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01-28-2011, 01:46 AM
Steelers' Timmons is truly an impact player
Friday, January 28, 2011
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Lawrence Timmons seems to have gotten this linebacker business down to a science. His strategy is simple: If you wear the wrong color jersey, he's going to hit you hard and have fun doing so.

Timmons has never enjoyed the game as much as he has this season.

"I was having fun before, but I was learning," said Timmons, who will arrive at Super Bowl XLV as the Steelers' leading tackler. "When you're learning, you're not really having fun because you're not really killing it. The game is really easy for me now. The coaches have made it so easy. Before, I was thinking a lot. Now, it's just reacting, and it's just showing on the field so much."

After leading the team in tackles in the regular season, Timmons posted a game-high 10 against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game. He was all over the field, dropping back to defend the pass and coming up to stop the run.

"We all knew he had talent. We all knew he had great athletic ability," fellow inside linebacker James Farrior said. "It's just him learning the defense and putting it all together. This year, he made that next step. He's having fun with the defense. He understands everything. When you play linebacker with the Steelers and know what you're doing, it's really a lot of fun."

There's that word again.

It took Timmons' three years to absorb Dick LeBeau's defense. It took time for him to feel comfortable and even more time for him to let his personality become an integral part of the defense.

Now in his fourth season, Timmons' game is a combination of the best of Farrior's ability to stop the run and the gift of sacking the quarterback shown by outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.

What Timmons does better than any of them is drop back in pass coverage. He may be the Steelers' best all-around linebacker even though he's probably the least publicized.

"I've definitely been impressed with his pass coverage skills, but I like him more as a run stopper," Farrior said. "Being inside with me, he sticks his face in there and doesn't shy away from contact. He's one of the hardest hitters we've got."

Timmons, a Florida State product and coach Mike Tomlin's first draft pick in 2007, is only too happy to share the spotlight if it results in the Steelers winning another Super Bowl.

"Everybody has their own style," he said. "I'm more of a laid-back guy. James is a more serious, sarcastic, funny guy. (Farrior) is the rah-rah guy. But we don't have a nickname not yet.''

If the linebackers contribute to another Super Bowl title, they can call themselves anything they want.

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01-28-2011, 09:38 AM
Never a doubt!!!!!!