Dick LeBeau Intends On Finding A Way To Keep Jarvis Jones Involved

Due to his poor play Sunday in the loss to the Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones was demoted this past week on the latest depth chart behind Jason Worilds. However, just because he won’t start, doesn’t mean he won’t still see the field, according to defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau during his Thursday talk with the media.

“Jarvis is a playmaker. I’ve got to find ways to put him in where he can make plays,” said LeBeau, when asked if Jones will still be involved on defense moving forward.

Jones only played 10 snaps against the Raiders with only two coming in the second half. According to LeBeau, he should see more than that this Sunday when the Steelers take on the New England Patriots.

Jones is going through the growing pains that all young Steelers linebackers have gone through over the years that have played in the LeBeau system and the defensive coordinator made it clear that he believes the Georgia product on schedule.

“I don’t think he’s further ahead or behind where James Harrison was, Jason Worilds was or LaMarr Woodley was,” said LeBeau. “I think Jarvis is going to be fine. I like to think he isn’t either ahead or behind of where a first-year linebacker should be.”

While we don’t know for sure just how LeBeau intends to use Jones going forward, Matthew Marczi pointed out Thursday in his post that both of Jones second half snaps came on third downs and that both he and Worilds were on the field together for those snaps along with fellow linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons.

This will certainly be something to watch for Sunday against the Patriots as the Steelers have to start shaking things up on the defensive side of the ball in an effort to create more sacks and turnovers. They will of course be going against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will certainly pick them apart if given time in the pocket to do so.

“You better be ready to stop Brady if you play New England,” said LeBeau.

  • dgh57

    I hope you are right Dave, that Jones is just going through growing pains and if so playing time is the only way to grow out of them. If we lose Sunday then we have nothing else to lose by playing him or any of the other young players.

  • TheBlitz

    I can’t remember who said it, but it was either Dulac or Bouchette, saying that although the team may even be out of playoff contention after Sunday, coaches coach to win and not to see what they have in young players.

    Although we as fans may want to see the likes of Shark Thomas, Jones, Wheaton, etc…take the spot of vets moving forward, that won’t happen. They will play the best player on the roster even if the record is 2-13 with only 1 game left on the schedule.

    Like Herm Edwards said: They play to win the game

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    its clear to me that Jarvis jones is an inside linebacker and could be a very good one his skillset says so. this is why he dropped in the draft, the sooner the steelers move him inside the better they will be he can be a great inside guy or an average outside guy strengthen the entire defense by moving himinside

  • Virdin Barzey

    That’s true unless you are the Colts who tank the season to get the number one pick. Trust me, that wasn’t just luck but it was for Luck.


    A lot of people forget Timmons was drafted to play OLB as well…to your point idk yet…of course CFB is different from pro, and he looks too small to play OLB in this scheme, but Von Miller is not a whole bigger…maybe a different skill set. I thought Ogletree was the pick for an ILB, but JJ could be more effective as an inside blitzer…would need to learn coverage.


    With Cincy losing and Dalton’s road record in the DIV…it’s not over by any means…that said, imo you still have to get these young guys snaps.

  • Eric

    I do not think JJ has the speed to play ILB in the 3-4 defense

  • Shannon Stephenson

    When I read what LeBeau said something worries me. He said that JJ is in the same spot where Worilds and other players are yet Jones has had much more time on the field then these guys have had at this point in their careers. I would think he would be ahead. This doesn’t mean he won’t pan out but I just would think he should be a step ahead in his development.

  • Like the Pens did for Crosby?

  • dgh57

    I’m not saying go at it full bore in playing the young players just a increase their snaps. Players who aren’t likely to be with us next season such as Clark and Sanders would be a good place to start. If Arnfelt was on the roster they could start there also. I can’t think of a better evaluation tool than playing time as it will also help us to determine what our plans are concerning the 2014 draft.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Sometimes it is just the little things. On one GIF I saw, if Jones stays on the outside while rushing, Pryor has no where to go, and instead of escaping, Woodley and Jones would have arrived at the QB at the same time. He turned inside and let Pryor get away for a 19 yard gain. Little things.

    Little things like Ike Taylor never looks back for the ball. He watches his man and puts up his hands when they put up their hands to receive the ball. If he would occasionally turn he could have tons of interceptions.

    2 years ago when the Steelers dominated the Pats, they played tight on the receivers and gave Brady nothing, frustrating him to no end. They should play that way more often. They are definitely capable.

    Most important point about that game: Ben got rid of the ball quickly that day, short quick passes, a few runs and they possessed the ball for 40 flipping minutes!!! They should have won by 20 points but won 23-18, I believe. The Pats were frustrated on both sides of the ball. I think this one game gave the Steelers the idea that Ben should play this way all the time and they got rid of Arians.

    Look by at this game, guys and you will see exactly what I’m talking about. And I agree that the Steelers should play this way, just like the first 9 games in 2012.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Having watched JJ at UGA I think he’ll come back and have a monster game against the Patriots. He seems pretty coachable and with his attitude I only see positive things from this demotion.

  • r4kolb

    I agree dgh57…however we have to remember this is the Steelers organization. They will do what they have to, to maintain the “we rule by a higher standard”. Even if it hurts them in the long run. Just like Tomlin will be around a lot longer then he should for 2 reasons. 1) The Rooney rule.

    2) We never fire coaches and every says how wonderful that is. (Guess it’s a good thing they didn’t hire Greg Schiano). Problem is Tomlin is no Noll or Cowher as a coach or motivator.

  • SG

    I’m not sure how Dick can characterize him as a play maker. The little bit of pressure he’s gotten on the QB has usually been in unblocked or missed assignment situations. Otherwise, he has no sacks, no forced fumbles and no turnovers.

  • charles

    Twice he has forced errant throws resulting in interception.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Does anyone find it funny that these criticisms of Tomlin could not be found when the team was winning. Stop the madness. Its way too early to judging Tomlin compared to the other coaches. Maybe some of you would have preferred Whizz or Grimm. Get a grip folks. We ain’t accustomed to losing but you may want to look around the league this year.

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    not over? 29th ranked d 30th ranked o a terrible in game manager in tomlin, a terrible oc in haley, and a DC whose scheme cant create a play
    yeah we going straight to the playoffs

  • r4kolb

    Tomlins doing a great job!!! Oh by the way there were a lot of fans complaining about his questionable clock management plus other issues when they were winning. Which by the way was quite a while ago.