oakland sure didn't avoid timmons when they needed a crucial 3rd down to ice that win against us.
they went right at him.
But those three games were the best opportunity that we had to see what the D would look like with Timmons as the focal point. And during those games, he produced very little.
Do you really want to argue that Timmons played like a $10 million ILB to start the season?
His impact and play are comparable to the best MLB'ers in the game. His contract is also comparable to the best in the game.
He played as well as Navarro Bowman this year and Bowman received more guaranteed money on his deal. In case you didn't notice, Bowman had a pretty terrible Super Bowl. I'll take some sub par play at the beginning of the season rather than at the end of the season.
Your stuck on the first three games of the season because it is the only thread of an argument you can hang your hat on.
Lets ask Bouchette. Here he is talking about the underwhelming performances of some Steelers lb's is season:
"First, Lawrence Timmons must be excused from that discussion. Timmons had the best season of his six-year career, was the unofficial MVP of the defense and should have made his first Pro Bowl.
Playing the mack inside linebacker with more roaming duties, Timmons was dominant. He led the Steelers with 134 tackles, 20 more than buck inside linebacker Larry Foote, who was second (according to the coaches count). Timmons tied for the team lead with six sacks, led with three interceptions, had 19 quarterback pressures, forced two fumbles and recovered one.
Timmons was everything the Steelers asked him to be when they drafted him No. 1 in 2007. He's only 26 and he's under contract for the next four years."
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