place he takes when camp begins on Saturday.
When the Steelers drafted Timmons, he was just the third linebacker drafted by the Steelers in the first round in franchise history. Following the selection head coach Mike Tomlin had this to say.
"He has some Derrick Brooks qualities," Tomlin said, to the Pro Bowl linebacker."You don't necessarily want to put that on anyone because Brooks is a legendary player, but he runs around and strikes people. He is relentless and he loves the game."
Timmons found time to update his website prior to camp, and you have to love his attitude. He talked about being humble and the camaraderie that is made during the stay in Latrobe.
" Itís time to build that camaraderie, get ready to do our thing for the season," Timmons said. " A lot of people think two-a-days is just grinding, but thereís also some time where guys hang out and get to know each other better.
Two-a-days are like going out in the wilderness with your family. You end up being closer teammates because of it. Itís hard but thereís also a lot of messing around, like guys going to the movies together when you finally get a day off. Itís not like that during the season, each guy has his own life and go their separate ways on days off."