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Oviedo
03-28-2011, 12:26 PM
Not bad comments on Timmons given he was assessed as a "bust" years ago :stirpot



2010 Steelers: What the Film Revealed
By ANDY BENOIT


While we wonder whether there will be a 2011 season, this is part of a series looking back at the 2010 season, with the benefit of film analysis. This week, we look at the A.F.C. North:

Offense

Ben Roethlisberger was the key. He and Michael Vick are the league’s only quarterbacks capable of consistently making a positive play when the defensive concept defeats the offensive concept (think of all the times you’ve seen Roethlisberger throw darts with defenders draped all over him). Roethlisberger’s receiving corps will be good for a long time. Mike Wallace emerged as a top-five-caliber wideout. Lankiness and long strides give him the league’s most punishing combination of speed and acceleration. The rookie Emmanuel Sanders, a quick receiver out of S.M.U., was Roethlisberger’s favorite target in spread formations by season’s end. Rashard Mendenhall proved a dangerous finesse runner who can also break tackles. It’s impressive that all these Steelers succeeded despite operating behind an offensive line that featured just two quality starters: C Maurkice Pouncey and LG Chris Kemoeatu (both mobile, astute run-blockers).

Defense

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that everyone on Dick LeBeau’s defense was a star in 2010 except CB Bryant McFadden and DE Ziggy Hood. (For what it’s worth, McFadden was a decent starter; Hood had trouble anchoring and must improve his agility.) When Troy Polamalu was healthy, it was almost as if the Steelers were playing 12 on 11. Polamalu could freelance because the other 10 guys around him were rock solid. CB Ike Taylor was especially underappreciated.

Pittsburgh’s most important player might have been NT Casey Hampton. He was the primary reason teams couldn’t run against this front seven. Great as LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison were, it was inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons who really stood out. Timmons was the most dominant interior blitzer in football last season, and perhaps the league’s most athletic linebacker.

Myth Buster

3-4 defensive ends are just run anchors

For most teams, this is true. But for the Steelers, the defensive end position is where favorable defensive mismatches in the run game are created. Brett Keisel’s agility, more than his power, makes him a force. (This is also true for Aaron Smith…when he’s healthy.) Keisel creates congestion along the line of scrimmage primarily through lateral movement and penetration. Having this kind of mobility at defensive end gives LeBeau more variations in his scheme.

Something Positive

James Farrior was the fourth-best linebacker on the Steelers in 2010, but he would have been the best linebacker on several other teams. At age 36, Farrior continued to play at a breakneck pace. He may have been the best in the business at attacking blocks (notice it’s “attacking blocks”, not “taking on blocks”). His sharp instincts, as usual, allowed him to simplify his job.

Andy Benoit is the founder of NFLTouchdown.com and a writer for the CBSSports.com Eye on Football blog

steelblood
03-28-2011, 01:40 PM
I don't remember anyone calling Timmons a bust after the 2009 season. Now after the 2007 season, there were plenty. But, really, who cares? Dead horses and such.

Flasteel
03-28-2011, 10:49 PM
What's up with him calling out Hood? I never once heard issues about him anchoring. We played better against the run than any Steelers defense in history. You can't do that if one of your 3-4 ends are light in the loafers.

Timmons started out a beast but didn't seem to make as many splash plays down the stretch.