Look at Cutler's big 13 yard run just after we had gained momentum. Both outside backers were closing in, Cutler steps up and there is a huge opening. He could have run any number of ways his options were that wide open. Aside from the two pass rushers there was absolutely zero traffic around the pocket. There have been many examples of that so far, this one came to mind right away as it was the play where he decided to go head long into Golden at the end of the play.
Most of the Steelers great OLBers initially made their mark on special teams, which Jones is doing. Jones needs to add more strength, but I think he has been fine so far and will continue to get better.
As for Timmons, I think you are giving him a compliment by describing him as average. He hasn't made an impact rushing the passer, in coverage or in the run game. But hey, for a former first round pick with a $10 million salary, what do you expect?
Chadman's point is well taken - Timmons is often being mauled by OGs who are free, since McClendon is easily blocked with one guy. But, shouldn't we expect Timmons to shed a block, just once? On almost every rushing TD this year, it seems like Timmons is getting blown backwards by a blocker.
Right now Dwyer should be the starting back so that he can stay in on 80-90% of pass plays to help with whoever gets past this sieve like OL. The other 10-20% he should leak out and get a quick screen to help slow down the rush.
I get what some are saying. But it really smacks of; blame the failings of one individual on others around him...
Can't have it both ways. Jones is not beating his man one-on-one. Same with Adams. Why not treat them alike?
However, this really isn't about what is really going on but about the 7 year "grudge" against Timmons. But why let facts get in the way of what fans "look and feel"
It's not a seven year grudge. Timmons has a huge contract. For the salary he is making, he should be in the all pro conversation annually. Remind me, how many pro bowls has he even made?
Tell me, how many times has he come up on a big stick on the goalline? Conversely, how many times has he been seen going backwards when a rushing TD is scored? How many times has he failed to get off a block while a RB gashes the middle?
A MLB who is being asked to drop into coverage to help the secondary because he has a unique skillset that allows him to run with an defend pass catchers.
I'm curious what percentage of tackles does Patrick Willis just happen to "stumble into" becasue he is a MLB? Posluzny? Sean Lee? Pretty much all the MLBs that everyone fawns over not named Timmons. Let's be honest, even after leading the team in tackles, sacks and INTs last year Timmons will never do enough for some fans to acknowledge he is a very good player and has been for us for awahile. There is a small group of fans who just never liked the pick and so they repost each other crticisms ad nauseum no matter what the facts prove to be true.