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Old 12-11-2009, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default Is James Farrior done?

It sure looked like it at times this year. Always a sure tackler, and he missed a couple last night. I've seen him a step slow in coverage and a second late getting there. I think when you get up in age the end comes quickly and I think the end arrived this year. I was surprised the Steelers went with the extension as their MO has been to let LBer's go before the decline hits (Kirkland, Lloyd, Greene, Gildon, Porter) etc.

I think Timmons will be solid and I think Fox may be able to get the job done for a couple of years, but I'd go middle LBer in the draft early unless they are thinking 4-3 for the future.
Question for those more educated in the 4-3.
Would Woodley move to DE in the 4-3?
Would Timmons move to outside backer and then we look for a run stuffing inside backer?
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is James Farrior done?

woodley, Asmith big snack ,hood or keisel DL
harrison fox timmons LBers farrior (i think he has 2 years on his contract)

But i dont even want to think about a 4-3 that means coach lebeau is gone
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:07 PM   #3
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Default Re: Is James Farrior done?

James Farrior has lost a step and a half. Some people have said they noticed it last season, but I didn't at the time. I certainly have this season. I've seen him get pushed around on running plays, and he's become a downright liability in pass coverage. I hate to say it, but James Farrior is in severe decline.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:18 PM   #4
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Default Re: Is James Farrior done?

He certainly isn't getting younger or faster and business is business. I would love to see him as back up next year for depth but if Fox can take the spot by being faster and more reliable then let him take it. Farrior shouldn't get the spot just because he has been so solid over the years I hate saying it but its a young mans game and LBs have to be fast.
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He certainly isn't getting younger or faster and business is business. I would love to see him as back up next year for depth but if Fox can take the spot by being faster and more reliable then let him take it. Farrior shouldn't get the spot just because he has been so solid over the years I hate saying it but its a young mans game and LBs have to be fast.
This is what I've been thinking. When we had James Farrior and Larry Foote as our ILBs, Farrior was the guy we dropped into pass coverage while Foote was the noted run specialist. Now I'm thinking that Lawrence Timmons needs to be the guy we drop into pass coverage while Keyaron Fox is the run-stuffer. Just a thought.
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Default Re: Is James Farrior done?

I believe Farrior can still get the job done on running downs. IMO he is no longer a 3 down MLB. I would rather see Keyaron Fox as the 3 down MLB in Farrior's spot. I definitely think it's time either through FA or the draft to find a very athletic and young MLB. I dread seeing Farrior in pass coverage anymore. Even though it was a cap friendly deal I did not like the extension he got in the off season.
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I see him with the team in a reduced role. Maybe a two down backer, he still has a good nose for the ball. He is a leader on the field as well. hopefully we can get a good inside backer in the draft and let Farrior be a mentor for the young kid and show him the Steeler way as well before his time with the team is up.
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thinking of this defense without Farrior, makes me very sad! =(
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:10 PM   #10
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He looks slow to me, but he will get next season to prove us wrong I am sure.

Either way he has been a great Steeler.
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