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    Woodley Looking to Take the Lead

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    Woodley looking to take the lead
    Thursday, May 15, 2008

    By Teresa Varley
    Steelers.com

    All around him rookies were being paraded in and out of the Steelers offices, from the training room, to the locker room to the weight room, just getting a feel of the lay of the land during their first visit to Pittsburgh as a member of the black and gold.

    Linebacker LaMarr Woodley just kind of smiled, knowing what it was like for him a year ago when he was one of those rookies, his head spinning with so much new stuff being thrown at him.

    He is happy to have a year under his belt, happy to know the ropes a little more now. But that doesn’t mean he can sit back and relax.

    “It’s nicer now, not being a rookie out there on the field not knowing what you are doing,” said Woodley. “But now I have to be a leader. You have other guys behind you now. We have some young guys who were drafted at our position and we lost a few guys that were here for a while at our position. I need to step up and be a leader now.”

    Even though he is only in his second season, and there are veterans such as James Farrior, Larry Foote and James Harrison at the linebacker position, Woodley is confident he can take on that leadership role.

    “Young guys can be leaders by being vocal and going out there and doing what they have to do on the football field,” said Woodley. “You also have to be a leader off the field. I think that is me. Over my years playing football that is the type of guy I was. I was a leader on and off the field.”

    With the departure of Clark Haggans via free agency Woodley doesn’t just have a leadership role he wants to step into, he would like nothing more than to win the starting outside linebacker spot that Haggans held.

    “I am definitely competing for the position; that is the first goal,” said Woodley. “I want to come out of OTA’s as the starter going in to camp and after that go in to the season as a starter. Then it’s about helping this team win and get to where we need to be.”

    He has been preparing himself for that battle since last season ended, starting to work out just a little over a week after the team was eliminated from the playoffs.

    “I feel like I didn’t play many snaps anyway so my body wasn’t worn down,” said Woodley. “I was building up to get ready for this season right away. That was pretty much my whole offseason. I didn’t travel much. I just stayed home with the family and worked out.”

    He hopes that it pays off. He played in 13 games last year with 13 tackles and four sacks. It was a just a taste and he is ready to go full force to become a starter.

    “I had a little game experience so I know what to expect,” said Woodley. “I had a few plays here and there, but now if you go in to the games as a starter you are going to play more and you have to be in better shape.”
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    Re: Woodley Looking to Take the Lead

    This is the type of article that gets me excited for the season! Our LB group has the potential to be very dominant this season! Can't wait for Blitzburgh to come back this year instead of seeing our Safeties and Corners blitzing and get stone walled by pussy RBs. That was extremely annoying. We need a pass rush like the 90s and we may just have the talent again. Go Steelers!
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    As long as the D-line can get the job done, our LBs' will be dominant. But it still all starts up front... The injury to Smith last season exposed the weakness of depth, and possibly age... But if they produce, the success will be spread throughout the LBs and DBs as well.

    Not that it was the greatest of examples, but the last few seasons the Bengals have had problems on the line, and the guys behing them had to try to pick-up the slack, and the entire unit suffered... Now I am in NO WAY comparing that unit to ours. Just the effect of an "up front" pressence, that's all...

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    Re: Woodley Looking to Take the Lead

    Quote Originally Posted by costanza2k1
    This is the type of article that gets me excited for the season! Our LB group has the potential to be very dominant this season! Can't wait for Blitzburgh to come back this year instead of seeing our Safeties and Corners blitzing and get stone walled by pussy RBs. That was extremely annoying. We need a pass rush like the 90s and we may just have the talent again. Go Steelers!
    That's something that was really troublesome about our defense. Every time someone came crashing up the middle and I thought the QB would get killed, the blitz was picked up.

    Usually it was a good pick up by the opposing team, but I'd like to see someone plow through that and still get to the QB.

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    Re: Woodley Looking to Take the Lead

    Now that's the kind of attitude I really appreciate in a player. The job at LOLB is without a doubt his to lose and he's got the mind-set of competing for it. He's not talking about the expectations of starting, but fighting for a job and setting an example on and off the field.

    It looks like we struck gold in more ways than one.

    I know it's not a rational way to project his potential production as a starter, but if we gave him an average of ten snaps in those thirteen games and calculated his sack production per snap, it would come out to one sack every 32.5 plays. Assuming that he averages 60 plays a game as a starter (and starts all 16 games), if he were to maintain that same ratio, he would have 29.5 sacks in 2008.


    jhansle, you have your filter on a little to tight there brother. The word "assuming" was just altered to "bad word".



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    Re: Woodley Looking to Take the Lead

    As a fan I keep forgetting Woodely was our second round pick. Where in the world is Timmons? It's hard not to start thinking of him as a bust.

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    Re: Woodley Looking to Take the Lead

    Quote Originally Posted by LasVegasGuy
    As a fan I keep forgetting Woodely was our second round pick. Where in the world is Timmons? It's hard not to start thinking of him as a bust.
    Well I guess it didn't take long for a Timmons=bust comment.

    C'mon man, give the kid a break. I love the move inside and think he's got the potential to be explosive for our inside blitz packages plus he's a three-down linebacker who looks like he can stay with any TE or RB in the league.

    Let's see what he can do when given the opportunity to compete with Foote befor we go labeling him or considering him a bust. I hated the pick by the way, so I'm not trying to defend any original stance with him.



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    Re: Woodley Looking to Take the Lead

    I personally did not care for the Timmons pick either.... But I do know that the Steelers predominantly do not start too many rookies... I am approaching the coming season with an open mind about him. But I do want to see some production.

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    Re: Woodley Looking to Take the Lead

    Quote Originally Posted by Flasteel
    Quote Originally Posted by LasVegasGuy
    As a fan I keep forgetting Woodely was our second round pick. Where in the world is Timmons? It's hard not to start thinking of him as a bust.
    Well I guess it didn't take long for a Timmons=bust comment.

    C'mon man, give the kid a break. I love the move inside and think he's got the potential to be explosive for our inside blitz packages plus he's a three-down linebacker who looks like he can stay with any TE or RB in the league.

    Let's see what he can do when given the opportunity to compete with Foote befor we go labeling him or considering him a bust. I hated the pick by the way, so I'm not trying to defend any original stance with him.

    I didn't technically label him a bust but I am starting to think he might be one. I see progression coming from Woodely while Timmons seems to be just standing around. I guess we will know by the end of this season what the future holds for Timmons.

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    I don't know about calling Timmons a bust unless he continuously shows signs of suckage like Alonzo Jackson and inconsistency like Nate. He as my support even more now since he's the underdog, once he displays signs of bust I'm ready to join the league and put him into the all time suck team. Until then, go Timmons!
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