Under those circumtances (lots of new guys starting), I would MUCH rather have a 10-year veteran working in their midst than a 6th rounder.
Vince Williams has shown a bit as a rookie 6th rounder. He's not a complete player at the point, but he's not disgraceful either. Add to the the struggles of the DL & he has excuses for his miscues.
Larry Foote made a career out of making the best of what ability he had. Not sure why there is so much venom against him. He was given the oportunity to leave for Detroit because the Steelers wanted Timmons on the field. Foote is a starter quality player, and the Steelers gave him an opportunity to find a place to start.
Steelers ILB in a zone blitz D will only ever be as good as the 3 DL let them be. Timmons is having a 'down' year, if you like. No coincidence it comes when the DL can't hold the blockers at bay.
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Steelers 2015 Draft???....Go Freak! As in....
1-Bernardrick McKinney MLB Mississippi State 6 ft 5 250 4.5 40 yard dash
In his rookie year, Larry Foote started a playoff game for us.
Why? The same reason Vince Williams is starting now: injuries...
Vince Williams has so far played one game at an acceptable level. He was awful earlier this year. Hopefully he'll keep developing, but I'd like to see a second game where he is not a liability before annointing him as the solution.
Foote was not great, but he was steady. Not everybody on your team can be a star, and Foote certainly was not a star, but he was a steady guy who played a role on a lot of very good defenses.
Williams has shown impressive closing burst. He has the speed to compete at this level. His level of play increases with his experience. That is a very good sign. I think he is an offseason weight room program and 11 starts away from erasing the "6th round" pick label. If Spence does beat the odds & can return to form...The Steelers look very deep inside.
The "Optimistic" Offseason:
Taylor, Polamalu, Keisel, & Harrison - Retire
Cortez Allen & Shamarko Thomas - Steelers Believe They Are Starters
Cut - C Thomas & L Moore
Re-Sign Blake, McCain, Golden, W Johnson, & Moats
Re-Sign Worilds ($6 Mil Avg) OR Sign Derrick Morgan/Jabaal Sheard/Brandon Graham/Pernell McPhee
1st Danny Shelton NT
2nd Eli Harold OLB
3rd Jacoby Glenn CB
4th Jesse James TE
5th Matt Jones RB
6a James Sample S
6b Ray Drew DE
7th Kaelin Clay WR
Because to me, it doesn't add up.