October 9, 2008

Respect The Wood...


First...that's what she said. Now that that's out of the way...

Here's some news for ya - Fox Sports' Alex Marvez clearly has as big of a hard on for LaMarr Woodley as I do...because he wrote this column about 32 "emerging players," and from the sounds of it, The Wood seemed to have served as his inspiration.

I won't bore you with the details, but Marvez does mention The Wood's 5.5 sacks so far, which rank him 3rd in the league, behind only Silverback and John Abraham (he's tied with who else, but J Peezy!). Not too shabby. But then, he calls into question Woodley's coverage skills. Now, I don't know about all that, but I will fully embrace the idea that The Wood is one of the NFL's brightest young stars.

So two questions for you this morning...

1. Who was the last Steelers LB to have this big of an impact, this quickly?

AND...

2. Et tu, Timmons?

2 comments:

notgomu said...

I guess I would have to go with Kendrell Bell, who as a rookie was a real force for this defense. He was voted 2001 NFL defensive player of the year. He had 71 tackles and 9.0 sacks in that rookie season. Of course after that, he became injured missing a few games in 2002 and most of the 2004 season, and he never seemed to regain the same form. But you didn't ask what happened later, you just asked who made a big impact that early in their career. I thought about going with Joey Porter, but he was drafted 2 years earlier than Bell. And then I also thought about Greg Lloyd, but lets not get ahead of ourselves + he was hurt the first 2 seasons he played.

domski43 said...

agree w/ notgomu = kendrell bell made a huge impact in his first few years. The dude flew around the field. Its too bad things went down hill for him so quickly.

When a team has a dominant pass rusher offensive coordinators can make adjustments to roll protection over to that side, but with two dominant pass rushers in Harrison and Woodle, offensive lines/coordinators have to pick their poison. Also, too much focus on outside protection will open up opportunites for A. Smith, Hampton, and Kiesel to get more one on one situtations, which will turn into more sacks.

The Steelers defense has a great thing going.