Jason Worilds Played A Complete Game Against The Browns

By Matthew Marczi

It’s been no secret that fourth-year outside linebacker Jason Worilds has really begun to come into his own over the course of the last two games. He registered nearly double-digit pressures this week against the Cleveland Browns despite not actually registering a sack, but he did bring down their quarterbacks—both of them—seven times.

Early in the second quarter, the Browns had begun to drive down the field a bit after a poor punt by Mat McBriar set them up near midfield as it was. Worilds did his part to limit the damage. On third and long, his pressure on Jason Campbell forced a soft pass out to the tight end that was nearly intercepted.

The Steelers presented their usual front in the quarters package, with Worilds lined up on the left, but they ran an exotic stunt that saw the front four moving all over the place after the snap. Ziggy Hood rushed from left defensive tackle and looped around the right side of the defense, for example.

For Worilds, he swam over to the interior and crashed into the A Gap. With the right guard moving backward, he spun off the block and pressured Campbell, tackling him just after he got the pass away.

The Browns had another drive going midway through the third quarter, which in fact culminated in a missed 46-yard field goal attempt on the 14th play of the drive. Worilds had a big impact in forcing the long field goal attempt.

On this first down play, he simply beat right tackle Mitchell Schwartz with an inside spin move after faking an outside rush. It’s been well-publicized how this move has risen to prominence as he has over the past few weeks. His pressure on Brandon Weeden forced a throwaway.

The Browns were able to get a first down a play later despite pressure by Worilds, but he was back at it on the subsequent play. Here, he beat tight end Jordan Cameron off the block in order to make the tackle on the running back after a gain of just one.

On the next play, he was in the backfield once again, pressuring Weeden. This time it was the bull rush as he walked the right tackle back into the pocket and forced Weeden to throw early to Cameron down the field, who was well-covered by the secondary. As you can see, you can have a big impact as a pass rusher without necessarily registering a sack.

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  • greeny

    We got to find a way to keep this guy. Woodley just simply has aged rapidly and cannot stay on the field. We keep Woodley for 2014 and cut him after that. Locking him up now eliminates one more need for the future. Remember, Worilds did lead our team in sacks last year so this isn’t a one hit wonder so please spare us it has only been 2 games.

  • Asmitty56

    Actually Woodley is near the top in the league for pass rushing efficiency. He just hasn’t be sent on pass rushes as much, but makes the most of them when he does. I’d like to keep both if possible.

  • Brandon James

    I prefer to keep both but these nagging injuries and he’s about to be 30 years old. Keep Woodley next year for a do or die year. Otherwise cut him. Who wants someone who will be turning 31 and can’t stay on the field.

  • Asmitty56

    Worilds couldn’t stay on the field either

  • Brandon James

    Seems fine this season, and if he stays healthy…its a better option than a 30 year old with a 1-2 year nagging calf injury