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The Woodley Worilds Carrousel

According to a Dave Bryan report on Steelers Depot, Tomlin may be open to moving Lamarr Woodley and Jason Worilds around to get the most out of their pass-rushing abilities. Worilds has been solid the past couple weeks and looked even better from the left side against right tackles. Now, I don't know whether that means the two will be switching sides all together, or just on passing-downs, or only in certain packages, or what. This is an interesting concept since Woodley has spent his entire career at the left outside linebacker position.

I know that Keith Butler mentioned in the preseason that Woodley will only play the left outside linebacker position because most of their opponents predominantly run to the offensive right side (the defensive left side). A lot of defenses shift their players so that specific players play the strong side and others on the weak side. Since Woodley is a better OLB at setting the edge, it's possible that he can play on the formations strong side, whether that be the left or right side. He can do this on run downs but also switch to ROLB on passing downs. There are a lot of options.

If Butler and Lebeau want Woodley to remain on the defensive left side during run plays, then Woodley and Worilds can switch on passing downs. This would put Worilds on the right tackle and possibly a tight end, although tight ends are more often than not running routes instead of blocking. The right tackle is the lesser of the two tackles in pass protecting (or should be) and this should give Worilds a better chance at getting to the QB. Woodley should still be able to create pressure against left tackles, however, I am still interested in seeing him against a top left tackle.

It will be interesting to see what Lebeau and co. come up with.

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