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Jason Worilds Makes The Most Of His Opportunities


By Matthew Marczi

Jason Worilds may not have gotten a ton of playing time in the last game, but he did make the most of his opportunities, particularly during one drive with about five minutes to play in the third quarter.

The Pittsburgh Steelers had just scored a field goal, and the subsequent kickoff was returned to just the 17-yard line. The Steelers were in their quarter defense, and Troy Polamalu came up to the line to show blitz on first down.

Steelers Bears Jason Worilds

On the play, Worilds was at the inside linebacker spot with Lawrence Timmons rushing off the defensive left edge. He rushed the quarterback from this position, getting a clear alley to the backfield and Jay Cutler thanks to the pressure the Steelers brought.

On this occasion, Worilds closed the gap quickly, pressuring Cutler to get rid of the ball prematurely, as the pass fell harmlessly incomplete in the direction of tight end Martellus Bennett.

On second down, Worilds was actually able to get the inside angle on the left tackle, but Cutler simply got the ball away for too quickly. On third and two, Worilds beat the left tackle again, this time to the outside, and actually got a hit on the quarterback, disrupting his throw completely, which again fell harmlessly incomplete.

Steelers Bears Jason Worilds

Unfortunately, there was a penalty on the play, so instead of forcing a punt, the Steelers gave their opponents a fresh set of downs, spoiling the good work Worilds had done. However, Ike Taylor blew up a screen pass on first down, and LaMarr Woodley registered a sack on second down. On third down, the Steelers showed heavy blitz with seven players right up on the line before Shamarko Thomas dropped into coverage.

Steelers Bears Jason Worilds

Everybody else came on the blitz, however. Cutler was under heavy fire, just narrowly escaping Woodley again, and then Brett Keisel, before he was able to get off a shovel pass to his back, Michael Bush. The only problem was that Worilds followed Bush out of the backfield and was right on his bumper. While Bush was not able to secure the ball anyway, Worilds was right there to bring him down well short of the first even if he had.

Jason Worilds may have lost his starting job to Jarvis Jones, but do not forget about him. The Steelers certainly have not, as they continue to play him in a rotation. On this occasion, the Steelers rewarded his excellent work on this drive by keeping him out there for the next one as well.

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About Matthew Marczi

Passionate Steelers fan with a bit of writing ability. Connoisseur of loud music. Follow me on Twitter @mmarczi.
  • NW86

    I think it is great to have both Jarvis and Jason playing well. They’re able to rotate and keep fresh, plus history has shown us that it is important to have an extra starting quality OLB, as there will likely be an injury to one of them at some point during the season.

  • Ahmad

    I thought Worilds showed great read and react skills on that last play. He rushed the passer but was able to read the back sneaking out of the backfield and picked him up nicely. I know Worilds takes a ton of heat but I’m giving him credit where credit is due.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m still a fan of Worilds. He’s shown some good things but he’s just not a Jarvis Jones. I hope we can keep him after this season. He would only add to the depth we already have at LB.

  • SteelerCop

    Dick LeBeau needs to call more of those defense plays…I didn’t see much of that against the Vikings….NO PRESSURE AT ALL….NEED PRESSURE TO PRODUCE TURNOVERS!!!

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