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Joey Porter Will Look To Put A Chip On The Shoulder Of Jarvis Jones


The addition of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter to the coaching staff on Tuesday certainly came out of the blue and if the mere reason he was hired is to help get the most out of outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, I applaud it.

Jones, who the Steelers selected in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Georgia, had a pretty uneventful rookie season in Pittsburgh when you consider how much playing time he received. In total, he registered a dismal 6.9 pass rushing productivity number in 298 pass rushing snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

Porter and Jones are polar opposites when it comes to their personalities. During his 13 years in the NFL, of which the first eight were played in Pittsburgh, Porter was as emotional of a player that you will ever see. He was bold and brash, and more importantly he backed it up. Jones, on the other hand, is currently more of a laid back player full of potential.

Originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft out of Colorado State, Porter registered10.5 sacks in 2000, his first full season as a starter. He would go on to register 98 regular-season sacks over the course of his career and was the face of the Steelers defense for several seasons.

So what about Porter as a coach? Being a great player is one thing, but being able to teach other players how to be great is another.

In his one season as an undergraduate student coaching assistant at his alma mater, the Rams defense registered 32 sacks which was 12 more than they had the season prior. In addition, Rams senior outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett recorded 12 sacks in 2013 and set a conference record with 20.5 tackles for loss en route to being named Defensive Player of the Year of the Mountain West Conference.

“That is exactly why I got into coaching, being hands-on with the outside ‘backers—Shaq (Barrett), Cory (James), Steve-O (Michel), Danny (Nwosu), Bryan (Ohene)—all the guys I worked with, just having an effect on their lives and helping them get better is why you coach,” Porter told the CSU website. “Just the little things were the biggest enjoyment I got out of it.

“In addition to the team success and the bowl game, honestly the moments I had to work with Shaq and watching him play, that goes a long way for me. I know it was a short time I was there, but I think I got more out of it than they did. What they did for me solidified for me that it was the right choice to get into coaching.”

I advise all of you to remember the name of Barrett, who will certainly be on the Steelers radar in the 2014 NFL Draft. He hasn’t been invited to the 2014 scouting combine, but due to Porter knowing all about him, you can bet the Steelers will have representation at his Pro Day.

As for Jones, he already knows that he must get stronger during the offseason and work on developing more counter moves in addition to a solid bull rush to go along with his ability to rush off of the edge. You can now expect that Porter will push him every step of the way and hopefully some his personality will rub off on the youngster in the process.

The Steelers pass rush as been pretty non-existent for the last three seasons and that’s something that Porter probably can’t fathom. Yes, Porter is back riding with the Steelers once again and Jones will be riding shotgun with the rest of the Steelers linebackers all in tow.

“When we play with a chip on our shoulder and play mad, that’s when we play our best football. We play our best football when we’re ticked off,” Porter said following the Steelers playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts in 2006.

That’s the same type of chip that Jones needs on his shoulder and Porter will either put there or up his rear-end.

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  • chris ward

    Great to see Porter back with the Steelers, as a player he was passionate and led with great intensity on the defense. I think he will be a motivating coach and a great mentor to guys like Jarvis and the younger players on the Steelers.

  • Rosco

    Maybe hes taking over Butlers position when Butler gets promoted!!

  • steeltown

    I’d be all for selecting Barrett late or signing him undrafted, we need all the fresh blood we can get at that position. He had a very productive senior season.

  • Jacob Dixon

    Or to get Woodley sacking the quarterback again and help Jones and maybe to make Worilds stay

  • steeltown

    Was thinking the same thing.. also I have a feeling Olsavsky will be gone by this time next year, so either way this hiring is welcomed

  • Shawn Winbush

    WHO RIDE???? glad to see J Peezy back with the family. Great hire by Tomlin. Infusing his leadership qualities and fiery demeanor should vastly improve the LB corp and defense in general.Like that the Steelers are looking towards the future,coaching and personnel wise. We are reloading very quickly.

  • Brandon James

    Woodley is good as gone. Especially with Worlids emerging we have the coaches to help him get even better. If they let worlids walk and keep woodley…I don’t see how we don’t go OLB in the first 2 rounds which seriously hurts other holes that need to be addressed.

  • SteelersDepot

    Lets not make Porter the linebackers coach just hours after the ink has dried. One step at a time. This will really be his first REAL year as a coach.

  • Callentown

    Joey Porter = (necessary) Attitude Adjustment

  • Jollyrob68

    I see Butler as DC and Olsavsky as LB coach while porter takes over Olsavsky’s role.

  • CrazyTerry

    I don’t think Jarvis problem is attitude adjustment. Is it possible he just lacks NFL caliber talent at a high enough level?

    Let’s not expect too much. Lakers players tuned out Magic Johnson when he became part of Lakers management and he was a damn good leader when he was a player.

    And Woodley seems arrogant enough not to give a damn if Porter gets on his case.

  • Addison

    Jarvis is playing the strong side ( right side ) and Jason is playing the weak side. If they put Worilds on the right side he would probably disappear again. What I’m getting at is if Worild was playing on the right side and performed like Jones would we be even talking about a new contract for him. Maybe I’m making no sense. Maybe I’m drinking way to much coffee today

  • dgh57

    If he replaces Carter I’ll be all for drafting this kid!

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Agree but… those hirings speak loud of Steelers’ FO expectations. First Carnell Lake, now Joey Porter. Both were all-pro, demeanor atittude, and make great idols.

