Steelers Al Woods Gets First Team Nose Tackle Reps On Monday

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon was excused from practice Monday for personal reasons, according to head coach Mike Tomlin, so defensive end Al Woods received first team reps in his absence.

Tomlin was asked about that move following practice.

“One man\’s misfortune or circumstance creates opportunity for others,” said Tomlin. “Hopefully those guys will utilize that opportunity for good. Particularly in the case of Al Woods. Here\’s a guy that\’s been working at end – we\’ve had some short lines outside due to injury and so forth. We\’ve got Nick Williams back and it provides us the flexibility to move him inside and show what he\’s capable of there. He\’s a big-bodied guy, he\’s performed well – we want him to add value to his cause and ours by showing position flexibility.”

Woods had a great showing Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants as he recorded a team-high nine tackles in the game to go along with a sack. Despite his solid showing, however, Woods said defensive line coach John Mitchell will be the ultimate judge of just how well he played.

“No, not yet, we still got to watch the film,” said Woods, when asked if Mitchell has said anything to him yet about his play. “Coach Mitch is a real good guy and he\’s a real technique kind of guy, so I might have had a good game, but I might have had bad technique. So where just going to have to watch the film and see.”

Woods has worked quite a bit at nose tackle throughout the offseason, so it\’s not a surprise that he worked there Monday with McLendon absent. With Nick Williams back practicing again, it will be interesting to see if Woods receives work on the nose next Monday when the Steelers take on the Washington Redskins in their second preseason game.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    DL be prepared cause Woods is gunning for everyones spot. LOL

  • Matthew Marczi

    They’ll be playing a 1-5-5 scheme soon.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    With all due respect to Coach Mitch regarding the importance of technique and process, the results are what ultimately matters.

  • Gautama Om

    True but one should always strive for perfection. As soon as you stop striving to improve then you lose your edge to “lesser” opponents. It should never be “good enough”.

  • cencalsteeler

    ha ha!

  • Steve

    Hopefully Big MAC is ok and this nothing serious.

  • AndyR34

    With all due respect, does it matter if you are getting “results” vs. 2nd & 3rd teamers as opposed to starters? Let’s hold the accolades until he performs when it counts. I do hope he can show up that well if called upon to fill in for ‘Big Mac’.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    LOL…there were a few times in the game where no defensive personal had a hand in the ground.

  • cencalsteeler

    I believe he’s expecting a baby.

  • Mike.H

    4th and 37… engage 0-2-9 & bat it down.

  • Steve

    I can’t believe he’s pregnant and playing too (HA HA HA)!

  • SteelersDepot

    You people have been bringing the funny lately.

  • johnhoien

    Al woods ate them for breakfast, yeah boy!

  • steeltown

    He’s earned it… keep it up!

  • PA2AK

    of course results matter…how do you get those results? Solid fundamentals and excellent technique. Ask the HOFers if technique was paramount.