As the whirlwind of activity stirs up in Steelerville, the euphoria of a new season begins to take hold. Grown men and women digress to the state of a 5 year old child at bedtime on Christmas Eve night. Wondering what free agents will be in our stockings and what future draft prospects will be wrapped and under our tree. As we lay in our bed's, we play Steeler's GM until we drift off to sleep. The 2014 season started with a bang as Jason Worilds was designated with the transition tag and signed immediately. Ending much speculation that began with the end of the 2013 season. The debate quickly turned to keep or cut Woodley. Later we got news that Larry Foote had been cut. As these things transpired over a 24 hour period speculation began to abound. Fan's every where began to critique Williams and Wilson. Who is better, will they platoon or better yet does the front office know something about Spence that we do not. The only thing that came to my mind was 2007-2008. As I read all the comments only one person raised the most obvious question. SurrySteeler asked could this mean JJ will be moved to ILB ? The response was swift:
"Even if Jones could play ILB well, and that is a big if, it wouldn’t be smart to force him to change positions after he’s just now starting to learn what being a Steeler OLB is all about. That’s the position he excelled at in college, that’s the position he played in his rookie year, and that’s the position he needs to keep on playing until the day he reties from a HoF career."by Riddlah. on Mar 5, 2014 | 5:53 PM up reply
Ironically this response completely contradicts the brilliant move of Mike Tomlin and Dick LeBeau during the off-season between 2007 and 2008. Just like Jarvis Jones (1-17) Lawrence Timmons was drafted at 1-15. He spent his entire collegiate career at OLB.Timmons was considered one of the best OLB in the draft. On draft day after announcing our pick; Timmons was heralded as the next Joey Porter. After a rookie season in which Timmons saw very little time on the field, looking lackluster at best. Tomlin and LeBeau made the decision during the off season to move Timmons to ILB. As a backup to James Farrior; Timmons began to see more and more playing time and blossomed during the second half of the season into what we see today. Arguably one of the best ILB's in the NFL. Farrior asked to be let go and the rest was history. It is actually VERY common for OLB's to be moved inside. Timmons showed no ill affects to being moved inside. In fact he mastered it immediately. To me it is blatantly obvious what the intention of the FO is following these move's. Although solid back-ups Spence, Williams, and Wilson are not in the same league as Jones. Obviously if the Steelers were targeting Mosely at 1-15 they would have kept Foote to mentor him. This also supports Colbert's comment to ESPN that "the Steelers rebuilding is unacceptable." It seems to me that the staff reached into their bag of old tricks and may have made the biggest impact move since the Bettis trade and no one noticed. If this is their plan the Steelers now have arguably the best LB corps in the NFL. Worilds--Timmons--Jones--Woodley. Now that is something to get exited about; obviously.