Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 2/24/13
For the Steelers’ defense, the rubber has always met the road with the play of the linebackers. There is a great, grand tradition of linebacker play in the Steel City, dating back to Jack Lambert and Jack Ham; through Levon Kirkland, Greg Lloyd, and Kevin Greene; to Joey Porter and James Harrison. Linebacker play has been the heart and soul of the Steelers’ defense. Lawrence Timmons and James Harrison tied for the team lead with six sacks each, but the team was T15 in the league for sacks with 37. That’s not exactly the production you are looking for from a former Defensive Player of the Year and from a guy who signed a $50 million deal just two years ago. Lamarr Woodley under-performed badly in 2012, tallying only four sacks in 13 games. (To be fair, Harrison missed three games, too, but there is no denying his production is down.) Jason Worilds contributed five sacks, but there has been precious little production out of any of the younger guys in the linebacking corps. I suspect J...
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