Young Linebackers Impressed With Coach Porter

With the beginning of phase one of the offseason program this past week, players are getting a chance to really meet their teammates in a work environment for the first time. But they’re also getting to know their coaches as well.

That includes former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter, who is now a defensive assistant coach for the linebackers. There aren’t too many former teammates left, so they’re getting the full Joey Porter experience right away.

Yesterday, two second-year linebackers, Jarvis Jones and Vince Williams, gave their impressions of Coach Porter when they spoke to the team’s website for a live segment, during which they previewed the team’s defensive needs.

Jones described Porter as “amazing”, perhaps a bit hyperbolically, when asked what it was like to have him as a coach.

One of the best players to play this game. The demeanor that he had to play this game is unbelievable. I’m glad to have Joey here, I know he’s glad to be back with us, so we’re gonna take full advantage of it and learn everything we can from him.

Although Williams plays inside rather than outside, as Porter did, he said that he too is trying to pick Porter’s brain to learn from what the veteran knows about the game. Williams is a cerebral player, so it’s not surprising to see him try to draw from every resource possible.

I’m thinking about renting one of the rooms in his house, and just kind of living in there. I want to be Baby Joey Porter, in a sense. Not so much how he played—he played outside, obviously—but, just to try to pick up his demeanor. He’s a great player, so I just want to learn as much as I can.

One thing that Porter can certainly convey to his new pupils, as he once did for his teammates, is to play with a nasty demeanor. The Steelers have the right tradition, from Greg Lloyd, to Porter, to James Harrison, but perhaps Porter can help instill that playing intensity and aggression in the current generation in Jones and Jason Worilds.

Porter took division rivalries seriously, for starters, which perhaps hasn’t been as big of a focus for the Steelers over the past few years. He once got ejected before a game against the Cleveland Browns for getting into a confrontation with a reserve player (which, incidentally, helped showcase Harrison, which helped nudge Porter out of Pittsburgh).

The rivalry with the Baltimore Ravens was probably at its most heated, if not its most contested, with Porter in the mix. He brought the fire and the passion, and he passed that on to his teammates as he whipped them into a frenzy. He was a true leader in that sense, influencing his peers to play with an edge.

The Steelers get two shots at the Ravens in primetime this season, including the second game on the schedule. We should see fairly early if Porter’s energy and demeanor has truly rubbed off on his pupils.

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  • frednash

    Can’t wait to see him on the sidelines

    complete opposite of Tomlin

  • grw1960

    Hopefully Porter brings some desperately needed fire to this defense.

  • Iron Cadet

    Who ride???

  • How would you know that, are you down there? Or are you a camera watcher?

  • treeher

    Fred just states the obvious

  • steeltown

    Bring the pain! VW seemed to have some nastiness to him last season, Jarvis is the one who needs to play with more intensity and anger, Worilds too will benefit from this, he seems to have turned the corner in terms of technique, now its time to play mean!

  • srdan


  • Jacque Strappe

    Looking forward to seeing Joey on the sidelines. I’m sure if the LB unit plays well, Joey will undoubtedly move on (or up perhaps).

  • ilamarca

    Will never forget the story of Porter trying to get onto the Ravens team bus to fight Ray Lewis after a game haha love that guy

  • I miss J-Peezy!!!

  • Going to youtube that now!! Thanks for this! Ha

  • JohnB

    I just hope he don’t call Ben out again.

  • mike burnside

    Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Coach gets fired up but it’s controlled. As a HC, u have to maintain some sanity so your decisions aren’t emotionally based. Joey could/can be nuts like that, part of his intimidation on the field.

  • afrazier9

    He needs to light that fire back in our D the youngans will be pushed and kicked until they fight back and end up being the aggressor baby Kill them all andlet the medics sort them out WHO RIDE

  • Toddy Bravo

    I’m just happy I can reintroduce the word “Peezy” back into my everyday vernacular.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    How can you NOT know that? Do you even watch the games? Do you watch interviews? Do you watch locker room clips? Do you read stories?

    Or are you one of those people who think Tomlin is secretly a passionate fiery coach? He’s just really good at never showing it in any public setting?

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I agree and disagree. I agree that a head coach needs to be like a field general. You have to keep a clear head and make good decisions. I think Tomlin does a good job of staying calm and keeping his players calm but I don’t think he makes good decisions or in game adjustments. He just lets the players play.

    The problem with that is football is a game of emotion. And you have to be able to fire up your troops to get them to perform at their maximum level. Tomlin has never done that.

