Steelers Hire Former LB Joey Porter To The Coaching Staff

The Pittsburgh Steelers added another coach to their staff on Tuesday as former linebacker Joey Porter has been hired to be a defensive assistant.

“We are excited about having Joey back with the Steelers’ family,” said head coach Mike Tomlin in a statement. “Joey spent a number of years with Pittsburgh as a player, and now he’s back to assist the coaching staff. We look forward to his efforts and contributions.”

Porter was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft out of  Colorado State. For his career, Porter registered 98 sacks, 721 tackles (552 solo), 25 forced fumbles, 12 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries, three touchdowns and one safety. After his time was up in Pittsburgh, Porter went on to play for the Miami Dolphins (2007-09) and the Arizona Cardinals (2010-11)

Porter had previously coached as an intern at his alma mater after retiring from the NFL in 2012 and certainly will be a welcome addition to the Steelers staff. His hiring now means that three former Steelers players are on the staff as Carnell Lake and Jerry Olsavsky also played in Pittsburgh.

  • Ben Hardy

    They shot me in Denver!!

  • cencalsteeler

    Great news. I hope he instills some “attitude” on that D!

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Once a Steeler, always a Steeler. Welcome back to Pittsburgh, Joey Porter!

  • dgh57

    I like this hire very much as our LBs could sure use him! Hopefully he’ll instill some of his “attitude” in our DEFENSE!!

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  • steeltown

    This is cool.. hopefully he helps motivate and instill more passion and attitude

  • Tom Savastano

    Munchak and now Porter.. Im liking this off season so far!

  • James Kling

    Peazy was always so quiet and reserved. How is he ever gonna motivate these guys? 🙂

  • JohnB

    I like this more than my one arrow up would imply. We need some attitude and aggressiveness. Havent really seen that since 2008.

  • joed32

    Who ride?

  • Jason

    My bet is that even at his age he would still be as productive on the field as Woodley. Lol

  • Brendon Glad

    I have fond memories of Joey Porter as a player. I hope he has great success as a Steelers coach. Glad he got a couple years of coaching under his belt, because I’m sure he probably has had to train himself to bite his tongue and keep his arms at his sides with regards to opposing players who get on his nerves. Lol. I laugh, but I’m kind of serious. I bet if he was asked, he’d probably admit the same thing. And he probably doesn’t want to be Woody Hayes until he’s been Woody Hayes. 🙂

  • Kevin Artis

    Now, if we can get Kevin Greene to return to coaching we would be set.

  • Brendon Glad

    He was a highly skilled and very versatile LB. Before he was shot in the hamstring, his LB coverage skills were probably in a short conversation at the top of the Steelers LB list post-70’s. And his pass rushing skills were excellent as well. Should be a great fit. I liked the Olsavsky hire…liked the Lake hire…and like the Porter hire.

  • Brendon Glad

    I’d prefer Greg Lloyd…as “quality control”…so rather than “taking away pool and ping-pong privileges” from young guys who are slacking…Greg Lloyd merely walks around the facility as Greg Lloyd. One disdainful look towards a slacker probably would suffice…and if it didn’t…well…we won’t go there….lol.

  • george

    Well that’s one way to add depth the the OLB position. 🙂

  • Brendon Glad

    He had a legendary 2005 postseason. Both in leadership and in play. His late sacks in Indy and the Bettis jersey thing get a lot of deserved pub and respect…but the thing that goes largely un-mentioned is that in my mind he pretty much broke Jerame Stevens’s (sp)…spirit as an NFL football player in the week leading up to that Super Bowl game (with his mental warfare that Porter played on him through the media) Stevens was a complete basketcase, had 2 huge drops and a big penalty (if I recall correctly)…and that severely damaged the Seahawks in that game and basically ended Stevens’s career for the most part. I’m not saying I love trash-talking…but Porter was the first guy who made me understand that “IF WELL PLAYED”…it has a place as an effective tool. So maybe he can pass on “psychological warfare tools” to current Steelers players.

  • Brendon Glad

    As injured as those guys have been in the last 2-3 years, he probably would be well served to show up to camp in “good shape.” lol

  • JohnB

    hey man believe don’t have to tell me about Porter. I’ve always admired our LBs.. especially our OLBs.

  • Brendon Glad

    I was just blabbing. Didn’t mean it to imply that I needed to inform you about it. I’m just excited.

  • patrick Mayfield

    Who Ride?

  • JohnB

    nah its cool im just saying…im excited too! I’d like to get Greg LLoyd or Greene with the program but i’ll take Porter.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Looking at his career stats I wonder if he ever thinks about getting those two sacks to put himself at an even hundred. Get’m a helmet..!!

  • Jacob Dixon

    Hopefully along with Joey Porter comes forced turnovers

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Just died of laughter, thx man..!!!

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    I guess our linebacker core isn’t saying enough stupid stuff to the media.

  • sean mcmartin

    nice move..The Lb’s need some of the ferocious attitude.

  • Superdriller316

    Wonder if they will have Jerry O working with just the inside guys and let Joey just work with the outside guys. Hopefully Joey will lite a huge fire under all their asses.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Damn right! That Munchak hire was better than 2 or 3 great draft picks!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    James Harrison would be even better. Oh, crap! He’s got to retire first.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Hopefully some young guy says something stupid, Joey does his imitation of Jackie Chan, grabs the guy throws him to the ground and makes him cry. Then he can explain that martial arts helped Porter with strength, speed and agility. Then Porter says, “Who wants to come train with Me?”