Dick LeBeau Says Jarvis Jones \”Has It\” And They Intend To Let Him \”Use It\”

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was interviewed Monday by 93.7 The Fan and was asked to critique the play Saturday of rookies Jarvis Jones and Shamarko Thomas in the preseason opener against the New York Giants.

“We’re pleased with what we’ve seen so far,” LeBeau said about his young draft picks. “I thought they both did fine for the opening game. We obviously like them or we wouldn’t have drafted them. I think that they have an opportunity to be good NFL players, and we’ll see where they take that opportunity.”

LeBeau was then asked to comment specifically on Jones, and whether or not he will be used on defense as a rookie to get after the passer.

“No doubt, no doubt,” said LeBeau. “He has it and we intend to let him use it.”

Just because LeBeau intends on using Jones as a rookie, doesn\’t mean he has given up on fourth-year linebacker Jason Worilds, however.

“I like Jason. He\’s an aggressive guy,” said LeBeau. “We drafted him because of his upfield speed. Through no fault of his, there was the lockout his first year, so he missed that whole year offseason and he did have the hand injury that hurt him in last year\’s training camp.

“This was really just his first full training camp that he could really begin to get his teeth into the defense, and I think injury wise he\’s very sound now. He\’s completely heeled, and I thought he played well in the first game, and I\’ve been pleased with what I\’ve seen from him. We\’re going to need those young guys to grow and give us the outside presence in our defense.”

At the conclusion of every season, a large group of the fan base insists that LeBeau retire. He was asked yet again on Monday if he thinks 2013 will be his final season, and his response was one that will likely make that large portion of delusional‎ fans upset.

“I just go one year at a time,” he said. “I feel great. They still want me to do it, and the defense is productive. As long as those conditions exist, and I don’t feel like I’m holding them back, I love what I do, I love these guys, I love the Steelers. Whenever the day comes, it’s going to be a tough one, so I just assume hold it off for a while.”

  • sean mcmartin

    Looks like a winner on the 1st round draft . Lebeau has spoken..That’s some positive news..doubt he starts without having a bullrush move. Sounds like more weight lifting is required for JJ.

  • dgh57

    Paragraph 2 says it all and I agree with what the HOFer had to say as he’s the expert on evaluating talent.

  • 2443scott

    sure sounded like lebeau was saying even tho jason been a steeler for a few years hes more or less a rookie still him self he cant let up or jarvis will take over

  • Brian Miller

    How stupid do you have to be as a Steeler’s fan to say something like Dick Lebeau needs to retire? SMH…

  • TJimmy

    Why on earth would anyone want Lebeau to retire? He consistently puts together top rated defenses.

  • Madi

    “ya sure thu stats say we r number 1 defens evry yeer but u no we rnt rilly thu best!!! DLB canot ajust to chainges in da game hes to old and we aloud a tuchdown in like almost evry game lastyeer!!1”

    ^^The delusional fans. He’s right, there are millions of them. It’s embarrassing.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    its funny cause I hear it every year yet he still produces a good defense. In my book he stays as long as he wants.

  • Patrick

    There is a certain LB coach who has to be getting antsy

  • steeltown

    They gave Butler a hefty new contract at the beginning of 2012 to keep him here till that time comes.. enough so he turned down BIG money and DCoord position in Indy

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Do I get frustrated with our defense at times? Hell yeah I do. (See: Titans and Raiders games in 2012.) But do I want to trade place with any of the 25 other franchises who flounder on defense? Hell NO!! Lake was (in my opinion) the extra missing piece to making the LeBeau Steelers defense more complete in a pass-happy league. It’s never going to be perfect, but it’s pretty damn good.

    Now, the offense? Well, I think we’ll all be watching that more closely in 2013.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    that is hard to read, gotta go get my kid to help me out.

  • mlc43

    Wow. I think I translated this correctly and all I can say is…pffffft!!!! They ranked 1st in Total Yards Allowed and 6th in points allowed. Throw out the Yards Allowed if you want but you can’t argue with the points allowed. Seriously, no, we weren’t the best, just one of the best.

  • charles

    Man, you said it pretty well. I would add that I am real happy to see LeBeau add this edge rush concept. We need to use our DEs for a little more than blocking dummies. I am one of those who have cursed LeBeau when he put Harrison on the Titan TE on the last series of thatgame last year. Hasselback had easy pickings. Sometimes LeBeau seems to remove the raw player and install his robocopy. But, I would not trade him for any other DC in the world.

  • profbillster

    Here Here!!!!

  • profbillster

    Or is that “hear hear?” Lol!

  • sgtrobo

    what did I just read?