  • I never miss a game ever, I have seen him chew plenty of people out, plenty. What consistent NFL coach screams and shouts every play. Name one, Harbaugh doesn’t neither they just make faces like they lost their cookie.

    He doesn’t need to scream and shout, its over rated those are grown men. Screaming or leveling insults will bring what result. bubkus

  • Jacque Strappe

    Greg Lloyd did that, did Porter do that also?

  • mike burnside

    I guess it’s kind of in the eye of the beholder. If u ever listen to and watch sound fx on nfl network when they do Tomlin, u get a different perspective of his fire. But again, it’s all opinion. I think he does get guys fired up, but if I were comparing him to say Cower who hollered and spit all over, then yeah Tomlin would seem kinda meek. Lol. But it’s cool, I do respect your opinion.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Bring back Harrison for one last year and then watch it get really freaky !!! Lock up your women and children.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Yes – Lloyd, Porter, Woodson and even Terry Long all trained with Grand Master Kong of Young Brothers Tae Kwon Do. Grandmaster was WORLD Champion not once but twice and he trains like no other. My son trains with him now and I can personally vouch for the incredible benefits of TKD training.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Thanks for clarifying that. Woodson is a new one on me. It could become a new off season training regime. Martial Arts for everyone. Let’s go!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I respect yours as well. And I retract what I said about Tomlin “never” getting fired up. Obviously he does occasionally. (Obviously)

    I guess my opinion on Tomlin is that whatever tactics he uses behind the scenes, I don’t see it translating into his defensive players playing with high emotion or fire.

    And I’m not saying Tomlin sucks. I think he’s a good coach. I just think we need some players and/or staff that get our guys back to the most physical intimidating defense in the NFL. And it looks like we’re on that road.

  • William Weaver

    That FIRE from a player like Joey had is exactly what this team is starving for. An emotional warrior to drag the DOG out of his fellow teammates. Underrated part of football. Part of what made Ray Lewis great. Not all men can conjure that up on their own, especially when they are comfortable millionaires. Fires us fans up too!!!!!!!!!!! Here we go steelers, here we go!!! Everyone now!! Lol

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I hear what you’re saying. But it’s not so much about screaming and slobbering. It’s about results.

    If our guys played with fire (with Tomlin being a chill happy dude like Pete Carroll does for the Seahawks), you would hear no complaining.

    But when Steelers fans see our defense playing with no emotion and then see Tomlin just chillin’ on the sidelines, an unemotional in post game interviews, we get pissed.

    I think there’s room for Tomlin to be more passionate without looking like a rabbid warewolf maniac.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Come on, sometimes downgrade Tomlin goes too far as is defending him too, he just open up his eyes and sometimes claps his hands, but he has no fire like Peze!

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Try to understand, is it good to shout and scream? That is a different matter, Tomlin simply is not that way, Porter is!

  • mike burnside

    Lol @ obviously. But u know what, I think it came down to guys just not being good enough. When guys are out of position because they too slow, u know it’s time. Let’s not even talk about guys getting out ran. At the end of the day, I had to face facts and realize that you not gonna get a full glass of lemonade with only 1 lemon.

  • patrick Mayfield

    me too.

    I see that as a good thing. A fiery positional assistant can lose his sh*t and fire the troops up and the head coach can keep some perspective. Porter can be a good compliment to Tomlin.

    Back when Cowher was the HC I thought his emotional character was what made the team hot and cold and play down to opponents but that doesn’t seem to have changed a whole lot.

  • wdhammer

    jerk off ,Chuck Noll said it and said i it best. If I have to motivate players they’re in the wrong BIZ!!!!

  • walter mason

    I remember when Noll was asked how does he coach nastiness. Noll replied that you dont… …you draft it.

    But if we dont draft it then maybe Porter can try and help. But coaching did not create agression in such players such as Lambert, Lloyd, Porter and Harrison.

  • wdhammer

    These young linebackers will be fine . I look for Jones to come out this yr strong .

  • Steelers@2010

    I think Joey Porter was brought in to help fire these guys up. I agree, you can’t coach nastiness, you draft it.

  • charles

    We did draft it: Heywood.
    Harbaugh in SF exemplifies what a coach can add though.
    We can act like we have already had a good draft Porter got Moats, the new runing backs coach got Blount and Munchak will certainly bring up each offensive lineman’s game.
    If Porter can bring the LBs back up to traditional Steeler LB corp, this 3-4 may just work!

  • Ed Charles

    Really, thats your angle? Shut up! If you can’t see that Tomlin and Porter are opposites, you’re a moron!