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Jason Takes Baltimore – The Good


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 good.

Early in the game, the Ravens’ first possession is ended thanks in part to Worilds generating pressure up the middle and disrupting the timing of Joe Flacco.

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Lined up in the B Gap on the defensive right side, Worilds is positioned non-traditionally, which is something that I have noticed Dick LeBeau doing frequently this season. Lawrence Timmons is lined up on the opposite side, and at the snap, crosses with Worilds, which gets the outside linebacker on the right shoulder of the center. He then beats said center with a spin move that allows him to get the quarterback moving and forces a bad throw and a punt.

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LaMarr Woodley may have been the only one to come down with a sack, but Worilds helped him get it. With Woodley schemed to go up the middle, Worilds collapses the right side of the pocket with Troy Polamalu, funneling Flacco into Woodley’s grasp to force yet another punt.

Worilds may have had his own sack, however, had Polamalu not jumped offsides on an early third quarter third and short play.

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Jason Worilds ended up with a sack at the end of that play—or a half-sack split with Timmons depending on one’s take—after coming off the block of left tackle Eugene Monroe. Of course it could easily be argued, and accurately, that Flacco did not settle for an easier check down pass that could have resulted in a first down anyway because he knew he had a free play, but it is still a play worth noting.

This last play, however, may be my favorite of Worilds of the day, this despite the fact that it resulted in a completed pass and a first down for the Ravens.

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Before the snap, Worilds is again lined up non-traditionally—in this case at inside linebacker. He bluffs pressure before dropping into coverage. After the receiver exits his zone of responsibility in coverage, he comes after Flacco. Unfortunately, Jacoby Jones  gets away from Cortez Allen before Worilds can get home, and Flacco makes a great play to get the ball to his receiver for the first down.

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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.
  • JAMESH

    In the final GIF, Ziggy does a nice job of walking the Center back into Flacco. Checkout Heyward in the second GIF.

  • steeltown

    It’s amazing we don’t have more sacks… the front 7 looks fierce

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    As I stated before; he is our second best pass-rusher on team. Until we can improve the talents of pass-rushing specialists; Worilds shall be resigned. He’s actually a strictly 4-3 defensive end, while some players made the transition, he didn’t. Still, having him along with Ziggy Hood could give our defense more schematic-versatility if we ever want to employ multiple front 7 like the Ravens (hybrid) as we surely have the talents for it.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I agree that Worlids is most likely are 2nd best sacker but I do not think he could play a 4-3 DE.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    There are times where we just get no pressure with the front 4. We need JJ to really begin to step up.

  • Dr. Doom

    I am not against it, as long as its on the cheap.

  • srdan

    I agree. This defense has a serious motor. Fun to watch.

    And they don’t get tired easily like recent years. But we have to stop those 4th quarter drives.

  • Virdin Barzey

    GIF#1 – If Cam keeps pushing his man back as he was doing, he clearly would have a sack since Worrilds made a nice move inside.

    GIF#2 – Totally disagree with the Worrilds helping Lamar. The play was a great call and Lamar made a great play getting Rice out of the way.

    GIF#3 – Pola actually is the one that made this sack happen. His pressure up the middle force Flaccid right into Worrilds.

    GIF#4 – Kiesel does a poor job of containing the pocket. Yes, he’s doubled but he starts to slide in rather than contain out. Hood got pressure where several has stated he may be a better nose tackle. Worrilds does a nice job of putting the pressure.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Really? Coming out of Va Tech, he was a really good 4-3 pass-rusher. I think his athleticism when playing with a hand down could help him pull a stunt and get around. He’s a twitcher (a term of runner, people who shrinks their shoulder inward and run with power, not light on his feet). Could be next Chris Clemons (he had same problem when playing for Redskins and Eagles, both played him as a stand-up pass-rusher or wide. Similar athleticism and skillsets as well).

  • JAMESH

    Now that you mention it, Worilds doesn’t so much collapse the pocket as Woodley chases Flacco into Worilds’ blockers.

  • Mike Carroll

    Totally agree with you on Gif#2. It’s sad this play is supposed to be a good one for Worilds. But, he didn’t provide much to choose from against Balt team that gave up 19 sacks in their first 6 games.

    Troy himself needs to get the sack on Gif#3.

  • Mike Carroll

    I agree I give Woodley all the credit on this play. He had a great opportunity against Rice and took full advantage.

  • patrick Mayfield

    agreed on #2. As written “collapsing the right side of the pocket” in reality is him getting pushed around the perimeter of the pocket. If Flacco had no other pass rush, He’d be 5+ yards from Worilds.

  • charles

    You offer attributes that I have never heard and don’t understand. Your comparison to Clemmons is excellent though. I would like to add that LeBeau is really playing some unseen defensive looks. It might be that like the O this LeBeau freak defenses can be effective once Everyone on D gets on the same page. Troy playing psuedo middle linebacker looks really interesting. We will see how things go, but these D’s are not classical in any sense.

  • Pat Lopez

    Agree. Great point.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Yeah I like what Lebeau is doing so far, I like his sub-packages much more. We lack the.. pedigree of pass-rushing now and we adapted.

    I’m now a guy fan of opportunistic defense like Saints’ or Packers’ (pre-double check belt thing) where they thrive off turnovers. We have personnels for it, only need to put it on stats sheet!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    ASH, the biggest problem for DE to move to OLB in a 3-4 from college to the pro game is more dropping into coverage and not getting pressure on the QB. Worlids biggest problem is he cannot get consistant pressure as a OLB. How could he do it as a DE?

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