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The Four Plays Against The Raiders That Got Jarvis Jones Demoted


For now, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones has lost the starting right outside linebacker job back to Jason Worilds as he was officially demoted on the depth chart on Tuesday. Jones play Sunday in the loss to the Oakland Raiders was the reason for the demotion and in reality, you can boil it down to just two plays.

With 4:08 left to go in the first quarter, Jones is left one-on-one with running back Darren McFadden. Initially, Jones squares up on McFadden and even jolts him back, but instead of staying outside of McFadden, he peeks inside of the Raiders running back, who effectively walls him off from the outside. This in turn gives quarterback Terrelle Pryor an escape route and while Jones does do a great job of chasing, it doesn't prevent him from getting an earful from linebackers coach Keith Butler on the Steelers sideline.

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While the regular television camera makes this play look a little worse than what it actually was, the fact that Jones couldn't easily keep contain against a running back is a little concerning.

On the very next play from scrimmage, Jones fails to drop into coverage on Raiders tight end Michael Rivera. Luckily, Pryor threw low and the pass was incomplete.

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After being pulled for one play, Jones reentered the game on third down and while he gets a free run at Pryor because the left tackle forgot the snap count, he gets juked by Pryor, who luckily makes a poor decision and throws an interception.

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The play that really appeared to get Jones in the dog house took place with 6:56 left in the first half. The Raiders ran the read-option again and this time Jones gets baited into crashing inside and is subsequently turned by the tight end, thus giving up outside containment. To his credit once again, Jones doesn't give up on the play and he eventually makes the tackle.

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While Jones is still going through some growing pains, he will certainly learn from these two plays. While he may have been demoted, it's temporary and I suspect he will still be given snaps Sunday against the New England Patriots. After all, it's not like Worilds is the future and like Jones, he hasn't set the world on fire this season once again.

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  • steeltown

    He’s still young and new to the defense and pro game, I remain patient with him

    I think some more intense strength training could help some of these guys, these guys need to step it up in the offseason, guys like Jarvis Jones, Vince Williams, Al Woods, Paulson, Beachum and Mike Adams would benefit from some added strength

  • Fritz Baughman

    I agree with the strength issue. Jones is listed at like 240, but I really don’t believe that. He has some pretty small arms, compared to a typical NFL linebacker. You look at the arms of guys like James Harrison, Woodley, and even Timmons and they are enormous. However, he’ll bulk up significantly over the next year. Plus, with the surprise play of Williams, I think this LB unit will be pretty damn good next year and beyond. Adding Spence to the mix will only make it better.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Although OLB depth is an issue, behind Woodley and Jarvis we have no one besides Worilds who will be a UFA, sort of why I was surprised at the A.Robinson situation and then the Baxter release

  • ATL96STEELER

    The 1st play he did over commit inside and the RB had the leverage on his right shoulder, on 90% of the QBs in the league that play does not go for a 1st…I thought the worst one was missing the TE in coverage because he just floated into nowhere really…not sure what he was thinking there b/c he had to see the guy.

    This is the Steelers here, meaning they are not used to being in this position record wise, so I understand the benching. But these are typical rookie mistakes….on teams that are more familiar with breaking in rookies under live bullets, they probably let them play thru this and cover it in the film room the following week.

    Not a big deal…I would be more concerned about the same mistakes being repeated.

  • steeltown

    I have to point out that, again, on the first gif Ryan Clark looks like he could’ve made a play on Pryor but again turns his head and over pursues what looks like a TE in the flats. I know he’s making a break for the open guy but if he looked over even once while in stride he could’ve possibly adjusted and prevented the 1st down by pursuing Pryor

  • DAYSNWAYS

    LOL at Clark on the last gif….. completely misses mcfadden and if not for Jones’s pursuit probably would have been a TD!!

  • AndyR34

    Nah…Ryan knocks him off of his feet and Jones wraps him up.

  • HarryBackside

    Arms don’t have anything to do with it. Strength and conditioning programs focus on power movements to maximize explosiveness in large muscle groups. Powerful legs, hips, back, and shoulders are much important than “big guns” (which are relatively useless unless you’re trying to pick up chicks). You won’t see to many olympic weight lifters with huge biceps.

    I’m not trying to say that Jones doesn’t need to add some mass, but if you’re looking at his arms to make that determination, you’re looking in the wrong place.

  • DAYSNWAYS

    apologies…. my blinkered hate of Ryan saw me see that a little bit skewed,…… maybe i was looking for a bone jarring full wrap up hit that jarred the ball loose,…instead of this half hearted flail.

  • steeltown

    Partly true, need only look at Markus Wheaton, he had 20reps on the bench press at the combine which is very impressive with his 185lb slight-medium build, he has above avg strength for his size, while Mike Adams had 19reps and is a towering figure.. which is part of the reason I think Mike Adams struggles in addition to poor technique, his overall strength

  • Fritz Baughman

    My overall point was, the kid needs to bulk up. That is all. Arms most certainly have a lot to do with it when you’re trying to hold off or shed the block of a 320lb offensive lineman. These guys don’t have huge triceps from playing shuffle board.

  • Face_Plant

    Take a look at Clark’s effort at the end of the play in the last GIF. Unfortunately that seems to be happening all too often this season.

  • TheBlitz

    I’m just excited watching Cam Heyward getting great penetration and push on gifs 1,2 and 3.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Please someone tell me what is Ryan Clark doing in the first and last GIF. I can understand Jones being a rookie having his struggles but its inexcusable for the vets like Clark.

