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10-18-2010, 01:53 AM
Steelers' D as good as advertised
October 18, 2010 01:20 AM

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PITTSBURGH - If you think the Steelers' defense played extra hard during the first month of the season to make up for their suspended quarterback, you're wrong.

If you think they tried to carry the team on their shoulders until Ben Roethlisberger returned from his suspension, you're half wrong.

Sure, the defense tried to carry the team on its shoulders, but it had nothing to do with Roethlisberger's suspension.

It's just what they do.

You need proof, ask Cleveland's Josh Cribbs or Mohamed Massaquoi.

The point is this: If the Steelers defense had worked extra hard or done more than they normally would have done during Roethlisberger's suspension, then Sunday's game would have shown visible evidence of some sort of letdown or let up or easing off the pedal, even if just a little bit.

Did you see any of that at any point during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Browns?

Neither did I.

What I saw was a unit determined to keep its opponent from challenging.

Oh, the Browns made a few plays. In fact, Cleveland amassed 328 yards against this Steelers defense.

But ask yourself this: Was there a time during the game when you didn't think Pittsburgh was in control?

Even after the Browns converted a Roethlisberger interception into a 3-0 lead, nobody thought the Browns could challenge, let alone threaten the Steelers. Once Roethlisberger passed to Mike Wallace for the go-ahead touchdown on Pittsburgh's next possession, who didn't know this thing was over?

This defense, which has the potential to be one of the best in the Steelers' illustrious defensive history, simply does what it does, regardless of who's playing quarterback for either offense. They go all out, all the time.

James Harrison delivered the blows that took out Cribbs first, then Massaquoi. He didn't apologize for either one, for good reason.

"Legal hits, not fineable hits," was how coach Mike Tomlin worded it. "He's a good football player. James is always ready to deliver for his teammates."

"He's a beast," Hines Ward said. "He's a man on a mission. He sets the tempo for everybody else."

There were a few moments just after each of those hits that Harrison was taken aback. When trainers came running from both sidelines, Harrison was concerned. When he saw both players walk off the field, he felt somewhat better.

"You don't want to see anybody get injured," Harrison said. "I'm not opposed to people being hurt, though. There's a difference. It wasn't our plan to take anybody out of the game. Our plan was to beat them."

Just like it is every week, regardless of the opponent and, yes, regardless of who's playing quarterback.

Sports editor Mike Ciarochi may be reached at mciarochi@heraldstandard.com.

10-18-2010, 01:57 AM
Timmons relishes his role
October 18, 2010 01:20 AM
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PITTSBURGH - James Harrison had a mob of reporters around his locker following the Steelers' 28-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, and for good reason.

Harrison's punishing - and legal - hits, according to Mike Tomlin, knocked two of the best Cleveland Browns out of the game for good.

The mob around Harrison, though, didn't prevent the linebacker from eyeballing the only person standing around his next-door-neighbor's locker.

"Say hello to Uncle James," Lawrence Timmons told his young son.

"Hello James!" shouted the little guy.

Harrison melted and toyed with the boy before getting back to his questioners.

For Timmons, who had just as many tackles as Harrison, a half sack more, and an interception, the low profile suits him just fine.

"We're a team defense," he said. "I'm not really worried about individual stuff. I'm just trying to help the team out as much as I can."

Timmons is helping the team out more this season than at any point in his four-year career. His 11 tackles Sunday give him 73 for the season, or 32 more than team runner-up James Farrior.

In fact, Timmons went into the game trailing the NFL leader by five tackles, even though he played in one less game.

"He's been great all season," said Farrior. "He's really been outstanding - a big hitter, a lot of big splash plays. I said at the beginning of the season I could tell it's his time. He's really come a long way. I think he's evolved into one of the elite linebackers in the league."

Timmons made his presence felt early Sunday. On Cleveland's second possession, after advancing to the Pittsburgh 23, Timmons sacked Colt McCoy for a 7-yard loss to force the Browns to kick a field goal.

His second sack, on the Browns' first possession of the second half, forced a punt after the Browns had advanced to the Pittsburgh 37.

Just as importantly was Timmons' play in coverage, as well as his play at the point of attack against brutish Browns tailback Peyton Hillis. Twice Timmons met the 240-pounder in the hole and stopped him for no gain. He was a key factor in holding Hillis to 41 yards rushing.

Not all was perfect, though. Timmons made a mistake in the fourth quarter that cost the Steelers seven points.

While covering tight end Ben Watson in the end zone, Timmons left the man to pursue a scrambling McCoy, who then flipped it to the wide-open Watson for the Browns' only touchdown.

"I thought he broke the line of scrimmage but he didn't," said Timmons. "I put us in a bad situation there and that's something I never do."

"We all make mistakes," said Farrior. "You're never going to have a perfect game. I'm sure he's upset about it. He made enough plays to make up for it."

Timmons, in fact, made up for it the next time the Browns had the ball. Ryan Mundy read a play, which he said, "they had been running over and over." But while Mundy broke perfectly on the ball, he didn't intercept it. He instead deflected it to Timmons, who did intercept it.

Just before the play, Timmons received some advice from both Tomlin and coordinator Dick LeBeau.

"They just always give me tips before the play," Timmons said. "They just make sure I'm always aware."

Timmons was aware, as is the rest of the NFL, which is beginning to pay more attention to one of the top young linebackers in the game.

10-18-2010, 08:58 AM
Timmons - 73 tackles in 5 game. :shock:

10-18-2010, 09:48 AM
Timmons - 73 tackles in 5 game. :shock:

An even more astounding :shock: is 234 for 16 games.


10-18-2010, 10:28 AM
Wow....73 tackles through 5 games??? That is flippin' amazing!!! That kid is going to be All-Pro this year for sure!!!


10-18-2010, 10:51 AM
Timmons - 73 tackles in 5 game. :shock:

he is an inside LB... big deal :roll:


10-18-2010, 12:41 PM
Where is he getting 73 tackles from?

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