Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/6/13
The Pittsburgh Steelers have throughout their history had many dominating linebackers. Now the Steelers are going to be without one of the better linebackers to play for the Steelers this season, James Harrison. While the Steelers have drafted their replacement in Jarvis Jones for the Steelers defense to get back to the top of the NFL one player for the Steelers really needs to step up and that is Lamarr Woodley. The Steelers pass rush ranked in the bottom half of the league after multiple seasons of being one of the best in the league for years. The Steelers ranked up only 37 sacks last season, and Lamarr Woodley accounted for only four of them. The linebacker was called out a couple times last season for being “out of shape.” Woodley had the worst season of his career last year after signing a contract extension with the Steelers. He has all the tools to be a perennial pro bowler in the NFL. Woodley saw his best season in 2009 and he recorded 13.5 sacks and had a forced fumble, he also has had nine or more sacks in each of his seasons before last. Woodley is a major part of the Steelers pass rush and when he plays well the defense is that much better. This year he is going to be the number one guy in the linebacker corps and this season he needs to play like it. When Woodley is playing good the Steelers pass rush is good and when the Steelers pass rush is good then the defense as a whole is one of the best in the league.

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