Lawrence Timmons ‘Flying Around’ The Practice Field For Dolphins

I’d like to deviate for just a moment from your regularly-scheduled divisional news to briefly cover a team that the Pittsburgh Steelers will not be playing in the regular season this year, but whom they played twice a year ago, first in the preseason and then in the playoffs.

That actually doesn’t narrow it down as much as you might expect because it still includes three teams, but in this case it happens to be the Miami Dolphins, whom the Steelers lost to in the regular season in Miami, a game in which inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons lost his lunch on the field.

According to reports, he is not losing anything on the field in his new defense, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has written recently. The Dolphins’ backup quarterback, Matt Moore (whom they saw in the postseason) told Jackson that he has been impressed by their new linebacker.

We watch tape every day and you watch him and he is flying around, running to the ball, practicing hard the way you should”, he said about Timmons, in a description that would very much echo was Steelers fans came to know about him over the course of the previous decade.

Timmons, a first-round pick of the team in 2007, called Pittsburgh home for those 10 years, but he returned to where he played college ball, in Florida, out of Florida State. It was no doubt a difficult decision to part ways, but it is a business.

About the Dolphins’ acquisition of Timmons, Moore said, “I think that’s a great addition. The guy is just a football player and you love it”. In another description that should bear familiarity, he said that Timmons “doesn’t say much but plays ball”.

Moore also added that the linebacker “got me there a couple times at the end of the [Steelers playoff] game. He threw me around a little bit; but he’s just a veteran linebacker – all over the place. I remember him communicating well, always talking”.

The Dolphins’ offensive coordinator also said of the former Steeler that “he has a presence in there that he just whacks anything that moves across his face. He’s been an adjustment and certainly turned some heads – literally turned some heads – on the crossing routes”.

That might sound surprising to the segment of fans that were glad to see Timmons out of town, believing that his play was in rapid decline and that the Steelers would be better off without him, but his performance on the field will ultimately deliver its own verdict on that front.

The former Steeler told reporters that he believes he would be able to play any of the three linebacker positions in Miami’s 4-3 front. Having experience playing both mack and buck in Pittsburgh’s system, as well as outside linebacker, it would certainly not defy belief that he could be suited to multiple positions.

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  • afrazier9

    I still believe it was a mistake letting him walk. I’m not a VW fan I believe he is going to be a big liability even ten times more then Timmons was during passing plays, and it wasn’t his fault that they kept putting him in messed up coverage situations. I hope VW can handle it.

  • dany

    So much for the hope of him sucking so much in the offseason that he’s outright cut and returns week 1 to pittsburgh ready for a championship

    I can dream can’t I?


    Does he count toward a compensatory pick, because if he does, I want him to tear it up. I am hoping that for Jarvis Jones and Marcus Wheaton.

  • dany

    True. Though if this team is all in for 2017 then a 5th rounder (which is all they can get since he’s over 30 right??) for Timmons doesn’t compare to having him here for this year

  • falconsaftey43

    I was ok with letting him walk, but was kinda thinking they’d add someone else to the ILB room, not necessarily to start over Williams, but at least as a backup. Now that I see they haven’t, I’m not really sure what the point in letting him walk was. Guess we’ll see how much of our cap space Bell, Tuitt, AV extensions will eat up, cuz right now Timmons would have easily fit in.

  • Rocksolid20

    Hope Timmons is a Pro Bowler and Steelers get a 3rd round comp. pick .

  • Michael Mosgrove

    false. the best they can get from timmons now is a 5th rounder.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    hes going to be playing new england more regularly. here’s to hoping he crushes brady.

  • johnnypudding

    LT probably has a couple more decent years, but that does not mean the steelers should have tried harder to re-sign him…VW has always played well as a backup and will be fine

  • Luis Grove

    Good for Lt

  • Big White

    Perhaps the most consistent Steelers linebacker ever. Throw Ham, David Little and James Harrison into that conversation.