  • cencalsteeler

    First Munchak and now the hiring of Porter. Guys, I’m starting to get excited! I’m ready to get back to some blue collar, hard hitting, smash mouthed football which made this organization great! This young money crew thing left a bad taste in my mouth and it wasn’t Steeler football. Here’s to hoping we get back on the right path!!!

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    That’s kind of a bad comparison right there about magic johnson. Joey porter is only an assistant coach, we already have a strong FO with leaderships, the fact they are trying to instill attitude and discipline within our defense I love it. I mean, at least they are trying to change something, that can’t be said same for the Browns.

  • joed32

    Worilds is only good on the left side, have to keep him there. Woodley was playing on the right side at the end of the season with Jones playing on both sides and sometime inside in passing situations.

  • Addison

    We don’t have a RT OLB. We have 3 LT. OLB. Who’s to say they put Jones on the right and he have a breakout year. It be nice if Mack falls to 15.

  • Matt Manzo

    I understand what ur saying! I’m hesitant with Worilds for the same reason and minimal production, half a year of good stats.
    Staring to hope for a strong powerful mean OLB to fall to us in rnd 1! We could still grab a CB in 2, WR in 3 and a S in 4.

  • Addison

    Agree with all that. Maybe people worry about jones cause he’s 24. Most steelers are signing they’re 2nd contract at that age and have arrived.

  • Arthur Branch

    Jarvis has the same problem that Decastro had his rookie year. These guys were naturally stronger than the competition they played in College. The strength and conditioning staff will work with Jones just like they did with Decastro and Heywood before him. The added strength and experience will make Jones the player the steelers thought they were drafting. Linebackers do not start as rookies in Pittsburgh for a reason.

  • Tom Savastano

    Hopefully the chip on his shoulder weighs about 25lbs…Jones can use the weight.. ;)

  • Kevin Artis

    I already mentioned adding Kevin Greene. Somebody mentioned addding Gregg Lloyd. How about Levon Kirkland as well

  • William Weaver

    I must have had the same coffee because I understood you. Lol Jarvis was playing the harder side it seems. I feel the same way about Adams and Gilbert. All off season last year Gilbert was left tackle and Adams right. Then the switch because Gilbert couldn’t handle the left. Adams didn’t either but why is he the bust and Gilbert ok? Which is the better right tackle? I still say I believe in Jarvis to figure it out and I love this addition of Joey. Can only help Jarvis. Worilds also is less healthy then woodley at times. Not a great option if it takes 6-8 million a year.

  • Aric Brown

    While I don’t think Porter would be a great coach per se… he should be good at getting the young guys to play for him which might be just what we need

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I agree. Switch to brandy with a beer chaser. As a matter of fact, I’ll join you! Excuse me.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Makes you wonder if we are all just too damn impatient. I also think Adams will be better than Gilbert on the right, maybe a lot better.

    On the patience front, a competitive team that hopefully wins another Super Bowl in 5-6 years would be fine with me. And if it all happens, sooner, it’ll be a big bonus. I am still eternally optimistic and know that you can turn it around quickly with the right moves, a little suffering and a little luck.

    We shall see.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    I guess one of the 6 or 7 special players in the 2013 draft , isn’t so special after all, if we gotta hire an extra coach to push him.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think Jones will come along. I’m thinking insurance for Worilds, in case he regresses. And if we lose him we need insurance for Woodley. And solid depth!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed Arthur sometimes the guys have to realize being top level talent in College and the pros are two different animals. I’ve watched JJ in college and i’d be shocked if he’s not a different player this season. Dude was a beast in college. He just needed the experience from this past year and now work his but off this offseason. The addition of J Peezy will only help his game.

  • Douglas Andrews

    PEEZY IS BACK!!!. Peezy sounds like he he’s gonna be a really good coach. Hope as an assistant he make our LB’s better. Congrats PEEZY hope this just opens up more opportunities for you

  • Luke Shabro

    Thank the Lord someone else who gets it. You are making tons of sense. He was ineffective on the strong side and always thrived on the left side. People really want to give a big contract to a guy who only showed up when he played at LOLB. We already have a bunch of money invested in a guy that plays LOLB. I am one of the very few Steelers fans that does not want to see Worilds re-signed (at least not at the price he is going to demand). I feel like Jarvis will improve next year and if we can just get Woodley to stay healthy, he is an effective rusher who we already have good money invested in. I could be wrong but I feel like people were ready to dump Troy because he couldn’t stay on the field and then he had essentially a full, healthy, productive year in 2013. We need depth like crazy so that will have to be addressed at least twice in the draft.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Really like this, especially since Porter had a similar build to Jones. Porter was absolutely ripped, but he wasn’t a big guy like Woodley.

  • Addison

    Steelers are tight on cash and does anyone think Woodley wants to give up the LT. Side. So if Worild is signed he’s most likely going to play the right side. 6-8 million for an invisible man sounds like a step back. It tricky cause we will never know what he’s capable of cause he was never a starter till his last year! Also Woodley is better then Worild when health. Draft a OLB and cut Woodley next year…. I need a brandy and a guiness. I like that you brought my attention to Shaquil Barrett Dave thanks

  • CrazyTerry

    Lebeau should have switched Woodley to the strong side once Harrison left to see what we have in Woodley. If Woodley was the beneficiary of Harrison.

  • walter mason

    Cowher

  • Steelmill 74

    Another great coaching move. He will bring some emotion back to the locker room.

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