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Old 05-18-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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LaMarr Woodley Named NFLís 63rd Best Player

May 17th, 2012



The NFL Top 100 countdown was down to the top 61-70 this week. There had been no Steelers on the list up until this point. The first Steeler showed up at number 63. Steelers OLB LaMarr Woodley was selected to be on the list. He is more than deserving.

Woodley came in at number 82 last season. I thought there would be a chance Woodley would be snubbed from this list. He missed 6 games due to injury and only played in parts of 3 other games. I thought that might push him off the list. It is nice to see that I was wrong. The fact that Woodley moved up 19 spots shows how much other players respect his game. Woodley was on his way to a possible defensive player of the year before the injury. Woodley had compiled 9 sacks in his first 8 games. He was in the middle of a 4 game multi sack streak.

Woodley was asked to do more while James Harrison was out four games with injury. He did just that and more. While Harrison was out Woodley compiled 7.5 sacks. The team was excited to get Harrison and Woodley back together. Woodley went down with injury the game before Harrison returned.

The two never really got to play together the rest of the season. One or the other was out in every game after that. Even when Woodley was in he was not 100%. Woodley did not record a sack the rest of the season. He was missing some strength and some burst with the hamstring injury.

Woodley deserved to be on this list. I am glad he made it. If he would have had a whole season without injury he probably would have been a whole lot higher.

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Old 05-19-2012, 04:14 AM   #2
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I thought Woodley was on his way to a Defensive MVP year and probably would have surpassed Terrell(Ooow my F@#king Achilles!) Suggs in sacks.

5 more Steelers somewhere else on this list.

A guess would be Ben, Troy, James Harrison, Pouncey, and Wallace.
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Old 05-19-2012, 05:47 AM   #3
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Would Ward be on the list are is it players playing now.
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:04 AM   #4
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Would Ward be on the list are is it players playing now.
I'm pretty sure it's players playing now. Not sure if Woodley would be #63 on an all-time list.
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Meh, not really impressed with Woodley tbh. He can disappear for entire games, make the occasional sack when the QB runs into him, and often loops way too far around the tackle and leaves his running lane wide open. Don't get me wrong, he's a good LB but not great. James Harrison is a great LB. He does it all, and does it all well. He's much more stout vs. the run, has a better pass rush, and is by far a much bigger force than Woodley. When Woodley was out there wasn't much difference in play in Worilds. So does Worilds belong at #63? Wood gets the benefit of never leaving the field.
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Meh, not really impressed with Woodley tbh. He can disappear for entire games, make the occasional sack when the QB runs into him, and often loops way too far around the tackle and leaves his running lane wide open. Don't get me wrong, he's a good LB but not great. James Harrison is a great LB. He does it all, and does it all well. He's much more stout vs. the run, has a better pass rush, and is by far a much bigger force than Woodley. When Woodley was out there wasn't much difference in play in Worilds. So does Worilds belong at #63? Wood gets the benefit of never leaving the field.
wow, simply no where near to being true. He's either lead, tied for or been within one or two sacks of the team lead annually. Meanwhile, he's held the strong-side edge on the number one rated rushing defense since he came into the leage.
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wow, simply no where near to being true. He's either lead, tied for or been within one or two sacks of the team lead annually. Meanwhile, he's held the strong-side edge on the number one rated rushing defense since he came into the leage.
Ok, well that's my opinion. So just because you hold a different one doesn't make yours true and mine not. He is adequate in run support but its not like he's a tackling machine either. Sacks are overrated as a stat imo. I'm looking at tackles, passes defended, qb pressures and everything else an olb is asked to do and he isn't at the top of any of those categories. Most of his sacks are coverage sacks where he had enough time to disengage from the blocker, he has one move at his disposal and that's a straight up bullrush. His wide looping attempts are very poor and almost always never work. Look at his stats if you want but I stand by my opinion that he can disappear from games. If you play the whole game you should have more than one tackle and an assist on average.
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I hope Woodley and Harrison have a healthy and productive year.
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Woodley has typically gotten off to slow starts and really turned it up as the postseason approaches. Last year obviously was a different story with his hamstring injury, but he still had 9 sacks while being more or less impotent for the second half of the season.
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Ok, well that's my opinion. So just because you hold a different one doesn't make yours true and mine not. He is adequate in run support but its not like he's a tackling machine either. Sacks are overrated as a stat imo. I'm looking at tackles, passes defended, qb pressures and everything else an olb is asked to do and he isn't at the top of any of those categories. Most of his sacks are coverage sacks where he had enough time to disengage from the blocker, he has one move at his disposal and that's a straight up bullrush. His wide looping attempts are very poor and almost always never work. Look at his stats if you want but I stand by my opinion that he can disappear from games. If you play the whole game you should have more than one tackle and an assist on average.
"where's waldo woodley" is what I call him many times - you are correct - he just disappears and takes until game 3 or 4 each season even to make his first appearance. would not be 63 on my top 100 - maybe 63 in LB's, but not the whole league
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