LeBeau Says Worilds Played Well Against Eagles

The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau had some encouraging words on Tuesday about outside linebacker Jason Worilds.

“I thought he played well, said LeBeau, when asked about the play of Worilds against the Eagles. Jason played pretty good last year and he grew tremendously but you know he missed so much football with that injury, and that’s nobody’s fault that just the way it is. I though that he looked closer to what he was last year, last week. And again there\’s some of those young guys we’re looking to continue to grow and really contribute. I thought Jason played a good football game last week.”

Worilds, who has battled several injuries since the Steelers drafted him in the second round of the 2010 draft, will likely make his 8th career start Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans as starter LaMarr Woodley is certain to miss the game with a mild hamstring strain suffered Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Virginia Tech product missed the entire offseason program, in addition to the preseason, as he recovered from offseason wrist surgery, but he has dressed and played in the Steelers first four games this season.

In those four games Worilds has logged 115 snaps and has combined to make 10 tackles to go along with 2 sacks. He also has been credited with 1 pass defensed as well.

The Steelers defense has done a great job over the years at bottling up Titans running back Chris Johnson, who is struggling so far this season. Worilds will be relied upon heavily to contain the left outside edge against the speedy running back and hopefully LeBeau has more reason to praise him next week.

  • SteelerDave

    I know many have expected more out of Worlids but as for myself, I continue to see a young player develop into an above average LB for us for years to come. I will be bold and state that if Worlids would start and play 90% of the defensive snaps that he would have a 10 sack season and all doubts about his ability would be forgotten. The young man can play and although he may not be the hard hitter Harrison is, he can be the man in the years ahead.

  • JohnnyV1

    Is it just me, or does Worilds look at little heavy (aka fat)? Maybe the wrist injury kept him from hitting the gym? I’m glad he’s producing. Heck, Jerome Bettis wasn’t super slim but he was awesome, same for Levon Kirkland. If that’s how Jason plays well, so be it.

  • SteelSpine

    And boy did we need Worlids to step up as well as he did that game. I think Worilds contract is up after this year (I forget), it that’s the case, playing for a contract & Steelers have a decision to make on him next offseason. If he continues to play well, will be interesting to see which LB position they have in mind for him next year.

  • Buccos9

    I’m much happier with the way Dick Lebeau had his defense play against the Eagles – aggressively. He let Timmons rush the QB a lot instead of spending too much time in pass coverage, and he brought extra men to get pressure. I hope he keeps it up. It was great to read articles today quoting players and coach Lebeau saying they have to be smarter about disguising their coverages pre-snap. It’s so refreshing to hear them admit that this is a problem that they are trying to fix instead of having them hide their heads in the sand and say they just need to execute better. Despite the injuries to Polamalu and Woodley, I am starting to feel more confident about this defense.