  • steeltown

    Cam looks like the real deal, he’ll only get better the more starts he gets under his belt. He’s been batting down passes as well (3 PDs)

    It’s not all doom and gloom in Pittsburgh, we have some promising youngsters

  • ATL96STEELER

    Agreed…it’s not, but the one thing that you can’t say anymore realistically when you’re trying to integrate young players…”the standard is the standard”…these guys have to learn on the field, trial and error is part of the learning process.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    In the last gif, look at the miserable attempt at a tackle by Ryan Clark an instant before Jones makes the tackle.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    The only part of Clark that touched the runner was the palm of his hand as he ( Clark), ducked his head and completely wiffed.

  • steeltown

    No doubt

  • cencalsteeler

    Your first comment was correct. Ryan puts his head down and completely missed. Troy grabs his shoulder and Jones finishes the play.

  • cencalsteeler

    I’m with you. Clark was always one of my favorites. To go out this way is just disappointing. His play at this point is mediocre at best. The vet card he holds is the only reason I see him still starting. Me personally, I would rather see Shark or Golden in there more to get some in-game experience playing with Troy.

  • r4kolb

    I’m sure we will see them more once the playoffs are out of the picture in the coaches minds. Don’t get me wrong, I think we are already to that point and will be even more so after Brady dissects us for a 50 spot. I wonder if at this point Clark is just worried about collecting his paychecks and finishing out the year and looking toward what he thinks is his broadcasting career. Maybe he should talk to Bettis and Hines who were one year and done doing that.

  • r4kolb

    In defense of Jarvis on the first gif, if you watch he does hold contain but Pryor makes a move to run to his right to run which then causes Jarvis to make that inside step. However there is no where to go because Woodley is there. Pryor then runs left and now Jones is caught inside. I guess the question is are they not suppose to try to sack Pryor and just stand in a spot and let him find an open receiver?

  • Ike Evans

    so i posed this question on another post…..how do you start a rookie right and pull him the first really really really bad game he had? for a player who has made about 3 big plays in the last 3 years….and you have ziggy who…who regularly gets beat for YEARS…every game but you REFUSE to put cam in untill this year? im just looking for some consistency….it goes back to what i been saying for years…tomlin has a hard on for vets and doesnt know how to deal with or develop young players…doesnt know how to hire coaches that can do that either

  • Joe Kuzma

    I’m with you, but he was one of, if not the leading tackler last year and is again this year. Runners always appear to get past the 2nd level nowadays.

  • Henry

    Jarvis Jones looks small out there. i was at a sports bar watching on a smaller TV, and on that play where Troy got the pick, I confused Jones with Troy when he missed the sack.

    Dude really needs to get some more lower body strength (and upper for that matter) to fight off blocks from running backs. So far, he hasn’t shown any ability to stack and shed blocks. The only time he gets pressured is when he is unblocked.

  • Henry

    No doubt. Read your post after I posted mine. He is clearly lacking in the strength dept.

  • Henry

    I confuse Jarvis with Troy too often. He really does need to get bigger. I don’t believe that 240 # either.

  • Henry

    Maybe not biceps. But you push with your triceps. You shed blocks by pushing the man off of you.

  • Henry

    yeah, you know they had to have seen that play on film during the week. Vacating his responsibility of the middle of the field before he knows the location of the ball is inexcusable.

  • Matthew Marczi

    This has actually been building for a while. He’s been pulled mid-drive several times throughout the season. It’s not about being a veteran, it’s about being disciplined within the defensive scheme, and he’s not doing that right now.

  • HarryBackside

    You push with your hips and legs. That’s where the power comes from. The triceps aren’t pushing anything. You just need enough arm strength to maintain a lock out, and shoulders are a big part of that.

    If you train using olympic lifts, which is all about explosiveness, you don’t need to do anything for your arms.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    And that is Ryan Clark un disciplined trying to make highlight reel tackles

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Just what was he doing? I don’t think he could tell you.

  • Steve

    On the 2nd GIf, it looks to me that Jones dropped into coverage and was the closest to the reciever.

  • Steve

    Cam did a good job in gif 2 but 1 and 3 were ok. Will say Cam is doing a lot better this year.

  • Steve

    Jarvis needs to keep containment and not let the ball carrier outside him.

  • Bob Graff

    He gets caught up inside all the time. Ok i can see people saying stay patience but hasn’t he been playing OLB for some time now. He keeps making the same mistake. He keeps taking an angle that gets him caught up. Then he can’t recover. Say what you want the fact is he’s playing very poor . I have said it in other posts we need consistent hard nosed players , who cares if you blow someone up then disappear for 3 quarters . It’s not hard to understand solid steady defense will force the opposing offense into making mistakes. That’s what we are lacking.

  • Bob Graff

    The hire coaches part you nailed, our position coaches are friendly hires and they stink.

  • steeltown

    No doubt, its not for lack of effort…. guy gets after it

  • TheBlitz

    In gif 1 I love his efforts running after Pryor. Not like he can catch up with him but it’s great to see him play through the whistle and finishing up on the play.

    In gif 3 he’s getting triple teamed. That’s something asked of DE in Lebeau 3-4 isn’t it ? If he can draw that kind of attention on a consistent basis that would be awesome wouldn’t it ?

  • Tom

    I remember the same kind of stories about a former Number 1 pick in his rookie year, they reached, he isn’t any good, this was a miss..that guy wears 43 and he turned out to be a pretty good player. Give the kid some time to adapt and then judge him.

  • Riverstko

    I knew he wouldnt be ready this year thats why i hate to say it i wouldve pick eifert.As proven he is more nfl ready. Jones is undersized, and after that performance sun. more qbs will test him out. I hope his awareness improves. He looks scary LOL!

  • r4kolb

    Just to toot my own horn a little bit…you did remember 4 days ago when I posted “Brady dissects us for a 50 spot”.

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