  • John Noh

    Yep, and it now takes the training wheels off Shaz as the man in charge of the middle of the field. Good for LT – wish him the best except if he happens to play the Steelers in the playoffs this year.

  • Sam Clonch

    Deal for Bell probably reduces his cap hit.

  • Sam Clonch

    It’s not that he’s over 30, it’s because he has played 10 seasons. Although it would be impressive to have 10 years and NOT BE 30 yet!

  • Sam Clonch

    Would have liked him to stick around, but not at $11 mill guaranteed.

  • Mallory Fluehr-Carll

    Dolphin fan here: looking forward to seeing Timmons play. We desperately needed a veteran LB who has a presence on the field. I’ve seen pieces of his work, and I’m excited to see how that translates to our defense.

    Good luck to you guys this upcoming season!

  • Steve Johnson

    Agree, I would have liked for Timmons to retire as a Steeler. What I don’t understand is this, Tomlin/Butler could have used him as a temporary pass rusher on certain downs, they elected not to. Great Coaches understand and know how to fit players to their schemes, oppose to trying to fit a scheme to multiple players.

  • Steve Johnson

    Football in shorts, I will Check him out when he play the Cheatriots. If Timmons is succesdful, must be the scheme and Coaching.

  • falconsaftey43

    Timmons was Blitzed quite a lot, and was very good at it. He had 2.5 sacks last year, 5 in 2015 etc He has 35.5 career sacks. He was not a good edge rusher, as evidenced by the one year he had to play OLB in place of the injured Harrison.

  • Sam Clonch

    Yeah, but again not at $11 mill.

  • He’s a very solid player and person–we wish him the very best and good luck, too, with your coming seasong. Btw, please beat the Patriots…three times! ;<))

  • WilliamSekinger

    As the saying goes it is better to let a declining player go a year too early than a year too late. Definitely wish him well unless he is playing the Steelers!

  • Matt

    Agreed. I remember the year he got flexed outside because of injury at OLB. He was a nonfactor for the most part is my recollection of his time on the outside.

  • Ike Evans

    Law dog….miami got a good 1

  • Conserv_58

    That right there is the whole reason why he’s in miami and not finishing his career in Pittsburgh.

  • Conserv_58

    I remember that year and Lawrence was just O.M.G. awful on the outside. I remember when the Steelers tried to have Kendrell Bell play for Joey Porter after Porter was shot in the butt. Kendrell Bell was a fish out of water. He didn’t know what he was doing and as a consequence he was getting beaten badly.

  • Conserv_58

    Please. Did you watch the game when, because of injury, they had Lawrence play on the outside? It was ugly… very ugly.

  • Conserv_58

    He does count in next year’s compensatory picks. I think the reports have the Steelers netting a fifth round compensatory pick for him.

  • Conserv_58

    The phins got a very good player and person. It’s tough to see Lawrence play in another uniform, but I also can’t blame the Steelers for not wanting to pay him $11 mill per season at this stage of his career.

  • “WC”

    The reality of the situation is this. Yes he had a great career in Pittsburgh and we fans are very appreciative of his dedication to the team.

    Can’t remember the name right off hand, but he went home to play for the Saints, Allen I think.

    If the money was right he might have stayed, however if he wanted to finish out his career in Florida, that’s cool as far as I’m concerned. I mean get you a nice home, etc., lay on the beach, etc., what’s not to like about that.

    Although he probably has a home or two already.

    When he retires, I’m assuming he will do so as a Steeler! Can’t ask for much more that that!

  • dany

    ah thanks! Yeah, not even Amobi Okoye

  • MC

    Timmons has always been one of my favourites, I feel like I liked him more because a lot of his work goes unnoticed. Sad to see him in other colours but i’m glad he got paid, dude deserves every penny. A real professional.

  • MC

    Got yourself a durable veteran that is great for any locker room. I hope he puts some shots on Brady!

  • Matthew Marczi

    Not because of the talent that got him through his first decade in the league?