Breakdown Of Steelers LB Terence Garvin Versus Ravens

By Alex Kozora

A short breakdown of the five snaps played by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving.

First Drive

Snaps: 4

Run: 2

Rush/Drop: 0/2


1. 1st and 10, 3:011 1st. The new nickel package linebacker, replacing Vince Williams. Ravens run a draw. Right guard Marshal Yanda able to combo block and get to the second level and stick to Garvin. Gets under his pads and sticks to him until after the whistle. Garvin doesn’t have strength to absorb, let alone shed.

2. 2nd and 7, 2:33. Drops into hook zone. Pass thrown into the flats.

3. 1st and 10, 1:17. As shown in the game breakdown, Jason Worilds doesn’t set the edge and Bernard Pierce turns the corner. Garvin does get off the block but doesn’t have the speed nor balance to chase the running back down, having trouble staying coordinated and bellyflopping onto the turf at the end of the play.

4. 1st and 10, :52. Drops to zone coverage. Pass away from him.

Second Drive

Snaps: 1

Rush/Drop: 1/0


1. 2nd and 6, 9:37 2nd. Blitzes with Lawrence Timmons as each linebacker attacks an “A” gap. Ray Rice effectively cuts him.


Snaps: 5

Run: 2

Rush/Drop:  1/2

A fun-size player breakdown this week with Garvin picking up just five snaps. The team hasn’t used much nickel this year but the last two weeks have made it clear the rookie linebacker is the nickel linebacker over Vince Williams.

The rationale behind it is unclear which isn’t to say it’s a negative thing. Just unclear if it’s a product of Garvin playing well or Williams playing poorly. Guessing the former. But by that same token, it’s cutting into Vince Williams snaps which are already scarce to begin with.

Playing only five snaps tells you very little but he doesn’t possess much upper body strength and looks like a liability against the run. Hopefully as he dedicates himself to the weight room and bulks up, he’ll become better there.

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.


    We all had high hopes for Vince Williams. Has the post season player evaluation process commenced?

  • Jason

    I think ILB will still need to be addressed early in the draft or in free agency. I really don’t think Williams is the answer and Spence is a very long shot as much as we’re all pulling for him.


    Agreed on Williams and Spence. Maybe, just maybe, the coaches will decide Jarvis can play inside if it is feasible to keep Worilds and Woodley on the outside.

  • Jason

    I know opinions on Woodley vary greatly from people who think he is the 2nd coming of LT to people who think he shouldn’t be in the NFL but I do tend to think his $61 million contract was a terrible blunder by this organization and makes it’s very hard not to put him on the field. For that money you should at least be a player who demands constant double teams and require teams to scheme for you. He does neither. I’m losing patience with Jones too. I know Lebeau’s scheme is supposed to be like teaching a toddler chemistry but come on, how hard could it be. I would expect a first rounder to just be able to beat his man to the Qb sometimes regardless of scheme and Jones cannot. Often times football is simply beat the guy in front of you and he has struggled mightily in that regard.

  • Alan Felicia

    Come on, if you’re a Steeler fan you should know that in the 20 years of LeBeau/Capers/Cowher defense, not one OLB/pass rusher flourished in their 1st/rookie season. Not Woodley, not Porter, certainly not Harrison, Jason Gildon, Chad Brown, or Greg Lloyd. The fact that Jones got an opportunity to start in his rookie season is an accomplishment by itself. IMHO, the kid need to hit the weight-room this off-season.

  • steeltown

    I think people are too quick to dismiss Vince and Garvin, they are both rookies and both 22-23yrs old, their best years are ahead of them.

  • 20Stoney

    That is what he’s shown to be sure. He needs to hit the weights big time.

  • Jason

    Of the guys you just mentioned how many were first round picks? If Harrison goes undrafted and gives us 1 sack his rookie year no big deal but a 1st rounder should have higher expectations. I didn’t say we should cut the guy but come on many other teams have rookies this season who are getting to the qb. And yes the weight room should be a huge priority.

  • Alex Kozora

    For me personally, I recognize it’s partially a product of Will Allen being a better player than Williams/Garvin. So can’t fault the coaching staff with putting the best players out there. It’s just pointing out that it’s hard to keep growing as a player when you’re seeing so few snaps a game. Stunts your growth.

  • Steve

    Will Allen is not a LB he is a Safty. Williams/Garvin play different positions.

  • Alex Kozora

    Well aware of that. Just saying that the team would rather have Troy as a “LB” and Allen as the 11th player than putting Williams out there. Dime has basically become the Steelers base personnel.

  • Steve

    That don’t matter, a rookie is a rookie. Adams is a 1st rounder and look at him? Jones will be fine, he is hitting the wall right now, with the NFL season being longer than College. He needs to talk with Mitchell and learn some moves. His upper body strength is lacking also.

  • Steve

    Troy has not done well as a LB. We need to draft a ILB to take Foote’s place.

  • Alex Kozora

    Williams could still be that player. Has shown promise and there was a point in the year when he started to come on strong. Then he lost snaps and hasn’t been able to show much because he’s playing 10-15 snaps a game.

  • Steve

    Williams has has some good and some bad as Jarvis has.

  • alex

    yeah, troy seems to be playing the human rocket that plows into the offensive point of attack to allow those behind to take the tackle…