Jason Takes Baltimore – The Bad

By Matthew Marczi

As has pretty much always been the case with Jason Worilds, the fourth-year outside linebacker sprinkled in both some good and some bad during his fill-in starting performance for Jarvis Jones against the Baltimore Ravens. At times, he displayed veteran awareness of his surroundings, and at others, he looked confused. For the sake of order, it is probably easiest to isolate the good from the bad. This would be the bad.

On the following three plays, Worilds, in my estimation, displays some degree of a lack of awareness of either his responsibilities or the on-field circumstances with which he is surrounded. That is not to say that they are fundamental issues or plays that are egregious. The bottom line is that they simply make Worilds look bad.

Take this first example, on which he is abruptly introduced to Ravens guard Marshal Yanda against his will.

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While the fact that Worilds is taken off-guard and nearly off-balance by the All-Pro guard does not necessarily look very impressive, the fact of the matter is that Yanda does this fairly regularly. More importantly, however, Cortez Allen makes an excellent play to hold it to just a short gain. No harm, no foul.

On the following play, again, Worilds’ impact did not ultimately change the end result, but it still does not make him look good.

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Lined up at inside linebacker pre-snap, Worilds shifts over to the defensive right side and takes left tackle Eugene Monroe wide on a pass rush. Meanwhile, Troy Polamalu’s  inside move on the left guard helps open a wide hole through the B Gap that allows Joe Flacco to easily break the pocket and scramble for 12 yards on third and 11.

As mentioned, however, a holding penalty on Ike Taylor would have resulted in an automatic first down anyway. Instead, it just tacked on five extra yards to the end of the run. That was not the only run that he let slip by, however.

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Prior to the snap, Worilds adjusts to Vontae Leach going in motion. He engages the block of tight end Ed Dickson, but he gets caught inside too far, and when the hole to the right side of the play quickly closes, Worilds is out of position to prevent the easy cutback from Bernard Pierce.

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  • Virdin Barzey

    Jason has all the tools……from the neck down.

  • steeltown

    The first two are really not all that atrocious, he gets caught shifting sideways int he first and just gets pushed and the second he just over pursues on the outside.
    The third one however shows a lack of setting the edge, he needs to do better job of shedding and closing off the edge

  • Chris Ranieri

    Agreed…it almost appears that Worilds is fighting to maintain C-gap responsibility and completely ignores holding the field side edge. Either way, that shows a huge lack of awareness.

  • cencalsteeler

    gif #1- Sometimes you have to give credit where credit is due. Yanda did a nice job on that pull and blocked Jason nicely.
    gif #2- If Troy would have taken on Rices outside shoulder rather than his inside shoulder, Worilds probably would have had a sack. Worilds beat Monroe, but Troys inside approach created that hole, IMO.
    gif #3- Agree with your assessment

  • patrick Mayfield

    on #2 someone needs to be responsible for contain. Given his freelancing nature in the defense, that’s not Troy. I doubt Worilds has any idea where Polamalu is going on the play and that may be the root of the problem.

  • Henry

    Keisel looks worse than Worilds in those gifs

  • greeny

    J Jones has been worse than this but we only focus on the good with him. I know…he is only a rookie.

  • cencalsteeler

    This is a pass play so he is rushing the passer. Even in his rush, he contains the edge forcing Flacco inside. That is why Troy should have taken Rice’s outside shoulder forcing Flacco to stay in the pocket. The result IMO would have been a sack by Worilds.

  • Pat Lopez

    I agree. I think he is best suited for the inside. The steelers need someone opposite of woodley to step up their game.

  • DAYSNWAYS

    Why do we get a breakdown of Jason’s good and bad and only Woodley’s Good?