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Jason Worilds Takes Ownership Of Left Side


By Matthew Marczi

Even though LaMarr Woodley returned from injury last week, Jason Worilds remained on the left side at outside linebacker for nearly the entire game. He’d clearly played so well on the other side that the Steelers didn’t want to tweak what was already working, so they left him over there.

And once again, he put together another solid game, earning his team-leading seventh sack of the season and continuing to play more consistently against the run than he had on either side earlier in his career.

This first play is a great example of that. Here, he fought off a cut block by tight end Dion Sims by keeping his arms out in front of him and pushing off the diving attempt. He followed it up by making a diving tackle at the ankles on Lamar Miller after just a gain of one yard as the Dolphins were threatening to score.

On the next play—which was third down—Worilds pushed right tackle Tyson Clabo back into the pocket and pushed off as he saw Ryan Tannehill extend his dropback, registering a hit on the quarterback and forcing an early release, which wound up gaining all of zero yards and forced the Dolphins to settle for a field goal.

Late in the first half, after the Dolphins blocked a punt, they took over on Pittsburgh’s own 42. Thanks to good coverage and strong inside pressure by Jarvis Jones, Tannehill was left with nowhere to go, and as he attempted to escape through the right side, Worilds was there to pressure him, bringing him down as he threw an errant pass.

At last, in the fourth quarter, Worilds finally got a rush home on Tannehill, as he registered his lone sack of the game. Once again, he beat Clabo on the right side.

First, he used his bull rush and forced Clabo to the outside, and once he had the angle, he pulled the inside spin move to get through into the pocket and brought Tannehill down for the sack.

Had the coverage not been there, it may not have happened, as it forced Tannehill to pull the ball down. Never the less, the sack forced the Dolphins to punt the ball with the Steelers up at that point. Unfortunately the offense went stagnant from there on out, while a pair of unfortunate missed tackles by the secondary helped lead to the game-winning touchdown not long after.

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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.
  • blackandgoldBullion

    J Jones need to start incorporating that spin move that comes late, perhaps after 4-5 steps. The tackle figure you are going up the field speed rushing again, so you spin late, and sometimes you find the QB right there in front of your face if you can beat your man. Yup, you definitely cannot be predictable.

  • Lamarr56

    All 3 pass rushers looked good in those gifs. If Worlids were to leave, would the Steelers consider bumping Jarvis over to the left?

  • Brandon James

    Rookie’s rarely will have successful moves such as a spin. Have you seen worlids spin move? Took him 3+ Years haha

  • JAMESH

    Every time I isolate on Cam Heyward I see him doing something good.

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