Originally posted on Steelers Depot  |  Last updated 9/29/13
By Matthew Marczi There is no question that, since he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 207 NFL Draft, inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons has slowly become an integral piece in Dick LeBeau’s defensive arsenal. He has arguably been the team’s best defensive player over the course of the past three seasons. Much of his success has been predicated upon being unburdened with the setting and play-calling responsibilities that go along with playing the Buck linebacker position, and he has been aided greatly by being paired with experienced and knowledgeable running mates such as James Farrior and Larry Foote. This year, however, he is left with neither, as Foote sustained a season-ending injury in the opening game. As a result of the loss of one of the team’s key linebackers, LeBeau has resorted to utilizing the rarely seen quarter defensive package, which deploys six defensive backs in a three-safety look. In this sub-package, the Steelers morph into a 5-ma...
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