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Lawrence Timmons Put The Hurt On The Bills With His Tackling


By Matthew Marczi

He may not have recorded double-digit tackles, but Lawrence Timmons played one of his best games so far this season. In total, he recorded eight tackles—seven solo—deflected a pass, and also recorded his first sack of the season.

But the biggest impact that he had on the game was, literally, his impact.

Something that has been missing from the traditional Pittsburgh Steelers defense of late is the sheer physicality with which they have played over the years. One might argue that this began in 2010 with the mid-season institution of the player safety initiatives spurred on largely by the play of former teammate James Harrison.

That was not lacking against the Buffalo Bills, and that was thanks in large part to Timmons, who brought out the big hits throughout the game and helped set the tone for the rest of the team by putting his opponents down with authority.


C.J. Spiller was the first to experience the opportunity of the Lawrence Timmons tackle, as the fourth play of the Bills’ first drive ended with him being driven into the ground after a short reception over the middle of the field.

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Next up was Spiller’s running mate, Fred Jackson. Though he was able to find a lane toward the right side of the defense around Jason Worilds, Timmons made sure that he would pay for it in the end.


Of course, rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel got the worst of it all on a play in which Timmons wasn’t even rushing the passer. The Steelers showed five rushers before the snap, but both Timmons and Worilds held back.

However, LaMarr Woodley got the better of the right tackle, and as a result, Manuel was funneled to his left. Timmons was waiting there for him, and with a running start, he buried the quarterback for the sack.

It was, in fact, the ex-Steelers Harrison that once said that he wants to hurt his opponents. Not injure them, but hurt them—an important distinction.

When you hurt your opponent, you make them not want to get up off the ground and go back into the huddle to do it all over again. You make him think twice about pounding the ball up the middle of the field, knowing that he will be met with brute force. That is what the Steelers used to do regularly to their opponents. That is what Timmons did to the Bills.

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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.
  • steeltown

    I think we have two of those guys that bring the pain, Timmons and V.Williams… the latter just has yet to find his feet, (when tackling) literally

  • Chad H

    Timmons is fast! He looks like he will be the leader of the D when Kiesel is gone.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I’ve been critical over the years of Timmons but he has gotten better each time. The problem is every now an again he disappears and doesn’t make his presence known. There’s a difference between someone who plays well and a playmaker. He has playmaker talent but most of the times he plays well. Clearly our best LB right now.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    That was a ferocious hit on manuel

  • Ken

    Hitting hard is obviously directly tied to turnovers. Hopefully that leadership will spread throughout the defense. Clark use to do it…

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Very well stated. He is certainly paid to be a playmaker.

  • Chris Ranieri

    I will second how this is a well stated comment. As you can see in the last GIF with his sack he had RB responsibility in coverage, and when the RB dropped back to help pass block JJ on the edge, Timmons, realizing his man would not float out to receive a pass, stepped up to make a great play. Happy to see him continuing to get better.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Think part of the reason he disappears is he’s dropped into coverage a lot. Can’t think of many linebackers Id’ trust as much as him to drop into coverage.

  • SteelersDepot

    Notice in the last gif that Worilds is spying Manuel and Timmons the RB. Also, Woodley, Worilds and Jones all in the game at the same time.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Very good point. Please note also that only 3 guys actually rush the passer. Yet, circumstances like good initial coverage and being in the right place at the right time, and sometimes you get a sack when least you expect it.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Coverage is honestly the only thing he’s done consistently well this year.

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